Arts

Arts & Culture
10:55 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Robert Motherwell: A Centenary Exhibition

One of the Lyric Suite pieces.
© copyright Dedalus Foundation, Inc./Licensed by VAGA, NY

Jerald Melberg Gallery in Charlotte is getting ready to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of famed American artist Robert Motherwell. He would have been 100 this year. 

WFAE’s Sarah Delia got a preview of the exhibit which is open to the public Saturday and has this report.


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Arts & Culture
8:02 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Unraveling: An Artist's Take On The Confederate Flag

Sonya Clark unraveling the Confederate flag.
Courtesy of Sonya Clark

No matter how you feel about the Confederate flag and the symbol it represents, one thing is for certain—it sparks emotion.  In the wake of the shooting deaths of nine people in a Charleston, South Carolina, church, Governor Nikki Haley has said she no longer wants it to divide South Carolina. She wants it removed from the state Capitol grounds. 

One southern artist has found a place for the flag not in a history museum, but in an art gallery. WFAE’s Sarah Delia spoke with Virginia based artist Sonya Clark who was an artist in residence at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in 2011.


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Arts & Culture
10:07 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Charlotte Film Festival's Comeback Attempt Includes Bigger Vision

The Charlotte Film Festival is back this year after a two-year hiatus. Festival organizers have formed a group they hope will serve as a hub for year-round film programs in Charlotte. But they’re battling their own uneven past and a changed movie-going climate.


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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Tue June 16, 2015

Charlottean And Tony-Award Winner Corey Mitchell

Corey Mitchell talking with Mike Collins on Charlotte Talks.

  A number of Charlotte Mecklenburg teachers have won teachers of the year but only one has received Broadway's Tony Award for Teaching Excellence. In fact, that one teacher is the first person to ever win the award. Corey Mitchell from Northwest School of the Arts received the honor a little over a week ago and we sit town to talk about the work that led to the award, his philosophy of teaching and the impact he’s had on his students.

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Arts & Culture
8:32 am
Mon June 8, 2015

Singing To A Different Audience

John dances with the audience.
Courtesy of The Ivey

A local singer is gaining popularity in Charlotte…but you’re not going to catch him performing at a crowded bar in Uptown on a Friday night. You could argue he doesn’t have the time—he’s booked for 30 to 40 performances a week. 


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Arts & Culture
3:35 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Latest Housing Built In Brightwalk Are 'Love Motels' For Insects

The St. Francis Satyr, an endangered butterfly in North Carolina, was the inspiration for this insect motel in Charlotte.
Credit Greg Lilly / Courtesy of The McColl Center

We hear a lot about the need for mixed-use neighborhoods in Charlotte. Well, we have a story about a new neighborhood that includes motels.They’re called Love Motels. And they’re full of bugs. It’s an example of public art intended to encourage urban ecology. 

Electrician Greg Lilly is usually working on houses when he visits a new neighborhood. Not butterflies. 

That’s right. Butterflies. Specifically, two car-sized white butterfly sculptures on your way into the new Brightwalk neighborhood, just north of Uptown.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Mon May 11, 2015

Public Art In Charlotte

The Firebird mosaic statue by French sculptor Niki De Sainte Phalle (1930-2002), sits on South Tryon Street in uptown. The piece was installed at the entrance to the The Bechtler Museum November of 2009.
Tanner Latham

Charlotte hasn’t always had an easy relationship with public art but here and in cities around the country public art is being added to make places more vibrant. These works can tell the stories of cities and neighborhoods and people while giving more local artists opportunities to participate and have their work showcased. We learn more about what’s happening here with regard to public art from some of the people making it happen.

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Arts & Culture
5:19 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Pink Martini Brings 'Old Fashioned Pop' To The Charlotte Symphony

Pink Martini lead singer China Forbes, center left, artistic director Thomas Lauderdale, center right, along with other band members.
Credit pinkmartini.com

The band Pink Martini defies labels. The Portland-based group has an eclectic repertoire including standards from the Great American Songbook, original material with that classic feel, and songs from throughout the world, sung in their original languages.

The 12-member ensemble plays with the Charlotte Symphony Friday and Saturday nights in Belk Theater. WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen talked with Pink Martini’s lead singer, China Forbes.

Arts & Culture
3:40 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Want A Six-Ton Historic Painting? Here's Your Chance

If you’ve been to Gettysburg, you may have seen the Cyclorama – a massive painting that colorfully and dramatically depicts battlefield scenes including the decisive event known as Pickett’s Charge. The work on display at Gettysburg is one of four similar pieces produced in the late 1800s under the direction of French painter Paul Philippoteaux. Two of those versions have been lost – but a surviving cyclorama is in North Carolina. And, it’s for sale – all 6 tons of it.   

The sprawling painting, when assembled, is 386 feet long by 22 feet high. The cyclorama’s three current owners showed the piece to potential buyers this week. The painting was rolled out on a floor at a warehouse in Wake County. One of the owners, Billy Ray Powell, spoke this week with WFAE's Mark Rumsey.


Arts & Culture
6:46 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Surviving And Thriving As An Artist

Portraits of Kayne West and Pharrell Williams
Sarah Delia

Doing what you love and getting paid to do it—for many creative types finding that right balance can feel like an impossible challenge. For one Charlotte transplant being an artist isn’t just a hobby it’s how he makes a living. So what does it take to be a full time artist and survive? 


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