Local Arts

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

Tom Stanley’s “en route to hamlet,” 1995.
Tom Stanley’s “en route to hamlet,” 1995. Courtesy of Hodges Taylor

Where to go

The South End art scene will be abuzz on the evening of Dec. 7 for its monthly First Friday Gallery Crawl. Stop by Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art from 5 to 8 p.m. to meet New York-based abstract painter Ralph Turturro and see new work. Hidell Brooks is showing the 40-year retrospective “Herb Jackson: Across Time” and C3 Lab will open “Intersections,” an annual group show featuring work by its artists-in-residence, of which there are more than 20.

Herb Jackson’s “Veronica’s Veil ccxxxviii,” 2018. Courtesy of Hidell Brooks

Who to meet

Also on Dec. 7, make sure to visit Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy. “Tom Stanley: En Route to Here” will showcase paintings from the past two decades and opens with a reception (6-8 p.m.) with the artist. Since his recent retirement from Winthrop University's Art Department, Stanley has been extremely productive and busy. His latest show opens at Hodges Taylor in conjunction with the South End crawl. This marks his second solo exhibition with the gallery.

What to do

Visit the new exhibition “Under Construction: Collage from the Mint Museum,” now on view at the Mint Museum Uptown. Drawing together nearly 100 works from the museum’s permanent collection, this exhibition focuses purely on the medium of collage, which experienced a renaissance after World War II, due in large part to Charlotte native Romare Bearden – whose work plays a special role in this exhibition. The exhibition will also contain works by Sam Gilliam, Robert Motherwell, James Rosenquist, Robert Rauschenberg and others. On view through Aug. 18, 2019.

Cristina Toro’s “The Invisible Life of Small Things,” 2011, at the Mint. Keara Reburn Courtesy of the Mint Museum

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: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article217677675.html.