Check out these new exhibits, opening this week in Charlotte and the surrounding area.
Construct(s) at UNC Charlotte's Storrs Gallery: The two-person exhibit features architectural-inspired works by Isaac Payne and Matthew Steele. Payne (his work is pictured on the right side of the flyer) frequently combines cutouts of his drawings and paintings to formulate a whole and interconnected modern landscape. Steele (his work pictured on the left hand side of the flyer) creates actual structures, intricately placed using wood and other materials. Free admission to exhibit. UNC Charlotte (held in Storrs Gallery), 9201 University City Blvd. Jan. 8-Feb. 26. Reception on Jan. 15, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. http://coaa.uncc.edu.
Red Earth at Cornelius Arts Center: Local artist Amy Sanders has developed a new series of pottery and ceramic works for this show at Cornelius Arts Center. Sanders' works use a variety of designs, colors, and earthy tones, sometimes stylistically resembling the nature of a patchwork quilt. The exhibit opens with a reception on Jan. 10, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. During the reception Sanders will speak about her artwork and there will be a beer and wine tasting. Sanders will conduct a special demonstration ($25-$30 to attend) on Jan. 11, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission to exhibit. Cornelius Arts Center, 19725 Oak St., Cornelius. 704-896-8823. www.cornelius.org.