Local Arts

What’s up this week in Charlotte’s visual arts?

“Betty’s Decanter, New York, 1961”; 2014, oil on linen, by Andrew Leventis.
“Betty’s Decanter, New York, 1961”; 2014, oil on linen, by Andrew Leventis. Courtesy of the artist

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).

What to do

Show your own artwork! There are several opportunities around town to exhibit your own works of art, including upcoming at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation. The McColl Center Member Show is a non-juried, salon-style exhibition, open to any current McColl Center member. Entries are due Aug. 4-5, so start getting them ready now! And don’t forget to support the McColl Center by renewing your membership. An opening reception for the exhibition will run 5-9 p.m. Aug. 13, and works will remain on view through Aug. 27.

Who to meet

Learn more about Andrew Leventis, painter, new assistant professor of painting at UNCC, and our latest Carolina Art Crush. Leventis creates unique still life portrait paintings, inspired by period dramas on film and television.