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What’s up this week in Charlotte’s visual arts? | Nov. 4-10

Richard Heipp’s “Clinton with Rider, 2009.”
Richard Heipp’s “Clinton with Rider, 2009.” Courtesy of UNC Charlotte

Where to go

On Nov. 6, 6-9 p.m., attend the opening of “Double Vision: Photocentric Paintings by Richard Heipp, 1975-2018” at UNC Charlotte’s Projective Eye Gallery uptown. The Florida artist creates paintings through airbrushing that imitate, and frankly look just like, photography. His process encourages viewers to reconsider the “traditional assumptions about the separation of manual craftsmanship and mechanical production.” This exhibition is curated by the new gallery director, Adam Justice, who recently left the Mint Museum of Art for this position. The artist will do a presentation at 6:30 p.m.; a reception will follow.

What to see

The opening reception for The Light Factory’s latest exhibition, “Beyond the Frame,” will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 8. That title comes from the name of a yearlong TLF program, created to foster a community of female photographers. Participants took part in workshops with defined prompts, and also got access to mentors and equipment that allowed them to explore their own creative processes. The exhibition will showcase artwork by the program’s 10 photographers.

Who to meet

You can get a book signed and hear a lecture by Julian Porter and Stephen Grant, authors of “149 Paintings You Really Need to See in North America (So You Can Ignore the Others)” at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 7. This essential companion to all the major North American museums and galleries highlights some of the world’s greatest paintings, from Giotto to Robert Motherwell. The book signing begins at 5:30 at the Mint Museum Uptown’s store, followed by a 6:30 p.m. author presentation in the museum’s Level 5 space. This book is the follow-up companion to 2013’s “149 Paintings You Really Need to See in Europe.” This event is organized and hosted by Sphere Series.

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).

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