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Art for the American Home: Grant Wood’s Lithographs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Beautiful Project: Arts & Activism Apprentices: (RE)CLAMATION

Durham Arts Council 120 Morris Street, Durham

(RE)CLAMATION explores photography as a catalyst for radical healing, inviting viewers to explore the reclamation of self through art as a way to confront harmful experiences, affirm your worth, and reclaim your power! This exhibition is supported by The Durham Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and is part of The Durham Arts Council Exhibit Program. The Beautiful Project’s (TBP) Arts & Activism Apprentices are a group of trained Black girls and nonbinary youth activists who use photography, visual arts, writing and care to explore cultural activism within their artistry.  As TBP commemorates 20 years of empowering Black girls, gender-expansive youth, and women to assertively claim their own narratives through storytelling, we celebrate the healing power of art.

Central Piedmont Community College: Forever Transient

Central Piedmont Community College 1201 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte

‘Forever Transient’ visually investigates the meaning behind transience, impermanence, continuous change and the desire to preserve and prolong the temporary moment. Inspired by Dutch still life paintings and vanitas, each artist exemplifies a different creative approach and skill set to artistically render the fragility of time. Time does not sand still. It marches forward and looks back retrospectively at the past. Therefore, the experience of time is never linear, but cyclical. ‘Forever Transient’ exhibits 8 nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. Through varying processes, each artist composes their work to include vibrant references, and in some cases direct interactions, with nature and humanity. Andrew Leventis’ hyper realistic refrigerator still life paintings, echo the elements of Dutch still life techniques, but with a contemporary and refreshing update of a classic art form. Brent Dedas’ “honeybee drawings” incorporate the assistance of live honeybees landing and crawling on his drawings, which Dedas then turns into cyanotype prints. Colby Caldwell, brings his flatbed scanner along on his nature walks, instead of a camera, and scans natural flora found on the forest floor. James Henkel arranges fragments of glass from destroyed vessels to create organic shapes, therefore showing transience through destruction, change and reformation. Susan Jedrzejewski also explores […]

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center: Robert Chapman Turner: Artist, Teacher, Explorer

Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center (BMCM+AC) 120 College St., Asheville

Robert Turner (1913-2005) arrived at Black Mountain College in 1949 to establish the first studio pottery program at the College. He worked with student architect Paul Williams to design the Potshop and stayed until 1951 as a teacher and potter.  The exhibition will include work by some of Turner’s students and colleagues at BMC, Alfred University, and Penland as well as work by contemporary ceramic artists whose work fits within the context of the show. Artists include: Meredith Brickell, Cynthia Bringle, Marjorie Dial, Cynthia Homire, Bill C. Jones, Bobby Kaddis, Karen Karnes, Eric Knoche, Jeannine Marchand, Neil Noland, Daniel Rhodes, M.C. Richards, Gay Smith, Tom Spleth, Adele Suska, Lydia C. Thompson, Xavier Toubes, Jerilyn Virden, Peter Voulkos, David Weinrib, Megan Wolfe, and Kensuke Yamáda.

Blue Ridge Music Center: Half-Tone Folk Heroes

Blue Ridge Music Center Music Center Rd, Galax

Half-Tone Folk Heroes: Traditional Musicians as Pop Art featuring illustrations by Gina Dilg will open with a reception from 3 to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 1, at the Blue Ridge Music Center. The works will be on display through October. Dilg is a Radford, Va., based visual artist and musician who brings a unique perspective to traditional American music. She created this exhibit to pay tribute to the old-time, bluegrass, early country, and folk musicians who have inspired generations. Each illustration in the series is characterized by bold black strokes and a bright color palette achieved by layering halftone dots and lines in only cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. Each work is displayed with a brief biography of the featured musician and tells about their contributions to traditional music. From bluegrass legends like the Stanley Brothers and Bill Monroe to lesser-known musicians like Joe and Odell Thompson, Samantha Bumgarner, and Etta Baker, Dilg’s art pays homage to the greats and shines a light on widely celebrated and unsung musical heroes. When Dilg is not creating art, she can be found performing as a duo with her husband Jason Dilg as the Lovely Mountaineers or with the string band The Mustard Cutters. The duo will perform prior to the reception from […]

Ongoing

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

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

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

‘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

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

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