Art openings this week



Check out these new exhibits, opening this week in Charlotte and the surrounding area.

Robert Polidoris 5417 Marigny Street
  • Robert Polidori's "5417 Marigny Street"

State of Emergency at Davidson College: The exhibit, featuring works by 18 artists, is highlighted with art by Ai Weiwei. Weiwei's "Namelist and Remembrance," commemorates children who died in an earthquake that struck China's Sichuan province in 2008. All the works will focus on the theme of destruction caused by natural disasters. Curated by Lia Newman. Opening reception on Jan. 23, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Exhibit opens on Jan. 16 and continues through Feb. 28. Free admission. Davidson College (Van Every/Smith Galleries), 102 N. Main St., Davidson.

Betsy Birkners I Should be a Good Catholic
  • Betsy Birkner's "I Should be a Good Catholic"

Artifice at Central Piedmont Community College: "Would've, could've, should've" springs to mind in regard to artist Betsy Birkner's decorative armored sculptures. Birkner constructs and then adorns the contemplative clay pieces, which explore concepts of identity through the lens of Birkner's Southern upbringing. Shining light on common societal expectations and stereotypes with pieces such as "I Should Be Skinny," "I Should Be Nice" and "I Should Be Sexy," she examines culturally sanctioned recipes for a woman's success. "I Should be a Good Catholic" is comprised of a ceramic armor adorned with lotus seeds, Austrian crystals, linen and lace. We see power through the gold-leafed chest plate and frivolousness via the overwhelmingly frilly pink lace bib. Pam Winegard's drawings, which also explore identity, are included in the exhibit. Free admission. Exhibit continues through March 6. Reception on Jan. 16, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. CPCC (Pease Gallery), 1201 Elizabeth Ave.

New Works by Greg Scott and Peter Rubino at Redsky Gallery: Greg Scott's vessels mix rich painted surfaces with raw clays, while Peter Rubino's sculptural forms explore harmony, rhythm, balance and texture in a three-dimensional form. This will be RedSky Gallery's final exhibit before closing on Feb. 8. Opens on Jan. 17 and continues through Feb. 8. Reception on Jan. 17, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. RedSky Gallery, 1523 Elizabeth Ave., Suite 120. 704-377-6400.

An Abridged Equinox and Dis(play)ced at UNC Charlotte: An Abridged Equinox features work, using print and mixed media, by Erik Waterkotte. Waterkotte is an assistant professor of print media at UNC Charlotte. There works will explore myths and magic found in popular culture.

Work by Erik Waterkotte
  • Work by Erik Waterkotte

Dis(play)ced features artist Mary Tuma's work, which addresses issues related to transformations of the body and spirit through the use of clothing. These are applied to found objects or placed within a contextual environment to evoke feelings of loss and memories. Tuma is associate professor of fibers at UNC Charlotte. Opening receptions on Jan. 15, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Both exhibits continue through Jan. 31. UNC Charlotte (held in Rowe Galleries), 9201 University City Blvd.

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