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
Atomic: The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art’s 2016 Gala, 7-11 p.m. April 8. The theme of the party coincides with last week’s opening of “The House That Modernism Built,” an exhibition celebrating modern design and aesthetic in art, furniture and installation. Tickets begin at $175; proceeds benefit the museum’s operations, including future exhibitions, programs and educational outreach efforts.
What to do
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Visit the new exhibition “Wunderkabinett” at The Light Factory, showcasing photographs exploring the micro world of insects, many created via alternative processes. The exhibition opens April 8, and an artist talk and opening reception are scheduled for 5:30-8:30 p.m. April 9. Exhibiting artists are Marcus DeSieno, Daniel Kariko, Angela Franks Wells and Josh White.
Who to meet
Charlotte photographer JoAnn Sieburg-Baker. A digital fine art photographer, she captures the spirit of the landscapes and locales she visits with bright, energetic color. Her work is in the permanent collections of numerous institutions including the Mint Museum and the N.C. Museum of Art, though you may know her from her 2014 ArtPop billboard, in which her photograph “Pine Tree Cathedral” was featured. A former affiliate artist at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation, her work will be on view at its annual fundraiser Studio Party 16 (April 16).