Who to meet
Multimedia artist Martha Clippinger makes dimensional paintings with leftover pieces of wood as well as various woven and quilted textiles. Her patterns and designs are heavily influenced by her many trips to Mexico, specifically the Oaxaca region. She is based in Durham but her work is on view in “12X12: 12 Artists from the 12th State,”on view through April 22 at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art. Read more about her as the latest Carolina Art Crush.
What to do
Apply for the town of Cornelius’s annual public art display, “Beyond Walls,” by Feb. 9. Selected works for the fourth annual exhibition will be installed at Robbins Park in Cornelius from May 2018 through January 2019. Jurors are looking for freestanding sculptures that will weather well in the outdoors and can withstand wind gusts. The selection panel is made up of a group of town staff, Public Art Committee members, art professionals, curators and citizens of Cornelius, and they will vote to select approximately 10 pieces to be on view.
What to try
Channel your inner artist at the Bob Ross Paintalong hosted by Camp North End at 7 p.m. Feb. 15. Attendees will watch an episode of Bob Ross’s classic television series, then create their own mini-masterpieces full of fluffy clouds and happy trees. Amateurs are welcome, $15 registration is required.
Where to go
Head to Belmont before March 11 to see the new exhibition at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, “Egyptian Tapestries.” Work on view includes two dozen garden-themed tapestries celebrating the flowers known to inhabitants of the desert, villages and Nile River basin in Egypt. Garden curators have complemented the visuals in the tapestries by incorporating a number of native Egyptian plants in the orchid conservatory. The tapestries (which can be purchased) were made by artisans weaving at the Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre in Giza, Egypt, and this is their first exhibition in the Carolinas. The exhibit is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and free with the cost of admission to the garden ($12.95 for adults, $6.95 children 2-12, $11.95 60+).
Each week, Grace Cote and Lia Newman offer Observer readers a to-do list on immersing yourself in visual arts around town. Newman is director/curator of the Van Every/Smith Galleries at Davidson College, Cote is senior coordinator at Jerald Melberg Gallery, and they collaborate on the blog HappeningsCLT (happeningsCLT.com).
For a seasonlong visual arts calendar, go to: www.charlotteobserver.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article172583126.html.