Local Arts

What to do and see in Charlotte

James (left) and Nathan Tucker at work in the studio.
James (left) and Nathan Tucker at work in the studio. Courtesy of Powder Studio

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

Powder Studio is the brainchild of two young ceramicists, Stephen James and Nathan Tucker, and provides the hippest slip-cast porcelain lighting, jewelry and homewares in the Carolinas. Self-described as Eccentric, Resourceful and Sassy (Stephen) and Dreamers, Design-geeks and [mess]Makers (Nathan), the pair have established a following for their beautiful, unique, handmade designs that are produced in a studio at Hart Witzen in NoDa. Catch them at the next Vintage Charlotte market (June 18) or on instagram @powderstudioclt.

What to do

From 6 to 10 p.m. June 4, Arthur Brouthers opens “CHROMA,” a one-weekend solo exhibition of his own work presented in a warehouse at 2322 Dunavant St. His popular paintings are bright, abstract swirls of acrylic color that are finished with a thick, clear shellac coating. In “CHROMA,” which promises to be a “multi-sensory art exhibit,” he will showcase paintings, video projections, dramatic lighting and curated music. Half the proceeds from sales of a limited print will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to honor a lifelong friend lost in February, he said. Follow Brouthers on instagram at @arthurbros or visit his website.

Where to go

The Dwelling, a pop-up gallery featuring one-night exhibitions in people’s homes, presents work by Zach Greenway, 5-9 p.m. June 3 at 1512 Moretz Ave. The Dwelling is effective at pulling young, regional artists out of obscurity and giving them a spotlight. Greenway’s graphic work consists of jigsaw-cut wooden wall hangings that are “a new hieroglyphic of Southern weirdness,” according to The Dwelling. These hip openings have become one of our go-to sources for the latest and greatest in the Charlotte art scene.