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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).

Cour­tesy of Roland Feld­man Fine Art

Sam Van Aken’s “Un­ti­tled (Plum Bole),” 2014/2017.

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