As spring bursts forth, full of flowers, Charlotte’s galleries follow suit, greeting the season with an abundance of frolic-worthy exhibits. (Just be sure to frolic with care.)
Visitors to SOCO Gallery will be wowed by Jen Ray’s “Virago” exhibit. The multimedia and works on paper exhibition, on display now through March 22, follows a theme Ray continuously portrays in her pieces: powerful women. Ray states, “It is as if women have landed in a blank world that they can create on their own terms.” After "Virago," Holly Coulis' "At Rest" comes to SOCO from March 27 through May 10.
Mary Rountree Moore + Virginia Scotchie
Whether you prefer to soak up vibrant nature paintings or well-known ceramic works, the “Mary Rountree Moore + Virginia Scotchie” exhibition at Hidell Brooks Gallery has something for you. In her “#marshpaintings,” Moore explains, “the images are derived from nature’s innate abstractions, allowing the mind’s eye to gather its own interpretations.” Scotchie’s forms have won her awards around the world. Her “Resonate Objects” showcase why. Visit Hidell Brooks through March 30 to enjoy pops of color from these two artists.
With spring comes rabbits. Lark & Key acknowledges this, bringing “Rabbit Rabbit” to its new location in a “celebration of new beginnings.” This exhibit, which runs through March 31, was created with rabbit symbolism, superstition and mythology in mind. Art-lovers will delight in the mixed media works by Katrina Berg, Kim Ferreira, Diane Hoeptner, Duy Huynh, Kristin Keiffer, Carl Linstrum, Justin Rothshank, Vicki Sawyer, Luba Sharapan, Paula Smith and Mary Alayne Thomas.
Olly Olly Oxen Free
Hop on over to the Anne Neilson Fine Art to see “Olly Olly Oxen Free.” This whimsical exhibit presents works Pam McDonnell and Stephanie King painted together, playing off of the concept of an over/under game. Stop by the gallery through April 20 to see their collaborative works, as well as individual pieces.
Beyond the Mountain
Step inside the Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art to experience “Beyond the Mountain,” an exhibit focused on the outdoors—perfect for spring. Created by Martha Armstrong and Jessica Singerman, this exhibition includes stunning nature paintings; the "Sky Project,” a projected loop of sky photos from around the globe; and, of course, a paper “mountain,” towering overhead, made of over a thousand hand-folded, suspended paper cranes. This can’t-miss exhibition will run through April 26.
In Hodges Taylor's March–May exhibition, “<Reply>,” Charlotte-based artists Amy Herman and Micah Cash are paired for the first time. This 48-image show is a photographic conversation they created over the course of 24 weeks—receiving each other’s images, thinking deeply on them and creating a reply. This intriguing show will run through May 10.
The Manifested Landscape
A Message of Uncertainty
This season, Latin American Contemporary Art (LaCa) Projects is featuring thought-provoking creations by José Luis Landet. His exhibition runs through May 11. In his first solo show at LaCa, the award-winning artist presents his manifested landscapes, made of deconstructed newsprint, letters, photographs and more.