Local Arts

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

Elizabeth Palmisano is a Charlotte artist leading a papermaking workshop on July 21 at C3 Lab.
Elizabeth Palmisano is a Charlotte artist leading a papermaking workshop on July 21 at C3 Lab. Courtesy of the artist

Who to meet

Charlotte’s newest mermaid: Last week, painter Sharon Dowell wrapped up a 10- by 90-foot mural featuring a mermaid of Mexican heritage with tattoos that represent historical and current businesses in the South End district. The new public mural graces the facade of the Design Center of the Carolinas. You may recognize Dowell’s bright, graphic paintings or, more recently, her work with the newly opened light rail extension. Her designs are along the I-277 underpass, and she created mosaics and windscreens for the 25th Street station.

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Part of Sharon Dowell’s new mermaid mural in South End. Courtesy of the artist

Where to go

Head to the McColl Center for Art + Innovation uptown for its latest Community Pie Social, a throwback to a simple time where people got together to enjoy good food and good conversation. At 6:30 p.m. July 19, guests can experience neighborly fellowship and engage on topical issues facing our community. Given that its current exhibition investigates heritage varieties of fruit-bearing trees (see the story on Sam Van Aken’s installation here), conversation will center on access to healthy food options, and lack thereof, throughout our city. Admission is free, though registration is recommended. Guests are encouraged to bring their own home-baked sweet or savory pie.

What to do

Make paper! Join Charlotte artist Elizabeth Palmisano at her papermaking workshop at C3 Lab in South End from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 21. Palmisano works in fiber, book arts, printmaking and painting and her work has been on view in various galleries in town. She is interested in social justice and hosts workshops at art centers as well as substance use treatment facilities and community centers. In the workshop, participants will be led through a step-by-step process of creating traditional, rectangular white paper as well as circular paper, and shown how to embed items in the paper to create interesting shapes and shadows. Required registration is $75 (includes all materials).

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).