Two years ago, Bryce Laguer, his wife, Andrea and their two young sons left family and friends in Orlando to move to Charlotte with the purpose of opening Basal Coffee.
The café’s soft opening was March 22. Basal Coffee is in the FreeMoreWest Neighborhood at 1429 Bryant St., adjacent to LaCa Projects, a contemporary art gallery for Latin American works.
Basal Coffee’s opening is part of a larger celebration marking the anniversary, and the opening of artist Carlos Estévez’s new exhibit, “Transeúntes.” Also on tap at 1429 Bryant St. in Charlotte’s West End will be three performances of Mark Diamond’s “Othello” by the Charlotte Ballet, and a presentation by musicians from the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.
Estévez, a visual artist with Cuban and Miami ties, will have 80 works displayed throughout the gallery space. “Carlos has a unique perspective because he has a foot in two different countries,” Verano says. “His work spans a lot of different topics... This show is heavily leaning toward music and dance. There is a musical series and a ballet series.”
The exhibition runs through March 17.
Latin American Contemporary Art (LaCa) Projects is unveiling Transeúntes (Transients), an exhibition of new work by Miami-based artist, Carlos Estévez (Cuba). This will be the artist’s second solo exhibition with the gallery.
The gallery will also be celebrating the grand opening of Basal Coffee, the new café at LaCa Projects, in conjunction with the public opening for Transients. These events will be the first of many that will be scheduled throughout 2018 to celebrate the fifth anniversary of LaCa Projects.
Portland, OR - Two works by Cristina Toro, debuted in LaCa Projects’ Cristina Toro: Strike a Match to Hear My Sound in Spring 2017, are featured in Fourteen 30 Contemporary’s exhibition, Epochal Aeration: Or, The Slow Hand, curated by noteable author and arts contributor Trinie Dalton.
Catch the first event in the Sphere Series -- discussions on the power of art to spark creative solutions and social change -- 6-8 p.m. Oct. 10.
On the panel: Cristin Tierney of the Cristin Tierney Gallery in New York; Kaeli Deane, a vice president at the auction house Phillips; Stas Johnson-Chyzhykov, an associate director at Artsy.net; and Nicole Berry of The Armory Show.
After a torturous hiatus, Latin American Contemporary Art Projects is finally reopening, and not without some fanfare. When the Charlotte home of LaCa Projects welcomes visitors once again this fall, it will do so as part of an ambitious, multi-institution collaboration featuring contemporary Mexican photography.
Charlotte, with one of the country’s fastest growing Latino populations, will get a new and multidimensional look at Mexico this fall – through pictures. That’s when an unusual arts collaboration called “In Focus/Enfoque” begins, with half a dozen arts institutions in the city offering the work of more than 50 contemporary photographers, from both Mexico and the United States, over a timeframe that stretches from this month to next June.
Botellas al Mar (“Bottles to the Sea”) is part of a project that encloses the main idea of the relation between the space and the people who live in it, where one creates and transforms the other and vice versa. This piece is specifically inspired in the Malecon Habanero (Havana’s Malecon), which celebrated its one-hundredth anniversary in 2001 and is the protagonist of stories of all kinds―a metaphor of the Cuban’s geographic limits and the human’s eagerness for extending his spiritual territories.
A meshing of coffee and Latin American art will be coming to Charlotte this fall: Basal Coffee is scheduled to open within the art gallery Latin American Contemporary Art (LaCa) Projects, in the FreeMore West neighborhood near uptown. Basal will offer specialty coffees, pastries, light food options, as well as wine and craft beer.
By Catherine M. Austin
The mesmerizing new work of Cristina Toro is on view at LaCa Projects. Her exhibition, 'Strike a Match to Hear My Sound', is up through April 7, 2017. Pictures do not come close to doing these brilliant works justice. The indescribable vibrant colors, rhythmic imagery, and impressive scale can only be fully appreciated in person.
By Andy Smith
Puerto Rican artist Cristina Toro creates intricate acrylic paintings and collages that often explore both the interior and our connections to the outside world. Her works appear as both surreal and personal revelations, as the artist often sets out with no final image in mind. In a new show at LaCa Projects in Charlotte, N.C., these ideas take on grand forms in works like the enormous “Without Exception Everything is Reflected in this Mirror,” at 12 feet by 9 feet.
LaCa Projects is a traditional commercial gallery that rotates shows every 8-12 weeks, with a great breadth and depth of artists that range from emerging to master level artists. The shows also have a wide range of style, medium, aesthetic, and movement.
Latin American Contemporary Art Projects off of Bryant Road in South End has gathered an all-star cast of Latin American artists that have exhibited there in the past for the second large-scale collaborative exhibition in the gallery's three-year history, Collective II.
Latin American Contemporary Art (LaCa) Projects is pleased to participate in its first collaboration with CAPITOL, exhibiting artist Cristina Toro (b. 1983) in conjunction with CAPITOL’s trunk show featuring the dynamic mother/daughter designers behind Of Rare Origin.
In cooperation with Latin American Contemporary Art Projects, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is proud to present Art Beyond Bars: Works from the Bechtler's Jail Arts Initiative, which showcases artwork produced by Latino inmates and youthful offenders who participated in the Bechtler Museum’s outreach partnership with the Mecklenburg County Jail.