Friday, April 6, 2012

Crawl over to these art openings

Posted By on Fri, Apr 6, 2012 at 11:44 AM

As the headline suggests, here are a few picks of exhibit openings and receptions to check out today in Charlotte - as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

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* For local artists Marcus Kiser (of God City Artist Collective) and Derek Helsel, playing video games isn't just about getting to the next level. They're using the sometimes addictive devices as a muse. Together, they've teamed up for Data East, an art exhibit inspired by classic video gaming of the 8-bit and 16-bit eras (for those of you unfamiliar with console chatter, that's third and fourth gamer generations of the 1980s). Reviving classic games like Megaman, Mortal Kombat and Metroid into forms of art, the showcase looks pretty far out - and there's space pirates to prove it. Opening reception on April 6, 7 p.m. Exhibit continues through April 30. Black Sheep Skate Shop, 1504 Camden Road, Suite 200, Charlotte. 704-333-1423. www.blacksheepnc.com.

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* Charlotte Art League's Spring Into Art is a regional juried art competition and exhibition. Opening reception on April 6, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Exhibit continues through April 27. Charlotte Art League, 1517 Camden Road, Charlotte. 704-376-2787. www.charlotteartleague.org.

Wandering Mind, by Duy Huynh
  • "Wandering Mind," by Duy Huynh

* Lark & Key Gallery's Memories and Metaphor exhibit is filled with visual symbolism, imagery and feminine inspiration. Works by painters Honora Jacob (read more about her here) and Duy Huynh and potter Jennifer Mecca line the walls for you to ponder and maybe even purchase - that is, if you never want to forget them. Opening reception on April 6, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Exhibit continues through May 26. 128 E. Park Ave., Suite B, Charlotte. 704-334-4616. www.larkandkey.com.

Emergence (After Klimt), by Laurel True
  • "Emergence (After Klimt)," by Laurel True

* Ciel Gallery's Back to the Garden is a juried exhibit of intricate mosaics of leaves, trees, blossoms, bees, Adam & Eve interpretations, and a touch of Woodstock. Opening reception on April 6, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Exhibit continues through May 26. Ciel Gallery + Mosaic Studio, 128 E. Park Ave., Suite C, Charlotte. 980-202-2435. www.cielcharlotte.com.

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* Hidell Brooks Gallery unveils two new exhibits. Composition of Elements features new works by Chris Metz and Illuminations features new works by Christopher Terry. Opening reception on April 6, from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Exhibits continues through April 28. Hidell Brooks Gallery, 1910 South Blvd., Suite 130, Charlotte. 704-334-7302. www.hidellbrooks.com.

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* Pura Vida showcases new portraits and landscapes by artist Tony Griffin. Opening reception on April 6, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. 3202 N. Davidson St., Suite A. 704-335-8587. www.puravidaart.com.

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