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What’s up this week in Charlotte’s visual arts?

April 14 is another Open Studio Saturday at McColl Center for Art + Innovation.
April 14 is another Open Studio Saturday at McColl Center for Art + Innovation.

Where to go

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"Slivers 5," 2018, by Shaun Cassidy. Courtesy of New Gallery of Modern Art

Stop by the New Gallery of Modern Art to see works by some of our favorites in town: Shaun Cassidy, Maja Godlewska and Barbara Schreiber. Although there isn’t much listed about the exhibition yet on the Gallery’s website, Godlewska’s motion-filled, swirling compositions, Schreiber’s intricate paintings – often images of beauty alluding to dark, ugly subjects – and Cassidy’s jewel-toned mixed media works (which seem closely linked to his typical slick, brightly colored sculptural forms) will make for an engaging trio with lots to explore and unpack.

The exhibition will be on view beginning Tuesday April 10 through May 7, 2018.

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"Rabbit Ascending," 2018, by Barbara Schreiber. Courtesy of the artist

What to do

Visit the McColl Center for its Open Studio Saturday noon-4 p.m. April 14. This event is one of the last public opportunities to converse with the current slate of artists-in-residence, including Xenobia Bailey, Bethany Collins, Javier de Frutos, Julio Gonzalez and Marion Wilson. The Open Studio events are always a great way to learn more about the creative process, directly from artists. Plus, there will be several hands-on activities, including Making Patterns with Typewriters with Charlotte artist Laurie Smithwick, and Cards for Neighbors, a small part of The Center’s A Tale of Two Cities initiative, focused around activities that aim to ease the challenges that confront vulnerable populations in our city. Visitors will also have the chance to see exhibitions on the second and third floors.

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Olivia Adams' "Dispersion" (detail), 2018. Courtesy of Winthrop University Galleries F

Who to meet

Students! April is the month when most of the academic institutions feature works by student artists. These exhibitions are always interesting, in part because it’s an opportunity to get a glimpse into the next generation of art makers. You will see a range of media, techniques, and ideas – often experimental – within each exhibition. Central Piedmont Community College’s 2018 Annual Student Exhibition opens April 10 with awards at 5 p.m. in Pease Auditorium, followed the exhibition reception at 6 in the Pease Gallery. Later in the week, catch Winthrop University’s 30th Annual Undergraduate Juried Exhibition in the Rutledge Gallery and MFA exhibition in the Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery, both opening 6:30-8 p.m. April 13.

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.

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