Local Arts

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

Work by Susan Brenner, at Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art.
Work by Susan Brenner, at Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art. Courtesy of Elder Gallery

Where to go

Make the rounds on Friday, Sept. 7 – a busy night for the arts in Charlotte that includes the South End Gallery Crawl. Our suggestions include seeing Susan Brenner’s work 5-8 p.m. at Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art, where Brenner, retired UNC Charlotte professor and a fixture in the art community, exhibits her exquisite paintings. Brenner’s compositions are fluid; your eyes will keep moving around the canvas – fitting for primarily abstract works, some of which are from the aptly named series “After Migration.” We’re also looking forward to learning more about Los Angeles-based artist Chase Langford, who sources content for his geometric paintings from U.S. and world travel. We also suggest stopping in to Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy during the art crawl if you haven’t seen Katie Walker’s exhibition, “Aerial View.” The Greenville-based artist creates what she calls “expressionistic map-making” – expressive, sometimes geometric paintings that aim to map memories of particular places and people.

Chase Langford, Chroma x 20, 2016, Oil on canvas, 36__x 48__
Chase Langford’s “Chroma x 20,” 2016. Courtesy of Elder Gallery

Who to meet

More than 60 accomplished potters convene each year at the Mint Museum Randolph for a one-day sale. The 14th annual Potters Market Invitational (PMI) takes place this year 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 8. In addition to seeing and buying spectacular work, the event also includes pottery demonstrations, live music, a beer garden, raffle, and access to the Mint Museum’s galleries. Folks we were excited to see on this year’s list include first-time participants Ibrahim Said and Pat Scull, as well as returning artists Akira Satake, Gillian Parke and Josh Copus.

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Work by Josh Copus. Tim Barnwell Tim Barnwell

What to do

Head to the Lewandowski Student Gallery at Winthrop University from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 6 to see a new show featuring photographs by documentarian Tina Manley. The artist’s intent in “Putting a Face on Syria, Hope through Education,” featuring images of Syrian refugee children displaced to Lebanon or other parts of Syria, is to raise both awareness as well as dollars for scholarships for the children. We haven’t seen the exhibition yet, but in this current divisive climate around refugees and immigrants, we appreciate the willingness of institutions to support the work of artists taking on these topics.

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).