Local Arts

What to do and see in Charlotte

Eliana Arenas, “Black”: bracelet, black vellum paper, gray wool, monofilament, sterling silver, magnets.
Eliana Arenas, “Black”: bracelet, black vellum paper, gray wool, monofilament, sterling silver, magnets. Courtesy McColl Center for Art + Innovation

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

Stephen L. Hayes Jr. wrapped up a yearlong residency at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation last week, but he has made quite the mark on the Carolinas with his moving and highly informed installations and artworks, which consider the relevance of African-Americans’ histories in everyone’s culture today. In an interview earlier this year, he said, “I’m American. Even though there might be an African-American influence, I make artwork for people.” His artwork is still on view in Greensboro at The International Civil Rights Center and Museum and we look forward to finding out where he will pop up next.

What to do

Explore the artist-led workshops at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation. On May 12, alumna artist-in-residence Eliana Arenas will lead a contemporary recycled jewelry workshop in which participants will create their own wearable artworks with recycled materials they bring with them. $30 each; registration required: mccollcenter.org/events/workshop-with-eliana-arenas/124

Where to go: On Sunday, May 15, 1-5 p.m., enjoy discounted admission to the new Mint Museum Uptown exhibition “Here & Now: 80 Years of Photography at the Mint” during Sunday Fun-Day: A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words. Typically the museum’s admission is $12 for adults, but that price is cut to $6 on May 15. The exhibition showcases about 215 stunning photographs curated from the museum’s permanent collection. Sounds like the perfect Sunday afternoon to us!

Details: bit.ly/1Yb3ITP.