Programming for 2014: KEEPING WATCH on Plastics

Artist Joyce Dallal’s “The Other Toy Story” is a 10-foot plastic baby. During the March 28 opening reception guests may “feed” the baby with plastic toys. Photo courtesy of Joyce Dallal. Smaller "babies" will be installed at Discovery Place and elsewhere in town.

Sustain Me Baby: art exhibit March 28-June 26 at Projective Eye Gallery, UNC Charlotte Center City.

Is This Yours?: art installations March 28-June 26, calling attention to plastics waste, to be placed around Charlotte, from local artists Kurt Warnke and Nancy Pierce.

Stayin' Alive: art exhibit May 9-July 26. Work by Aurora Robson at McColl Center for Visual Art.

Clean Martini Screens: May 16 and June 13. Join us for for film screenings, discussion, and clean martinis made by local distilleries from local products, as well as light locally sourced hors d'oeuvres.

June 13, 6-9 PM Growing Cities and short clips from Jean Paul Ganem. followed by a panel discussion on urban agriculture and food-waste recycling.

Mary Newsom of the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute will moderate the discussion. Panelists will be:

An earlier event was May 16: Bag it: Is your life too plastic?  6-9 p.m. May 16.  Mary Newsom of the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute and PlanCharlotte.org moderated the panel discussion. Panelists: 

  • Mike Lizotte, the UNC Charlotte sustainability officer.

  • Laurette Hall, Mecklenburg County Solid Waste, environmental manager of waste reduction programs.  
  • Meg Fencil of Sustain Charlotte, a local sustainability education and advocacy group that studied Mecklenburg’s recycling rate, comparing it with other cities.
  • Sam Perkins, of the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, who will discuss the problem of trash, especially plastics, and how they affect our waterways.

The event is co-sponsored with Slow Food Charlotte and will feature “clean martinis” made from local products at local distilleries, as well as light, locally sourced hors d’oeuvres.


The bird is a photo by Chris Jordan, from his Midway series, which has images of the stomach contents of dead baby albatrosses, whose parents mistakenly feed them bits of plastic, which kills them.

Plastic bale artwork by Charlotte artist Kurt Warnke.