Local Arts

Artful: What to do and see in Charlotte

Nicholas Napoletano’s oil on canvas, now in ArtPop: You may have seen this off Commonwealth Avenue.
Nicholas Napoletano’s oil on canvas, now in ArtPop: You may have seen this off Commonwealth Avenue. Courtesy of Arts and Science Council

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

Nicholas Napoletano and the ArtPop billboard artists. Over the past few years, we hope you have noticed the many billboards around town featuring the work of local artists. It’s ArtPop, a public art initiative led by the Arts & Science Council. Annually, the program selects artists’ work to be featured on available donated billboards through a jurying and voting process. A recent favorite from the 2016 round is the figural work of Nicholas Napoletano, which graces a billboard perched above the new Legion Brewing on Commonwealth Avenue in Plaza Midwood. Keep a lookout for the other artworks highlighted along our major thoroughfares! Want to see others to watch for? Go to www.artsandscience.org/art-pop/2015-artpop-artists.

What to do

We wait eagerly for the day when all of the Levine Center for the Arts organizations will be open for free on the same night, but until then, we encourage you to take advantage of whatever programs are on offer. Bechtler by Night, happening every third Friday (next up: 5-9 p.m. March 18), allows visitors the opportunity to roam the galleries for free. Grab some pals and go see the latest exhibition, “The Art of the Print,” which is all about the printmaking process and its importance in modern art.

Where to go

On a public art hunt! Take advantage of our lovely spring weather and seek out the best public art in Charlotte. You can start with uptown, with the Arts and Science Council walking tour and brochure at www.artsandscience.org/images/stories/ProgramsServices/PublicArt/pawalkingtourbrochure.pdf.