What’s up this week in Charlotte
WHERE TO GO
For something different, head to the cool and shady fruit tree workshop now on view at the McColl Center’s exhibition space. Artist-in-residence Sam van Aken’s “The Open Orchard” is an open-studio concept in which visitors can participate in and see his work on preserving heirloom and antique fruit varieties. Also on view are the artist’s botanical illustrations, herbarium specimens of pressed branches and flowers, and other delights sure to satisfy the botanist and art lover within all of us. The gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; it’s on view through Aug. 25.
WHAT TO SEE
“Mint on the Dot” is a fairly new program in which docents choose any artwork on view to give a brief 10-minute talk about, at 1 and 1:30 p.m. every Saturday. On July 7, the talks at the Randolph Road location will be about the Queen Charlotte portrait (1 p.m.) and the Oscar de la Renta exhibi-
Each week, Grace Cote and Lia Newman offer Observer readers a to-do list on immersing yourself in visual arts around town. Newman is director/curator of the Van Every/Smith Galleries at Davidson College, Cote is senior coordinator at Jerald Melberg Gallery, and they collaborate on the blog HappeningsCLT (happeningsCLT.com).
Sam Van Aken’s “Untitled (Plum Bole),” 2014/2017.