A Conversation with Latin American Contemporary Art Projects Director, Neely Verano
LaCa Projects in Charlotte celebrates its fifth year of bringing Latin American art to the Southeast
Latin American Contemporary Art Projects, commonly known as LaCa, was founded in 2013 by Argentinian natives and brothers, Walter and Juan Dolhare, and local arts patron Neely Verano (pictured). Its niche focus, now with locations in both Charlotte and Buenos Aires, uniquely positions the gallery to serve as a gateway for connecting highly talented, contemporary Latin American artists with the increasingly diversifying arts scene of Charlotte, as well as to provide a location in the Southeast region of the United States for art collectors to develop and foster an appreciation for the visually striking narrative of contemporary Latin American art.
2018 marks the gallery’s 5th anniversary year, and with it the opening of its café, Basal Coffee, founded by coffee expert Bryce Laguer. “The café represent our overall vision coming fully to life, which takes a different approach to the traditional gallery model,” notes Verano. “What makes us special, in addition to the relationship-driven orientation of our work and our inspiring vision, is the experience that our clients and patrons have when they visit. We aim to serve all sectors of the community by being an inclusive, dynamic place where cross-cultural interaction, intellectual stimulation, and creative dialogue occurs,” she adds.
The café, nestled adjacent to the gallery, will offer a full menu, premier specialty coffee, and curated wine selections from across the globe. Combined with access to artists in its newly refurbished studio spaces and museum-quality exhibitions in its 8,000 square-foot gallery, LaCa Projects brings an important and hip cultural asset to Charlotte and the region, and in a revitalized neighborhood just five minutes from Uptown Charlotte.
“Building LaCa Projects’ into what it is today, and leading it into our bright future, has been an amazing and rewarding journey. We are proud to be a small but mighty force in Charlotte’s burgeoning art and culture scene,” says Verano.