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).
What to do
Buy your ticket for Studio Party 16, the McColl Center for Art + Innovation’s annual gala. This year’s event celebrates 16 years of the McColl Center with an art sale, installations in the artist studios, performances, food, music and more. One of our favorite aspects of this event is the fact that all art sales directly benefit both the McColl Center and the contributing artists, with artists receiving 50 percent of the sale price of their work. This is not the case with most fundraisers, where artists are asked to donate 100 percent of the proceeds. This is just one more example of the exceptional support the McColl Center provides for artists.
Where to go
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Clayworks, the fourth-largest ceramic studio in the country, supports the work of emerging and established artists through classes, workshops, outreach and studio space. From 6 to 9 p.m. April 1 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 2, you will have the opportunity to buy both functional pottery and more sculpture works from 21 instructors and studio artists during the Annual Spring Sale & Open House. And if you catch the clay bug while visiting the studio, sign up for one of their spring classes (beginning April 4).