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
Become a docent at the Mint Museum of Art! A thorough training program will prepare you to give tours to a wide range of people, including elementary and secondary school students. Learn more about this volunteer opportunity at an open house July 27, 10-11:30 a.m. Advance registration is required. Contact Joel Smeltzer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who to meet
Meet Charlotte-based painter Holly Keogh and photographers Katherine Kirchner, Lydia Bittner-Baird, Ty Brown, Brittany Little, Dan Tek, Hamilton Ward, Tiffany Long and Maly Por during the opening reception, 7-10 p.m. July 29, of “View Finder: Constructed Narrative.” Keogh curated this project, at C3 Lab, inspired by philosopher Jacques Derrida’s notion of photography as “a technically mediated moment of witnessing.” Keogh notes that by making decisions about what to include or exclude, photography both “illuminates and obscures … The photograph becomes something between translation and invention.”
Where to go
Unless you travel by private plane, you probably haven’t seen an impressive work of art installed a few months ago at Charlotte Douglas International Airport’s fixed base operator facility (that’s where private planes go). It’s worth making a quick detour over to see Hoss Haley’s “Old Growth,” a 40-foot-tall, 40,000-pound sculpture, supported through the Arts and Science Council’s public art program.