Articles by Katherine Balcerek

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    Open Studio Saturdays provide a window into contemporary art

    June 25, 2012 by Katherine Balcerek

    Open Studio Saturdays provide a window into contemporary art
    Many people find contemporary art difficult, especially if it is abstract. We baffle at the colors and shapes wondering what the artist meant. What was their inspiration? What am I suppose to get out of this? Some of us may turn to a title for guidance, but many artists leave...
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    “Eat & Drink Your Art Out” at Packard Place on Saturday

    June 28, 2012 by Katherine Balcerek

    “Eat & Drink Your Art Out” at Packard Place on Saturday
    Entrance to Packard Place. Photo by Chris Austin Photography There is an audible buzz coming from 222 South Church Street as the Gallery at Packard Place prepares for its first community celebration. This Saturday, June 30 at 5:30 p.m., the Gallery will showcase local art, local...
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    Museums gear up for Democratic National Convention in September

    July 2, 2012 by Katherine Balcerek

    Museums gear up for Democratic National Convention in September
    Three new shows opened this weekend at the Levine Center for the Arts with topics and content geared to the thousands of visitors that will pour into Charlotte for September’s Democratic National Convention. At the Mint Museum Uptown, “Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial” and “Read My Pins: The...
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    "My Carolina Home" at the Charlotte Art League

    August 6, 2012 by Katherine Balcerek

    "My Carolina Home" at the Charlotte Art League
    "My Carolina Home Poster," Charlotte Art League. Capturing Carolina is a challenge. Tourists try with their point-and-shoot cameras. Locals memorialize her in song. And visual artists interpret her landscapes and people through a variety of mediums. Carolina represents a vast number of things to a vast...
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    The final Summer Pops Concert at Symphony Park

    July 5, 2012 by Katherine Balcerek

    The final Summer Pops Concert at Symphony Park
    July 3, 2012 performance of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Park. With fire works blazing sparkling color and cannons booming, the final Summer Pops concert by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra (a Knight Arts grantee) ignited patriotic spirit on the eve of July 4th. The National...
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    "Songs of the Fisherman" at UNC Charlotte: performance or installation?

    July 12, 2012 by Katherine Balcerek

    "Songs of the Fisherman" at UNC Charlotte: performance or installation?
    "The moon is very close tonight. Threads once held it to the Sky, but they have come undone. The moon is falling, but if I raise my hand, I can catch it on my finger, Before the branches snatch it away. Quick tell me, what is it made of. I...
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    Fairytales and dance: a great summer camp combo

    July 16, 2012 by Katherine Balcerek

    Fairytales and dance: a great summer camp combo
    Photo by Jeff Cravotta, courtesy of NC Dance Theatre The last North Carolina Dance Theatre Summer Camp for children ages 5-6 is fast approaching. At the Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance, fairytales have been coming to life all summer long through dance, music,...
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    NCDT preforms "Othello" and "Forgotten Land"

    April 24, 2014 by Katherine Balcerek

    NCDT preforms "Othello" and "Forgotten Land"
    NCDT's 2009 production of "Othello." Photography by Peter Zay Tonight the North Carolina Dance Theatre revives a dramatic ballet from its repertoire: Dwight Rhoden’s adaptation of “Othello.” Full of deception, desire and tragedy, "Othello" has not been performed by NCDT since 2009. Done in a musical...
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    Hard truths: debating the art categories primitive, folk and outsider

    July 19, 2012 by Katherine Balcerek

    Hard truths: debating the art categories primitive, folk and outsider
    In the art world classification is paramount. Art historians, critics and curators spend much of their time seeking to contextualize art — to define art and subsequently artists by shared characteristics. Hence we have the categorization of art by time period, geographical region and personal style; and we use terms...
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    Squared: examining the symbolic square

    July 23, 2012 by Katherine Balcerek

    Squared: examining the symbolic square
    This week the McColl Center for Visual Art's (a Knight Arts grantee) exhibition “Squared” is drawing to a close. Featuring the work of Injoo Whang and Caitlin Masley, “Squared” examines the symbolic nature of the square. A gallery reception on Friday July 27th from 6-9 p.m. will mark the end...
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    “And the Bead Goes On”: fashion as art

    July 26, 2012 by Katherine Balcerek

    “And the Bead Goes On”: fashion as art
    “Evening Gown,” Charles Armour circa 1940. Is fashion art? The answer may depend entirely on how one defines art. A modern perspective on art might emphasize its purpose of expression or its ability to communicate something about the world. However, this view has not always been...
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    Celebrate Independence Day in the Queen City

    June 30, 2014 by Katherine Balcerek

    Celebrate Independence Day in the Queen City
    "Faces of Freedom Summer" at the Levine Museum. Are you having a stay-vacation in the Queen City this Independence Day weekend? Have no fear, as there are plenty of July 4th-themed arts events to take part in, from the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Summer Pops concert to...
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    September Gallery Crawl in Southend

    September 4, 2014 by Katherine Balcerek

    September Gallery Crawl in Southend
    Tree Party. A new month means one thing in Charlotte’s Southend: new exhibitions on view for the First Friday Gallery Crawl. Art galleries along Camden Road, Park Avenue and South Boulevard are open late tomorrow, September 5th, for a new round of art shows and other...
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    Meet the Queen City's "Silent Heroes"

    July 30, 2012 by Katherine Balcerek

    Meet the Queen City's "Silent Heroes"
    If you are dragged down by the divisive headlines, stories of violence and all the political clap trap running 24 hours a day, take a moment to visit the newest exhibit, "Silent Heroes," at the Levine Museum of the New South (a Knight Arts grantee). This exhibit, running through December...
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    Public artwork to help revitalize North Tryon Street Corridor

    August 2, 2012 by Katherine Balcerek

    Public artwork to help revitalize North Tryon Street Corridor
    Arts & Science Council logo. In July, the Arts & Science Council (ASC) with the City of Charlotte received an Our Town grant totaling $100,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). This grant will help fund public artwork that is part of the revitalization...