Sam Van Aken: The Open Orchard

Through Saturday, August 25
McColl Center for Art + Innovation
Thursday, June 7, 2018 – Saturday, August 25, 2018 

Sam Van Aken’s exhibition at McColl Center for Art + Innovation, The Open Orchard, will turn the first-floor gallery and sculpture studio into a living exhibition and workshop space where he will preserve heirloom and antique fruit varieties before they disappear. Included will be Van Aken’s botanical illustrations and descriptions of centuries old fruit; tree stumps taken from old heirloom orchards that show the transition at the juncture of graft and trunk; herbarium specimens of pressed branches and flowers; and peach “wands” collected during the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017, suspended from the ceiling.

In turning the gallery into a workspace, Van Aken invites the community to participate in, learn, and, subsequently, teach the process of printing and hand-coloring botanical illustrations, creating herbarium specimens, and cooking dishes based on these fruits. This experiential setting is simultaneously aesthetic, community-based, educational, research-oriented and, ultimately, a form of conservation that attempts to address threats to food security and loss of diversity, preserving not just agriculture but the culture that surrounds these increasingly forgotten fruits.

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Through Saturday, August 25 · add to calendar 2018-08-16 09:00:00 2018-08-25 17:00:00 America/New_York Sam Van Aken: The Open Orchard McColl Center for Art + Innovation, 721 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC, 28202

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From I-77 North; Take the Brookshire Freeway East (exit 11) To the Church/Tryon Street exit; left at ramp right onto Church Street (through underpass)

From I-77 South: Take the Brookshire Freeway east to the Church/Tryon Street exit; right onto Church Street.

From I-85 North: Take the Brookshire Freeway (exit 36) to Church/Tryon Street exit; right on to Church Street.

From I-85 South: Take I-77 South (exit 38) to Brookshire Freeway east to the Church/Tryon Street exit; right onto Church Street.

Parking: The parking lot is on the corner of Church and 10th Streets, on the left. You will access the lot from 10th Street.

Additional Parking: At the Hal Marshall building, across from the Center on Tryon Street, after 5pm and on-street parking at meters.