Art + Culture

Entrepreneur, musician Dae-Lee strives to make Charlotte’s music scene more inclusive


David “Dae-Lee” Arrington doesn’t fit into any one box: He’s a creative entrepreneur who owns two businesses, co-founded a nonprofit, and writes, produces and performs original music. Photo: RYAN BARNETT

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After helping run the Children’s Theatre for years, she leaves a legacy of kindness


Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s managing director, Linda Reynolds, admits she’s partial to musicals like CTC’s “Beauty and the Beast.” And she remembers the first time someone flew across the stage for “Peter Pan.”

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This Charlotte artist paints to let people know ‘they are seen and valued’


Charlotte artist Eva Crawford finds beauty in faces. She’s created two series: “Seen” and “See of Humanity” using images of family, friends and strangers.

A year ago, Crawford started painting portraits over collaged elements – pages from the Bible, an encyclopedia. 

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This emerging Charlotte artist faced her sadness and fears to pursue art full time


Every life has turning points. For Rosa Renteria Jimenez it was her grandfather’s death. 

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Mind the gaps


Ordinary Folks Are Helping Those Who Fall Through the Cracks of Charlotte's Mental Health System

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Addicted to acting


Lindsey Whitus is not your typical high school sophomore. At 15 years old, she is kicking ass and winning awards for it.

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Announcing CLT After Dark, a live show with COVID-19 dance parties — and Luke Kuechly


Would you tune into Luke Kuechly making popcorn at home on a 1970s style variety show? Charlotte Center City Partners is betting on it.

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View local art and meet the Charlotte artists from the comfort of your couch


Jim Dukes with the Charlotte Art League, gave credit to COVID-19 for the organization’s first virtual exhibit “Ab’strakt”...

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Water works


Artist Carmella Jarvi went through a rebellious period when she was a sophomore in high school. She dropped out of West Charlotte and ran away from home to live in a tent behind Mint Museum Randolph. After 40 days, her grandmother left her a note reading, “You better call me.”

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How veterans around Charlotte found hope, inner peace and community through art


As he was leaving the Charlotte veterans’ clinic one day in 2014, U.S. Army veteran Lewis Patterson noticed a flyer about an art class for veterans. The class changed his life.

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CPCC drama department leader takes final bow after 37 years and thousands of students


Central Piedmont Community College’s Tom Hollis hasn’t had a summer vacation in 37 years. He’s been directing and producing the college’s Summer Theatre program since...

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Breaking barriers


For local entrepreneur Nesha Pai, writing down the details of her journey to adulthood healed her childhood wounds, giving her the tools to visualize a path to building confidence and identity. Her first book, Overcoming Ordinary Obstacles, a guide for personal growth and success, was released at the end of 2019. 

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Update: Community responds with donations after Charlotte’s ArtPop threatens to close


In 2002, billboard industry insider Wendy Hickey came up with an idea. Rather than leave unused signs sitting boring and plain, she wanted to use them to display local art.

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This quarantine family band in Charlotte is ‘Livin’ La Vida COVID’ with music videos


Charlotte musician Tony Arreaza had long dreamed of forming a family band with his wife, Ailen, and their two sons, Lucas and Paulo. Quarantine during COVID-19 became his best opportunity to make it happen.

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This artist has much to say about gender roles. You can see it in her latest paintings


Irisol Gonzalez never really liked her financial services career. Shortly after spending five hours on an art-themed team building assignment in 2015, she quit and became an artist.

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Why is this Charlotte artist ‘Airing Out the Dirty Laundry’? To tell stories.


Women gather in Andrea Downs’ living room for “Laundry Day.” But it’s not what you think – no one is washing or folding clothes. Photo Heather Liebler

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Arko and Owl are two Charlotte artists who keep their identities secret for a reason


Artists Arko and Owl met at a wedding in 2009. Owl had been invited to play the violin and Arko was there with his family.

Photo: Brian Twitty

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Mental health and coronavirus: How to cope with the new norm in Charlotte


My three years of training as a resident advisor (R.A.) at UNC Charlotte prepared me for many things. Photo: Clare Miller

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Strictly sticks


With names like Fancy Free, Whiplash and Wingding, Patrick Dougherty’s works of art evoke thoughts of whimsy and escape. It’s not hard to imagine a hobbit or fairy slipping through a door or window of one of the sculptor’s larger-than-life pieces.

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Children’s Theatre resident teaching artist travels the city to make a difference


Years ago, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools teacher Marie Steele applied for a grant that would provide funding for...

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This Charlotte artist’s work is inspired by his storytelling roots in Colombia


One night in 2011, artist Nico Amortegui woke up and started painting in watercolor. He hadn’t painted in almost 20 years.

