Each week, Lia Newman and Grace Cote 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).
Where to go
If you love the Vintage Charlotte markets organized by Amy Herman, don’t miss VTGCLT Pop – a full-scale pop-up shop open Dec. 11-20 at 100 E. Stonewall St. (the old Goodyear building). It will feature vintage and handmade items from 85 local and regional vendors. You can shop daily from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and there will be special guests and activities scattered throughout the 10-day event, including a wreath-making workshop with Studio Cultivate at 6 p.m. Dec. 16.
What to do
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Support small businesses this holiday season. Having trouble finding a gift? Visit Lark & Key’s Holiday Showcase – a collection of work from the local, regional, and national artists, potters, and jewelers they represent that’ll be on display and available through Jan. 30; 128 E. Park Ave.
Who to meet
Jason Watson, artist and educator, has been a critical part of the art community since moving to Charlotte a few years ago. An alumnus of the McColl Center Affiliate Artist Residency program, he can be found working in his studio at Hart Witzen Gallery in NoDa or at the Community School of the Arts, where he recently took a position as visual arts manager. His work can be seen in January 2017, when he’ll have a two-person exhibition at CPCC with Stacey Davidson, artist and professor from Winthrop University.