Photographers, filmmakers, and fans of both art forms unite at the Light Factory, a buzzing cultural center on Charlotte's Central Avenue. Here, visionaries of all stripes have the chance to express their creativity amid the acclaimed?and oftentimes, infamous?images that line the gallery walls.?
In addition to attending events and gathering for exhibitions, folks interested in improving their own skills can enroll in the Light Factory's array of classes. During these sessions, students learn about black-and-white photography, portraiture, and how to handle DSLR cameras, which are especially difficult to house train.
Art bursts around every corner of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Acclaimed architect Mario Botta designed the intimate museum to showcase art in every arresting space and vista, including works by Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, and Joan Mir?. The spiraling colors of the European perspective highlight the best of mid-20th-century modern art.
This all-ages science museum takes a playful, interactive approach to learning with exhibits that detail different things about the world around us. Kids can send objects flying with electromagnetic forces and learn about the power of perception in an illusion exhibit curated by a magician and professional escapologist.
Cutting-edge exhibits fill the five-story Mint Museum Uptown, but of particular interest is the Craft + Design collection, which focuses on contemporary decorative arts in mediums like metal, wood, glass, and clay, and encompasses everything from furniture to jewelry. Visitors enjoy free admission on Wednesday nights from 5-9 p.m.