Local Arts

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

Katie Walker’s “When He Told Her She Talked Too Much,” 2015.
Katie Walker’s “When He Told Her She Talked Too Much,” 2015. Courtesy of the artist

What to do

Go to the opening reception for Hodges Taylor's newest exhibition, 6-8 p.m. Aug. 3. In “Aerial View,” painter Katie Walker presents recent works rendered in her "expressionistic map-making" style, which are birds-eye-views of places from her memories. In her studio, she paints on the floor to allow herself the correct perspective from above. The compositions are colorful and filled with flat, geometric planes as well as calligraphic, sweeping strokes. Walker has been associated with Hodges Taylor since the late 1990s and is based in Greenville, S.C.

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Juan Logan’s “Elegy XXX,” 2018. Copyright © Juan Logan, courtesy of the artist and SOCO Gallery

Who to meet

Meet Juan Logan at the opening of his exhibition “Long Silence” at SOCO Gallery, 6-8 p.m. Aug. 1. This is Logan's first gallery exhibition in a while, and it features paintings and works on paper from his most recent body of work, “Elegies.” A common theme among the works is constellation-like lines connecting randomly placed dots, creating fictional networks that reference our universal connectedness. According to the gallery's press release, these intriguing maps "reinforce our obligation to one another and to unconditional empathy as a means against indifference."

Where to go

Check out the McColl Center Alumni and Local Artist Showcase at Anne Nielson Fine Art, 6-8 p.m. Aug. 2. The Morrison Square gallery will exhibit works by Linda Luise Brown, Ivan Toth Depeña, Tony Griffin, Diane Hughes, Carmella Jarvi, Terry Shipley and Kristen van Diggelen Sloan. This exhibition will be very diverse in media and will include glass, ceramics, photography and abstract and realist paintings.

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).