Spring has sprung at Charlotte Fine Art Gallery! Award-winning artist Joni Purk creates vibrant oils with brush or palette knife in many different pictorial styles. On view in May: Purk's seasonal tableaus of flowers, animals, and plants, along with work on this theme by other CFA represented artists. Highlighted THRU May 31. Opening Reception/Meet the Artists: First Friday, May 3, 6-9 p.m. Refreshments served. Gallery hours: Tues 10A-4P; Wed & Thurs 10A-9P; Fri 10A-6P; Sat 10A-2P. Closed Sun and Mon. Email: email@example.com FREE
The public is invited to view the creative works of current oil painting students during its “Night Critter’s” 4th Annual Student Art Show which is free to the public and opens on May 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the main gallery located at 316 Main Street, Pineville, NC. In addition to the art exhibit, attendees will be treated to live music by MCC Music (Marie C. Calabro), wine and other beverages, as well as hors d’oeuvres, on opening night. FREE
This exhibit features a rich and varied showcase of the talent that lies in Cleveland County. Local artists exhibit their work and compete for awards totaling $2,050 in this prestigious competition. Free to Attend
Just because you live in the south doesn’t mean that you like NASCAR. Watching loud cars drive around and around and around just isn’t for everyone. What you may find more interesting is the huge influence that racing has had on film. In NASCAR Hall of Fame’s newest exhibit you’ll get to see the ways the sport has influenced blockbusters like Jurassic Park and Days of Thunder. Artifacts include items like the Cole Trickle car from Days of Thunder, the Doc Hudson car from Cars, the Wonder Bread car from Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and other objects from movie sets. $19.95-$12.95; free for members
Don’t miss the red-carpet worthy, star-studded coming attraction at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. “Lights. Camera. NASCAR.” illustrates the tremendous appeal NASCAR holds both on the track and the big screen. Glitz and glamour await as you explore NASCAR’s legacy in Hollywood from the promotion of blockbusters like “Jurassic Park” to starring roles in smash hits like “Days of Thunder.” Artifacts are ready for their close-ups and include items like the Doc Hudson car from “CARS,” the Wonder Bread car from “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” and dozens of other artifacts straight from the set. Admission is $19.95 for adults, $17.95 for seniors and military, $12.95 for children 5-12 and free for children younger than 5.
Exhibit explores science and physics through hands-on interaction and experimentation. The exhibit allows visitors to launch objects into the air, lie on a bed of nails, crush a garbage can, use a laser to listen to secret messages and more. Admission to the museum is $12 for adults; $10 for seniors and $9 for children; Free admission to children under 2 years old
Discover the secrets of stuff through chemistry and physics in this exhibit that allows visitors to experiment with forces and materials, through magnetism, electricity and more. Admission to the museum is $12 for adults; $10 for seniors and $9 for children; Free admission to children under 2 years old
Fun and learning go hand in hand at this exhibit for young visitors. The stimulating atmosphere relates to science and math. Children will learn by touching and testing different environments and activities, including water tables, wind tunnels, blocks, gears and air tubes. Admission to the museum is $12 for adults; $10 for seniors and $9 for children; Free admission to children under 2 years old
Exhibit explores the Earths's biodiversity, through a range of habitats and live species. From rainforests to aquariums, viewers can broaden their education and experience related hands-on activities. Admission to the museum is $12 for adults; $10 for seniors and $9 for children; Free admission to children under 2 years old
The interactive exhibit features Charlotte and its 13 surrounding counties as a case study to illustrate the profound changes in the South since the Civil War. $6 for adults; $5 for seniors, students and children 6-18 years old; Free for children 5 years old and under
Features live exhibits of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians native to North Carolina. Get close to wildlife by walking among butterflies in a Butterfly Pavilion, observing live animals in both Creative Cavern and Insect Alley and hang out in "Our Big Backyard" or explore the Paw Paw Nature Trail.
Highlights a variety of treasures from the Charlotte Museum of History collection, as well as borrowed items. $6 for adults; $5 for students and seniors; $3 for children 6-12 years old; Free for children under 6 years old
This exhibit traces a Charlotte city flag's journey to the North and South Poles. $6 for adults; $5 for students and seniors; $3 for children 6-12 years old; Free for children under 6 years old
Tells the story of Charlotte from the nation's first Gold Rush through the Civil War, World War II and other significant events up to the present day. $6 for adults; $5 for students and seniors; $3 for children 6-12 years old; Free for children under 6 years old
Learn about 18th century settlers who traveled the Great Wagon Road into the rugged N.C. Piedmont frontier. You can also view Charlotte, as it appeared in 1775 through an interactive diorama. $6 for adults; $5 for students and seniors; $3 for children 6-12 years old; Free for children under 6 years old