WHAT TO DO

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On Thurs­day night from 6-9, the McColl Cen­ter for Art + In­no­va­tion opens the doors so the pub­lic can get a glimpse into the stu­dios of the cen­ter’s new­est res­i­dent artists. An­toine Wil­liams and Tom Stan­ley are com­plet­ing 11 mon­t­hand 8 month-long res­i­den­cies, re­spec­tively, and will con­tinue on at the McColl through the end of April. New res­i­dent artists Esper­anza Cortes and Michael Har­ri­son hail from New York, while Carmella Jarvi is based in Char­lotte. Chris Watts has a long con­nec­tion to Char­lotte, but has most re­cently been liv­ing in Brook­lyn, N.Y. The event is free, although peo­ple are en­cour­aged to reg­is­ter for it on the McColl web­site.

WHO TO MEET

The artists will spend the next few months re­search­ing, mak­ing art, and in some cases, lead­ing com­mu­nity en­gage­ment projects. Although the McColl Cen­ter has plenty of cre­ativ­ity, It is not al­ways vis­i­ble to the pub­lic. This is in­ten­tional. To re­spect the cre­ative prac­tice (and the re­quire­ment for some artists to work alone, without pub­lic in­ter­fer­ence), artists do not have to leave their stu­dio doors open through­out the week. But, dur­ing the open house, all artists will be on site, with their doors open. You are en­cour­aged to ex­plore, talk with the artists, ask ques­tions and learn more about their art­work.

WHERE TO GO

Head a lit­tle fur­ther south to see the new ex­hi­bi­tion at Winthrop Univer­sity Gal­leries, Se­lec­tive Mem­ory, fea­tur­ing works by Kris­ten Stolle. Join the artist for a lec­ture and walk­through on Jan. 25 be­gin­ning at 5:30 p.m. Us­ing di­verse source ma­te­ri­als in­clud­ing 20th cen­tury medical books and USDA pro­mo­tional videos and pho­to­graphs, Stolle’s works ex­am­ine the in­flu­ence of agribusi­ness and biotech com­pa­nies on our food sup­ply. The walk­through is fol­lowed by a re­cep­tion.

If you can’t make it to the re­cep­tion, con­sider at­tend­ing Winthrop Univer­sity’s sec­ond In­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary Con­fer­ence, The World of Food: In­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary Per­spec­tives on What We Eat and Grow, to be held Feb. 21-23.

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; they col­lab­o­rate on the blog Hap­pen­ingsCLT (hap­pen­ingsCLT.com).

The McColl Cen­ter for Art + In­no­va­tion’s free open house to meet its res­i­dent artists will be on Thurs­day from 6 to 9 p.m.

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