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
Micah Cash is a Charlotte-based painter and photographer whose work is on view at Sozo Gallery in uptown. His slightly abstract landscape paintings toe the line between anonymity and familiarity. Cash is concerned with place and delves into the ways people give a sense of meaning to it with their own projected narratives and histories. See his work at Sozo Gallery, at the Young Affiliates of the Mint’s 80x80 exhibition, or at C3 Lab’s “No Vacancy” performance series.
What to do
The Young Affiliates of the Mint will host an opening reception for 80x80 at the Mint Museum Uptown 6-10 p.m. June 10. That’s 80 works of art, commemorating the museum’s approaching 80th anniversary. Some 320 artists submitted a total of 1,100 works. Of the 68 artists selected, 25 are in the Charlotte area, and overall, 17 states are represented. The result? A curated but comprehensive look at what living artists are making right now. The work will be on view through June 25 in the Mint’s fifth-floor gallery.
Where to go
PROMPT Party at McColl Center for Art + Innovation from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday. The Center continues its 16-year creative streak with this exhibition, in which three artists are “prompted” by Charlotte art world fixture Shaun Cassidy. Alumni Artists-in-Residence Quisqueya Henríquez, Susan Lee-Chun and Willie Little get four weeks to build site-specific works responding to a three-pronged prompt by Cassidy that involved such directives as “Create an artwork that uses the following pairs of words as the catalyst: divisions and differences; connections and intersections.” We can’t wait to see what these artists do!