When it comes to Charlotte's contemporary art scene this spring, as the cliché goes, there's pretty much something for everyone. Gallery shows? Check. Scrappy independent efforts? Check. Social engagement? Check. Here is a small sampling of the offerings by the big, by the small and by those on the outskirts -- all not be missed:
• In the indie department, there's Dugg Dugg, a prolific curatorial/artist team with several exhibitions under its belt since March 2009. Dugg Dugg is now putting together Southern Holiday, a multiple-venue expanded version of its 2009 exhibition/festival/slumber party. In collaboration with other organizations, it plans to bring together an eclectic mix of media, ranging from poetry to painting, from dance to debate, for a weeklong creative "holiday." Surely an ambitious undertaking, but if anyone can pull it off, it has to be this group of artists.
What: Southern Holiday
When: May 17-23
Where: All around town. duggdugg.com.
• Since March 8, venerated North Carolina artist Patrick Dougherty has been installing a major sculptural work made from discarded saplings at the new Community Performance Center in downtown Rock Hill, S.C. ACE Projects, a privately funded program based at Winthrop University, is providing the financial support for this effort. The installation will continue until the end of March, so you have many opportunities to watch it in progress. Gallery Up, also on Main Street, is presenting an exhibition of photographs documenting Dougherty's installations throughout the world; there will be a reception on April 15, 6 p.m-9 p.m.
What: Patrick Dougherty Installation
Where: Community Performance Center, 249 E. Main Street, Rock Hill. www2.winthrop.edu/vpa/Galleries/ACE.htm.
What: Patrick Dougherty Photographs
When: April 15 -- May 7
Where: Gallery Up, 201 E. Main Street, Rock Hill. galleryup.com.
• And, of course, what arts guide would be complete without some blatant self-promotion? The Pecha Kucha Nights are back. Last year's four events brought together high art, showmanship, craft and sheer chutzpah -- all in bite-sized portions -- and mixed them with drinking and socializing. The new series kicks off in April.
What: Pecha Kucha
When: April 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Dharma Lounge, 1440 S Tryon St. point8.org/pechakucha.
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