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

“Johannesburg 2081 A.D.” from the “Africa 2081 A.D.” series, 2014, by Lekan Jeyifo and Walé Oyéjidé; digital print.
“Johannesburg 2081 A.D.” from the “Africa 2081 A.D.” series, 2014, by Lekan Jeyifo and Walé Oyéjidé; digital print. Courtesy Ikiré Jones

Who to meet

Join Winthrop University professor and art historian Dr. Alice Burmeister for an in-depth conversation about West African factory-printed textiles at 7 p.m. Dec. 12.

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Ngozi Dress from the “Independence” collection of 2010 by designer Ituen Bassey, based in Lagos, Nigeria, and London. Courtesy of the designer; photo by Joshua White/JWPictures.com

The textiles can be seen in both the Mint Museum’s exhibition “African-Print Fashion Now!” and “Yinka Shonibare: The American Library at the Van Every/Smith Galleries at Davidson College. Burmeister will focus on how the textiles are used to communicate, particularly by women throughout West Africa. The Mint is open late that night so you can catch the related exhibition and see other objects in the permanent collection after Burmeister’s talk.

What to do

Find some time to focus on your creativity this holiday season. For $30 (members) or $35 (non-members), sign up for Mano-a-Mono at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation. You’ll take home your own original prints at the end of this two-hour introductory printmaking workshop with artist Felicia van Bork. RSVP in advance, as many of the McColl’s workshops have been selling out.

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.

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