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
The new and improved Hidell Brooks Gallery just closed its 15 Year Anniversary Group show and is keeping the space occupied with three solo exhibits for the summer. Still-life paintings by artist Benjamin Shamback reflect natural items like flowers and shells, while Tony Hernandez creates carefree encaustic paintings out of oil pigments on birch panel with layers of beeswax and damar resin melted together. Also included are surreal landscape paintings by artist Ron Porter, who adds in unlikely elements, like big rig trucks. Free admission
Museum offers a glimpse into the significant role that trolleys played in the social and economic development of Charlotte.
A film by a Charlotte area brother/sister duo, Sam and Kate Fulbright to take a closer look at what climate change really means in the United States, and dive beyond the daunting numbers and graphs to meet the people and communities effected by the problem of climate change. FREE