Good Impressions: Portraits Across Three Centuries from Reynolda and Wake Forest

Reynolda House Museum of American Art 2250 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, NC, United States

Portraits are often taken at face value—as accurate representations of a person’s appearance, sometimes removed by decades or centuries. But portraits are often the products of delicate negotiations between artist and subject. Sometimes they flatter, exaggerating the sitter’s beauty or rich attire. Sometimes they capture the subject engaged in his or her occupation, whether pausing during study or painting in his or her studio. Sometimes they celebrate an auspicious occasion, such as a recent engagement or the imminent birth of a child. This exhibition features three centuries of portraits of men and women, Black and White, solitary and companionate, classic and modern.

$18

Intangible Words by Marge Loudon Moody

Bill and Patty Gorelick Galleries, Cato Campus 8120 Grier Road Cato III, Cato Campus, Charlotte, NC, United States

‘Intangible Words’ broadly investigates environments inspired by Moody’s travels and imaginations. Through the use of bright colors, abstract forms and continuous reworking of the composition, Moody creates the “essential” feeling of certain environments. Non-representational imagery utilizes the “essential” nature in order to illuminate the unseen or intangible spirit of the subject. “Subject matter may serve as metaphor for intangible ideas. The work examines boundaries, addresses the fragility of existence, of presence, of absence, and of memory,” says Moody.

FREE

Fragments by Tina Alberni

Bill and Patty Gorelick Galleries, Cato Campus 8120 Grier Road Cato III, Cato Campus, Charlotte, NC, United States

Alberni uses her new exhibition ‘Fragments’ to illustrate the narrative of fragmented lives and irreversible damage both visually and physically. In contrast to the hopeless narrative of destruction, Alberni seeks to use her artwork to create a positive, hopeful spirit for the future. Alberni assembles objects and layers in her work in a brightly colored, harmonious fashion, which invites the viewer in for a deeper contemplation of each composition.

Free

A Celebration of Art featured artists Mario Loprete, Sheridan Hathaway and Andres Palacios

Bill and Patty Gorelick Galleries, Cato Campus 8120 Grier Road Cato III, Cato Campus, Charlotte, NC, United States

Works from the College’s collection exhibit a variety of works from former Central Piedmont students with a special highlight on Loprete, a mixed media artist, and ceramic artists Hathaway and Palacios. “A Celebration of Art” is certain to deliver a diverse selection of 2D and 3D artwork for the 2024 year.

FREE

Land/mark featuring artist Kenny Nguyen

Central Piedmont’s Dove Gallery will host a new exhibition by esteemed Vietnamese artist, Kenny Nguyen. Born in Vietnam, and with a background in fashion design, Nguyen exhibits his work across the US and internationally.

 

As a Vietnamese immigrant now living and working as an artist in the United States, much of Nguyen’s work explores ideas related to cultural identity, displacement, reconciling with the past and the artistic fusion of Vietnamese and American cultures.

 

Nguyen uses silk, in tribute to his Vietnamese culture, deconstructs it into strips, and then dips it in paint. Thousands of these strips creates sculptural works of art that Nguyen calls “deconstructed paintings.” The action of deconstruction and reconstruction, and transformation of the fine silk into a sculptural painting echoes Nguyen’s journey forging his own identity while continuously incorporating all of the unique elements that make Nguyen who he is today.

Free

Art for the American Home: Grant Wood’s Lithographs

Reynolda House Museum of American Art 2250 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, NC, United States

In 1934, the Regionalist artist Grant Wood made an agreement with Associated American Artists (AAA) in New York to create a series of lithographs. Wood, the creator of Reynolda’s iconic 1936 painting “Spring Turning,” ultimately produced 19 lithographs, about a quarter of his mature work. His consummate drafting skills made him a natural for the medium. The AAA produced the lithographs in editions of 250 and sold them for $5 to $10 each. The opportunity to create affordable art during the Great Depression appealed to the artist. This small exhibition will focus on Wood’s narrative lithographs (“Sultry Night,” “Honorary Degree,” “Shrine Quartet,” “The Midnight Alarm”) and still lifes. The colored still life lithographs of fruits, vegetables and flowers represent the fecundity of Iowa’s farmland.