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You can learn about Catawba Indian pottery traditions at this Levine Museum event


Years ago a colleague sent professor Stephen Criswell a clip of Today Show’s Meredith Vieira interviewing President Barack Obama. Criswell, who...

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Heading to the opera? Legion has got a beer for that.


Opera Carolina’s 2019-2020 season opens this week with “Macbeth” and a specially brewed beer called, Opera Party! It’s the fourth opera season tied to a featured beer.

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KNOW: At reopening Mint, ‘I like to call myself a “type A” artist’

CTO

Is there a specific career moment that makes you proud? I recall creating my first site-based work, when I was about 20. I was very shy about sharing my work and almost didn’t go through with it but entered the piece in an all-student show.

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She’s used a special tool for decades to lift her students: It’s a farm.

CEO

The sound of the brass meditation singing bowl is the signal for 18 students and five staffers to gather for meditation at the morning’s writing circle at Airy Knoll Farm Art Class.

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What’s improv comedy doing in Charlotte? We test-drive five troupes: Take a look

Senior Architect

If you haven’t dug into Charlotte’s improv comedy scene yet, now’s a great time to do it.

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A new Mint exhibit uses light and technology to explore links between man and nature


Art and tech collide in the latest exhibit at the Mint Museum Uptown and it may change your mind about experimental art.

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A banker turned his passion for Latin American art into an NC ‘cultural institution’


LaCa Projects owner Walter Dolhare still has the Wassily Kandinsky and Joan Miró posters he purchased for $8 each in 1986.

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This Charlotte artist is about to head to the Arctic. ‘My life is going to be changed’


For almost a month now Charlotte artist Ruth Ava Lyons has been taking cold showers to prepare for her trip to the Arctic.

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Art House


Last year, Nick Stout challenged his parents with a question: “Do you want to live in a piece of art or in a regular house?” His query came during Gray Stout and Heather St. Aubin-Stout’s search for a new home.

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She helps artists by putting their work on billboards and signs around Charlotte


Wendy Hickey wants to eradicate the phrase “starving artist” from our vocabulary.

Photo by Matt Henesy

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This Charlotte artist saw a lack of black superheroes. So he did something about it.


Wolly McNair grew up in Lumberton, in a neighborhood where drawing cartoon stick figures could get him beat up or, at least, bullied.

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Full Circle


When Charlotte artist Orr Ambrose was just 15, she started making annual or biannual trips to tiny Monhegan Island off the coast of Maine. The picturesque island, totaling 1 square mile and accessible only by boat, has long been...

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Chris Clamp paints objects from his past hoping to tell you a story or spark a memory


Chris Clamp chooses everyday objects to paint. The details in his oil paintings of vintage toys or tools tell a story about...

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‘Everyone needs an outlet to express themselves.’ Their art studio is just the start.


David Galloway finds it hilarious that his son, Dion Galloway, and daughter, Davita Galloway, named their creative studio, dupp&swat, after the random nicknames he gave them as...

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To expand on his studio work, this artist picked up spray paint and stepped outside


Public artist Ivan Depeña expected a hyper-competitive environment at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation. But the community of artists surprised him: “It felt like...

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Find out the stories behind three treasured works in the latest exhibit at the Gantt


“A Woman’s Work” is a selection of 25 pieces by 11 artists from the John and Vivian Hewitt Collection of African American Art, donated to the Gantt Center in 1998 by Bank of America.

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Mint Museum Randolph: Behind the Exhibition


Tony DiTerlizzi drew monsters and dragons as a kid. He still does. DiTerlizzi, 49, is a New York Times-bestselling author and illustrator. He’s known for his...

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The Levine Museum historian shares one of Charlotte’s best kept historical secrets


When he shared material from his master’s thesis on the origins of Charlotte’s thriving civil rights movement, Willie...

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This sculptor from the Charlotte area makes works of whimsy that are gaining attention


For the first time in 13 years, Debbie Whitsett answered a gallery’s call for artwork. Her sculpture, “The Dinner Guest,”...

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10 Must-see local theater productions — and the scoop on the female Sherlock

CTO

PaperHouse Theatre’s performances at the Frock Shop on Central Avenue are an intimate affair. Actors are inches away; the audience, although not exactly part of the production, is an integral part...

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How do you define ‘American’? Watch these and that may change

CEO

Moises Serrano says the first thing people tell him, after watching the film about his journey, is always the same: “I didn’t know.” Serrano, raised in Yadkin County, tells his story in “Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America.”

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Festival Fun

Senior Architect

Cities & towns in the Carolinas celebrate history & honor traditions with varied and unique festivals. These local tributes are community-driven and mark the importance of the area’s industry, foods and people. Summer is the perfect time to take in a few of them! 

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