In a world increasingly bereft of beauty we look to the artists of our time as the proverbial "canaries in the coal mine". It is the nature of great art to allow it's audience to see through the makeup of humanity and behold both it's ugliness, as well as the daylight of it's beauty through the soot and smog of the everyday grey. In Search of Sustenance is the expression of how two artists approach this concept. Through their individual techniques, philosophies, and visions, Osiris Rain and Joe Helms answer the question, "What makes us sustain?" Free
The exhibit showcases glass sculptures by Jackie Braitman and paintings by Lois Simon. Free
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.
In recent years, objects used for eating and drinking have taken interesting new turns — rubber ducky tea infusers are plenty proof of that! Mint Museum Uptown's newest exhibit F.O.O.D (Food, Objects, Objectives, Design) takes this concept a step further by showcasing innovative objects that are used to prepare, cook or present food. Antoni Miralda, an artist from Spain, curates the exhibit with products showcased from Alessi and black+blum. The exhibit is comprised of appliances and devices spread out among four categories: table, kitchen, pantry and garden. While you're there, be sure to check out two other new exhibits, Sociales: Debora Arango Arrives Today and Return to the Sea: Saltworks by Motoi Yamamoto. $5-$10
Redsky Gallery's 10 year anniversary exhibit will feature more than 25 regional artists, including tapestry artist Victoria Sowers. Free admission
Ever wanted to make something out of clay? Clayworks hosts a clay day for adults to come and discover the Muddy Fun of working with clay on Saturday, July 13 10am – 12pm & 1pm – 3pm Pre-registration is required and there is a $10 fee to cover materials. To register please contact Adrienne Dellinger at 704-344-0795 or email ADellinger@Clayworksinc.org $10.00
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. Two exhibits, June 7-29 and July 5-27. For more information, visit www.carolinasgotart.com. 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
New paintings by Osiris Rain and Joe Clayton Helms examine humanity's ugliness, as well as its beauty that pierces the everyday grey. Overall, the works answer the question, "What makes us sustain?" Opening reception held June 6 from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
It's not an exaggeration to say that love is in the air at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. The museum's latest exhibit showcases more than 50 pieces by some of modern art's most renowned figures including Joan Miró and Alexander Calder. Artistic Relationships digs deep to expose the ways these artists were connected to one another through shared passions and more personal circumstances. Many of them shared friendships, love affairs (ooh la-la!) and teacher/student relationships. Think of this as the closest you're ever going to get to a Midnight in Paris-type experience. $4-$8
As part of an education outreach grant program with the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and the Arts and Science Council, students worked with resident artist Ginny Boyd to create the portraits shown after viewing the exhibit Giacometti: Memory and Presence. Held in Ross Gallery. Opening reception June 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Free Admission
Get in touch with your CREATIVE SIDE! No previous art experience required! Come have fun! Bring Your Friends/Girls? Make it a Date night with your significant other! Each class will be unique and throughout the summer we will explore a variety of medium! All Art Supplies (Brushes, Canvas/Paper, Paint) will be provided! Guests will also enjoy complimentary Wine-Tasting! Visit http://artistcathaydawkins.blogspot.com/ to pay for class in advance! Advance Rates: Single $15 Couple $25 Groups (10+) interested in Private Parties please send an email to ArtistCathayDawkins@yahoo.com. Single $15 Couple $25 (in advance)
Ever wanted to make something out of clay? Clayworks hosts a clay day for adults to come and discover the Muddy Fun of working with clay on Saturday, August 3 10am – 12pm & 1pm – 3pm Pre-registration is required and there is a $10 fee to cover materials. To register please contact Adrienne Dellinger at 704-344-0795 or email ADellinger@Clayworksinc.org $10.00
Work on your own craft while enjoying a craft beer from NoDa Brewing Company. Bring your latest lap or table project and get your craft on with Charlotte's group of professional crafters, Crown Town Handmade. Spreading a love of all things craft to the Crown Town! Always the first Wednesday of every month. free