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
Linda Luise Brown, painter, writer and teacher. If you have not met Brown, you have not met one of the bright minds of the Charlotte art scene. Now represented by New Gallery of Modern Art, Brown recently finished her second artist residency at McColl Center for Art + Innovation, as well as a residency at Arte Studio Ginestrelle in Assisi, Italy. She wrote about our art scene in the 1990s and early 2000s, but now focuses primarily on painting. We find her work abstract, bright and energetic; according to art writer Barbara Schreiber, who wrote about her two years ago in the Observer, her “luminous oils often seem like portals to mysterious spaces.” Get to know her more in our recently published artist interview on happeningsclt.com.
What to do
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Say farewell to Arthole Noda, at 908 E. 35th St., at 8 p.m. June 24. Begun by PBR colleagues John Varvaro and Rob Reilly to showcase the winners of the company’s annual design-a-beer-can contest, this three-month gallery experiment turned into a successful yearlong venture. In that time, local artists Arko and Owl, Badjiggy, Matt Hooker, Matt Moore, Will Puckett, Lauren Puckett, Two Dimes, Henry Schreiber and Alex DeLarge have displayed their work. For this last show, past exhibiting artists will showcase one new artwork. Join them and enjoy the free-flowing PBR (for the over-21 crowd only). Cheers!
Where to go
If PBR isn’t your thing, head across the border on June 24 to see “Pacts and Invocation: Magic and Ritual in Contemporary Art” at the Spartanburg Art Museum (the opening’s 5-8 p.m.). Organized and curated by printmaker and graphic artist Erik Waterkotte, this exhibition will showcase a number of Charlotte artists, including Malena Bermann, Aspen Hochhalter, Janet Williams and Anna Kenar. According to Waterkotte, whose work is also on view, “the power of symbols and objects is a fascinating archetype of human culture and expression, and this influence remains vehement today in the works of contemporary artists [who] practice a range of traditional and non-traditional media.” Definitely worth the drive.