With gallery closings on the rise, we’re especially pleased to announce a reopening. Hidell Brooks Gallery, which closed its doors back in November of 2012 to renovate and expand its quarters, is back in the game with three distinct exhibition spaces and more storage space. The new floorplan is credited to Lindsay Smith — who also designed the gallery back in 1998 — of Dimcheff Smith Studio. To celebrate, Hidell Brooks will be having a reception for its 15 Year Anniversary Group. The exhibit will showcase artwork by 34 different artists of varying styles and mediums. They include works by artist Sherrie Wolf, who combines detailed still lifes with a backdrop of whimsical landscapes, portraiture and scenery; Selena Beaudry, who uses cut-up pieces of painted paper to intricately layer her colorful, funky compositions; and Miranda Lake, who uses wax and collage to create psychedelic nature displays. Katherine Ace, Philip Geiger, Johan Hagaman, David Kroll, Rana Raochet, Amanda Talley, and many others will also be sharing. Free admission
It's no big surprise that Vicki Sawyer grew up with a family that loved nature or that it rubbed off on the Tennessee-based artist, who frequently paints portraits of animals and surrounding aspects of the wilderness. Her acrylic works are realistic, yet somewhat unnatural in appearance. Having worked closely with painting birds, Sawyer deviates by painting on accessories like hats and masks to her feathered and/or furry subjects. Her latest exhibit at Lark & Key features paintings like these, in addition to others — some of which include a sheep with an assortment of birds nesting in its fur and a child clothed in vines with a bird sitting on his shoulders. It's all just too cute to be true. With pottery by Paula Smith. Opening reception on April 5, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Free admission
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Opening reception on April 5th, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free
Step into the Elements! Kids' Camp Discover and experiment with the seven elements of art using a variety of materials. Be inspired and learn how famous artists used the elements as you construct your own masterpiece. Time: Monday-Friday June 10-14 Ages 7-9: 10 a.m.-11 a.m., $100 Ages 10-12: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., $120 To register, call or visit the Gallery or email email@example.com with questions. Gallery Hours: Tues 10A-4P; Wed & Thurs 10A-9P; Fri 10A-6P; Sat 10A-2P. Closed Sun & Mon. See listing.
Experiments in Abstraction with Watercolor Experiment with various nontraditional techniques on a two-dimensional surface and create your own expressive work. Time: Saturdays, June 8, 15, 22, and 29, 10:30–1 p.m. Ages: 16 to Adult Cost: $100 Floral Painting in Watercolor Experiment with various techniques while focusing on floral imagery. Discover colors, techniques, and shapes that are personally significant. Supply list at time of registration. Additional supplies available during studio time. Time: Monday-Friday, July 15-19, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Ages: 16 to Adult Cost: $150 Gallery Hours: Tues 10A-4P; Wed & Thurs 10A-9P; Fri 10A-6P; Sat 10A-2P. Closed Sun & Mon. See listing.
Clay Workshop for Teens (When Pigs Fly!) Two Saturdays. The first week, make your flying pig out of sculpture clay utilizing the pinch pot method. The next week, glaze it in fun colors to adorn your yard. Pick up work at the gallery following firing. Time: June 8 and June 15, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Ages: 12-16 Cost: $75 per participant Watercolor Abstraction for Teens Learn the basics of painting with watercolor. Experiment with color, texture, line, shape, and composition. All supplies included. Time: Monday-Friday, July 8-12 , 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Ages: 12-16 Cost: $110. Gallery open Tuesday-Saturday. See listing.
Just because you live in NoDa doesn’t mean you support the arts scene. That’s because to really support the Carolina arts scene you’d have to venture outside of the Q.C. to spot the works of other artists who are doing things with canvas, ceramics or whatever other mediums they fancy. That’s where the folks behind Carolina’s Got Art comes in. Created in 2009 by Elder Gallery owner Larry Elder, CGA rounds up artists, both professional and non, from North and South Carolina for a competition and exhibition that brings their works into the public eye — and to Charlotte, where they showcase at Elder Gallery. This year, more than 1,000 artists submitted 2,800 different pieces of work, which is more than the gallery has room for. Not to worry, the entries are all being shown in three different exhibitions of work. The juried portion of the exhibition opens on May 3 with an awards presentation. This specific exhibit concludes on June 1 and will be followed by two more, June 7-29 and July 5-27. For more information, visit www.carolinasgotart.com. Free admission. Opening and award presentation on May 3, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Juried exhibit continues through June 1. Free admission
One of the South’s finest abstract expressionist artists, New Orleans-native Ida Kohlmeyer’s works merit a trip to Jerald Melberg Gallery. The solo exhibition is comprised of paintings, limited edition prints and small sculptures. Kohlmeyer, who uses vibrant colors to dramatize her geometric shapes and shifting symbols, was influenced by abstract greats Hans Hofmann and Mark Rothko. In honor of Charlotte’s new Romare Bearden Park, there will also be a small exhibit of Romare Bearden’s St. Maarten watercolors. Free admission
Create your own characters and stories as you write your own comic strip. Campers will learn techniques using colored pencils, markers, and pens to develop their unique style. All supplies included. Certificate presented last day of camp. Time: Monday-Friday, August 12-16 Ages 7-9: 11 a.m.-12 p.m., $90 Ages 10-12: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., $110 To register, call or visit the gallery, or send an email with questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Gallery Hours: Tues 10A-4P; Wed & Thurs 10A-9P; Fri 10A-6P; Sat 10A-2P. Closed Sun & Mon. See listing.
This exhibition will feature approximately 40 decorative tiles from The Mint Museum's permanent collection, including the permanently installed fireplace, Arkansas Traveller.
The exhibit features garments and accessories spanning three centuries of fashion history. $5-$10; free for children 4 years old and under; free on Tuesdays from 5-9 p.m.
The exhibit features traditional Maya clothing, including fashions of the Kaqchikel, Ixil, K'iche', Mam, Tz'utujil, Chuj, Awakatek, Jakaltek, and Poqomchi' from Guatemala, and Tzotzil and Tzeltal from Chiapas, Mexico. $5-$10; free for children 4 years old and under; free on Tuesdays from 5-9 p.m.