September happenings


September 1, 2021

Check out our calendar of things to do this month. For more ideas, including shows and special performances, browse our fall arts preview.

Events + activities

Latin American Festival presented by Latin American Coalition

The oldest Latin American cultural event in N.C. returns for its 31st year. Enjoy live performances, visual artists and a diverse and authentic selection of Latin American food and handmade crafts. The details: Tomorrow and Sunday, Sept. 18-19, Symphony Park,

Hot Glass Alley Annual Pumpkin Patch

Stop by HGA to see their hand-blown glass pumpkins on display for purchase as well as demonstrations on how they make the pumpkins. The details: Tomorrow and Sunday, Sept. 18-19, free,

John Leslie Breck: American Impressionist Opening Weekend Celebration

The Mint launches their newest exhibit with live music, a cash bar, and free admission. Jonathan Stuhlman, PhD, senior curator of American art at The Mint Museum discusses the life and works of John Leslie Breck. The details: Tomorrow and Sunday, Sept. 18-19, various times,

An Evening With Gabrielle Union

Actress and tv personality, Gabrielle Union discusses her newest book, You Got Anything Stronger? that will leave you feeling empowered and inspired. Tickets include a copy of Union’s book. The details: Saturday, Sept. 19, McGlohon Theater, 7 p.m., tickets start at $45,

Potters Market at the Mint
Sept. 25, 10 a.m-4 p.m. 

More than 60 North Carolina potters selected through a jury process will sell their wares at this daylong event on the lawn of Mint Museum Randolph. Look for pottery demonstrations, live music, a beer garden and food vendors. Proceeds support educational programs of the Delhom Service League, the ceramics affiliate of The Mint Museum. Tickets are $15; kids 12 and under are free; 2730 Randolph Rd.

Girl Tribe Pop-Up at Charlotte Convention Center

Sept. 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Peruse unique wares from boutiques and beauty brands at this curated collection of women-led businesses. Tickets start at $5.

Museums + galleries

Visual Vanguard at Harvey B. Gantt Center
Through Jan. 17

Guest curators David Wilson and Stephen Hayes Jr. assembled works by 26 artists that “surveys the struggles, strengths and celebrations of Black creativity in the Carolinas.” 551 S. Tryon St.  

Identity at Sozo Gallery
Sept. 1-Oct. 2

A duo exhibition featuring Kenny Nguyen’s paint and silk works and Dimeji Onafuwa’s figurative paintings. 904 Pecan Ave., Suite 101.

Opening Weekend Celebration at Carolina Fine Art
Sept. 4-5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

This new artist-operated Dilworth gallery aims “to capture and promote the spirit and energy of the local art community and its extraordinary talent.” Browse original paintings, pottery and other unique creations. 2400 Park Road, Suite G.

New work by Beverly Fishman at SOCO Gallery
Sept. 1-Nov. 3

Detroit-based Fishman’s bold, abstract paintings are a commentary on issues like substance abuse and the pharmaceutical industry. Also on view are collages — color studies for the larger forms in the paintings. Opening reception Sept. 1 from 6-8 p.m. 421 Providence Rd.

MICROCOSM at Anne Neilson Fine Art
Sept. 4-Oct. 16

This dual exhibition features artists Meredith Connelly and Stuart Coleman Budd. The composition of both artists inspires soulful connections to the natural world and reflection upon the building blocks of which it is comprised. 532 Governor Morrison St.; Suite 110.

Manuel Reyna at Jerald Melberg Gallery
Sept. 11-Oct. 23

Trained as a brick mason and self-taught as an artist, Reyna’s paintings possess a sense of selflessness as he silently and openly shares his world with the viewer. 625 S. Sharon Amity Rd.

Kristin Blakeney & Laura Park at Shain Gallery
Sept. 24-Oct.6

This show marries moving works by travel-inspired Blakeney and abstract visions by Park, a teacher-turned-designer who now embraces her painting talents full time. 2823 Selwyn Ave., Suite K.

JOY at Elder Gallery
opens Sept. 25

Featuring works by Erin Comerford Miller, Carla Aaron-Lopez, Windy O’Connor and Lo’Vonia Parks, this exhibit unveils how innate joy fuels the artists’ individual works and delves into the transformative power of women coming together. Opening reception is noon-5 p.m. Sept. 25; reservations required. 1520 S. Tryon St.

— compiled by Amanda Lea 

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