$18

The Work of Their Hands: American Quiltmaking

Cameron Art Museum 3201 S. 17th Street, Wilmington, NC, United States

The anchor work of The Work of Their Hands: American Quiltmaking is a tulip quilt made 170 years ago by an now unknown, enslaved woman in North Carolina. Through her masterful stitchwork and time-honored design, this unknown artist sewed a story of strength and perseverance.   Spinning forward from this quilt and its practice, The Work of Their Hands:  American Quiltmaking explores the continuing legacy of quilt-making and the evolution of textile art, starting with traditional quilts made for bed coverings to contemporary fabric artworks by artists including Brittney Boyd Bullock, Celeste Butler, Robin Cowley, Michael Cummings, Gee’s Bend quilters, Michael James, Precious Lovell, Katie Pasquini Masopust, Carolyn Mazloomi, Mary Pal, Hattie Schmidt, Beverly Smith, The Advocacy Project, and others.

$15

North Carolina Museum of Art: To Take Shape and Meaning: Form and Design in Contemporary American Indian Art

North Carolina Museum of Art 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC, United States

To Take Shape and Meaning: Form and Design in Contemporary American Indian Art features works by 75 Indigenous artists from over 50 tribes throughout the United States and Canada, including eight from North Carolina. The exhibition, composed exclusively of 3-D artworks, includes baskets made of blown glass, cars transformed into works of art, and cutting

$14 – $20

North Carolina Museum of Art: Community Threads: A Maker Space

North Carolina Museum of Art 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC, United States

Community Threads is presented in conjunction with Layered Legacies: Quilts from the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts at Old Salem. In this community quilt installation and maker space, visitors are invited to design and create quilt squares of their own design from Friday to Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Local artists Aliyah Bonnette, Patrizia Ferreira, and Michelle Wilkie, whose fabric works are on view, will sew the squares together to make one large community artwork. The room is stocked with 10-by-10-inch quilting squares and smaller colored shapes. Visitors can glue shapes to the quilting squares and leave them for our local artists to use. Bonnette, Ferreira, and Wilkie will sew, embroider, and attach all the squares to make one large community artwork. Visit multiple weekends to watch the community quilt progress. You may see your art incorporated and on the walls of the NCMA!  

SECCA: David Gilbert: Flutter

Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) 750 Marguerite Drive, Winston-Salem, NC, United States

SECCA (North Carolina Museum of Art, Winston-Salem) is proud to present Flutter, an exhibition of photography by Los Angeles-based artist David Gilbert, on view in SECCA's Main Gallery. Flutter marks the artist's first institutional solo exhibition, providing the unique opportunity to experience twelve years of Gilbert's work in one setting. David Gilbert (American, b. 1982) creates photographs that flirt with impermanence. The artist constructs playful sculptures, backdrops, and scenes from found materials, photographing them in distinctive views and dramatic natural light. The resulting pictures capture spontaneous moments, paired with lightheartedness and sensitivity. An opening reception with the artist and curator will be held Thursday, April 18 from 6–8pm.

Free

CAMERON ART MUSEUM: Thomas Sayre: Four Walls

Cameron Art Museum 3201 S. 17th Street, Wilmington, NC, United States

Thomas Sayre:  Four Walls features new and never exhibited works by artist Thomas Sayre. Each of the four large-scale pieces in the installation questions the belief systems and symbols that underpin the ideals of church, nation and creation. Made of materials that include tar, smoke, fabric gowns, gunshots, welding material, earth and fire, these works invite visitors to draw close and experience the messiness of making, and by analogy, to bear witness to the ways that life invades, entangles, and tarnishes us. Opening Night with American Artist Thomas Sayre Friday, April 26, 6-9 PM Thomas Sayre Artist Talk Saturday, April 27, 11 AM

$5 – $15