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).
Where to go
LaCa Projects’ “Collective II: Latin American Perspectives” opening reception, 6-9 p.m. March 24. To celebrate its third anniversary, LaCa Projects is presenting an exhibition of works by artists from Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Argentina, Colombia and Mexico, attempting to reveal both the distinct style of each artist while at the same time representing the richness of Latin American culture. 1429 Bryant St.
What to do
Apply for a residency at Elysian Collective. If you are an artist, you know how difficult it can be to come by affordable studio space in uptown Charlotte and surrounding areas. But by looking just a little farther out of town you can find hidden gems like the Elysian Collective. Less than 30 minutes drive northwest of Charlotte, artists Sarah DeShields and Joanna Ahlman have uncovered a little paradise for artists in Mount Holly. Together they created the Elysian Collective to provide a steady space in a 1920s home where artists can work, host retreats, play and, of course, exhibit and sell their work.
Who to meet
Artist Matt Steele. He came to Charlotte in 2012 and decided to never leave. One of our favorite artists (and people) in town, Steele creates minimalist sculptures and ethereal drawings reminiscent of complex architecture and engineered structures. You can find him at McColl Center for Art and Innovation, where he serves as manager of creative services, and you may recall the work he did that pierced the center of the old Goodyear building uptown, part of the recently retired Skyline Artist in Residence Program. You can see more at the McColl Center’s upcoming Studio Party 16.