There are a ton of great art events coming up. Here are top five (chronologically):
(1) Head to the Mint Museum Uptown beginning July 2 to see the new temporary exhibition, America the Beautiful, featuring nearly 200 works on paper from the Mint’s Collection.
Remember, every Wednesday evening from 5-9pm, both Mint Museum locations offer FREE general admission. Spring for the extra $12 ($9 for students/seniors; free for under 18) and check out Body Embellishment as well.
Added bonus this summer: Wine on Wednesdays = free + art + music + special guests + discounts in the Museum Shop + buy-one-get-one-free glasses of wine.
(2) On July 11, the McColl Center for Art + Innovation hosts an Open Studio Saturday from 12-4pm. This is your opportunity to meet artists and learn more about their work and the creative process firsthand. Current artists include Endia Beal, Ivan Toth Depeña, Matt Horick, Stephen L. Hayes, Jr., Caroline Rust, Erik Waterkotte, Charles Williams, and Taproot.
(3) On July 18, head to the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture. They will open three new exhibitions with an Open House featuring artist talks beginning at 10am. Charlotte Collects Elizabeth Catlett: A Centennial Celebration is a centennial commemoration of Elizabeth Catlett’s life and work. The exhibition includes both two- and three-dimensional works, as well as photographs of Catlett throughout her life. AfriCOBRA Now: An Aesthetic Reflection features art created by members of the AfriCOBRA collective, founded in 1968 in Chicago. The five founding members created an aesthetic philosophy to guide their collective work, defining their mission as “an approach to image making which would reflect and project the moods, attitudes, and sensibilities of African Americans independent of the technical and aesthetic strictures of Euro-centric modalities.” Lastly, Intergalactic Soul brings together science fiction and social awareness in a unique creative exploration driven by social, political, and cultural undertones.
(4) After seeing so much great art, maybe you are feeling creative yourself? Check out the open figure drawing sessions at Gallery Twenty-Two on Monday evenings from 7-9pm. This is the best deal in town, as a model is provided free of charge to participants. All you need to do is bring your own materials!
(5) We highly recommend the new exhibition at the Jerald Melberg Gallery, Motherwell: A Centenary Exhibition. We also love that the catalog is available free online.
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