Art

Local News
1:40 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

West Meck Students Get Lesson From Jazz Great

Wynton Marsalis instructs band members at West Meck Tuesday.
Greg Lacour

Jazz legend Wynton Marsalis was in town this week, but not just as a performer.
He was also a teacher.


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Charlotte Observer
11:32 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Willie Little Takes On Tea Party, Klan In Exhibition

“In the Hood,” an exhibit by former Charlottean Willie Little at New Gallery of Modern Art, is an indictment of extremists in the tea party movement who perpetuate the ideology of the Ku Kux Klan.
Credit T. Ortega Gaines / Charlotte Observer

In 2010, artist Willie Little began a satirical body of work about racism in the tea party movement. 

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Arts & Life
3:46 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Artist Finds Inspiration At Walmart

"big Jif", by Brendan O'Connell
Credit Courtesy of Brendan O'Connell

Imagine you’re walking through your neighborhood Walmart and somewhere between the pet supplies and check-out lines, you run across a 40-something guy with a painting easel that's propped up on a shopping cart. That was the scene in Charlotte this week at the Walmart on Wilkinson Boulevard. Contemporary artist Brendan O'Connell, wearing jeans and an un-tucked pinstripe shirt, was hanging out in the produce section. The paint was drying on his rendition of a cluster of bananas.   

O’Connell has been dubbed “Walmart’s Warhol,” he's been on the Colbert Report and he was featured in Time Magazine as “America’s Brand Painter.” WFAE's Mark Rumsey caught up with O’Connell and chatted with him about his Walmart live painting sessions and his vision for everyday art in America today.


Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Green Teacher Network & Brazilian Artist Henrique Oliveira

A work by Henrique Oliveira.
Henrique Oliveira

Today we go from a group of teachers working to green up the school system to a man who uses plants to make amazing works of art. The Green Teacher Network aims to expand school gardens across the CMS System. Supporters say the gardens reduce nature deficit disorder, childhood obesity and help children learn better, thereby closing the achievement gap. We'll meet several members of the network. Then we meet Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira. He takes strips of wood and makes massive, complex and mesmerizing works of art. Join us for a very green version of Charlotte Talks.

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A Trifling Place
11:37 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Mosaic Mural Of Dale Jr. For Auction On eBay

A four feet by six feet mural of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet made of more than 1,100 images submitted by fans, is on auction on eBay, with a starting bid of $500.
Credit eBay

This weekend, bidding began on an almost-life-sized mural of Dale Earnhardt Jr. A print of the digital mosaic mural is made up of more than 1,151 photos submitted by fans between May and December 2013. 

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Arts & Life
10:50 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Making Art 'Pop' On Highway Billboards

Monique Luck used pieces of paper, lace, glass beads and acrylic paint to create this piece called, 'I see my daughters'. Luck says she spent about 50 hours over the last few months working on this piece. It's inspired by a photo of one of her sisters. When her mother saw the photo she said, 'I see my daughters'.
Credit Monique Luck

Sometimes highway billboards are an eyesore. But the Arts and Science Council and a group called ArtPop are trying to change that by placing the work of 20 local artists on billboards. Fifteen have already been chosen. And this week, the public can vote on the last five artists. 


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Arts & Life
10:12 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

'Sacrificial Poets' Teach Students How To Spit Poetry

Starr Seward, the Sacrificial Poets’ Program Coordinator, writes down 'problems of the world' on the whiteboard.
Tasnim Shamma

Spoken word poetry is about dramatic storytelling. A Raleigh performance poetry group called Sacrificial Poets is performing at UNC Charlotte this weekend. They're in town for a three-day residency that involves teaching college students and visiting some local schools to teach them about the art of busting a rhyme.

Sacrificial Poets artist director Kane "Novakane" Smego, starts off the class with a piece about growing up in Durham with a single mother.  

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