Local Arts

Artful: What to do and see in Charlotte

Grain Jar with Orange Flash by Denny Gerwin.
Grain Jar with Orange Flash by Denny Gerwin. Sozo Gallery

Each week, Grace Cote, Lia Newman, and Kati Stegall 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, Stegall is Art-in-Transit program administrator at the Charlotte Area Transit System, and they collaborate on the blog HappeningsCLT (happeningsCLT.com).

Who to meet

Tom Stanley is one of the hardest working, most talented artists in the Carolinas. Take a little road trip to see his latest exhibition, “Slide Script Paintings,” at Hampton III Gallery in Taylors, S.C. (near Greenville). The exhibition covers more than two decades of Stanley’s works, including some favorites from the “Profiles” and “En Route to Hamlet” series. Stanley’s free-floating narratives often employ mechanical drawing techniques, sgraffito, and expressive brushwork. If you want to learn more directly from the artist, we suggest checking out the gallery’s “Coffee and Conversation” event at 11 a.m. April 2.

What to do

Check out two events at Sozo Gallery, both related to its upcoming exhibition featuring Danny Gerwin, ceramic artist and assistant professor of 3D Art at Queens University. The opening reception is 6 to 8:30 p.m. March 11, and a “Lunch and Lecture” will be at noon March 22. Bring your own lunch; the gallery will provide drinks and dessert. Email gracie@sozogallery.net to register in advance.

Where to go

Sunday Fun Day at the Mint Museum Uptown! The event, scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. March 13, is jam-packed with family-friendly activities, including art projects, artist demos, yoga sessions, and a visit to “Modern Musings: European Works on Paper.” The event is $6 for adults, free for children and museum members.