Mint Hill Arts moved into its new space in the Mint Hill Plaza on Lawyers Road this January, signing a two-year lease with the option to renew. The organization moved after four years in its first space off Matthews-Mint Hill Road.
The rented space includes three suites, one of which was not available for the first month and a half. Now that all of the space is available, classrooms and galleries are being rearranged. Renovations include painting walls and installing plumbing for washing brushes.
Mint Hill Arts President Laura Sussman-Randall is very pleased with the new location.
“I think it’s going to be a very good thing for us.”
New features include enclosed classrooms, more parking, and a handicap entrance.
The organization began in 2005 as a small group of artists using various houses. The first year saw a membership growth from 15 to more than 150. Membership now reaches 250.
“Artists came out of the woodwork,” says Sussman-Randall. “There are a lot of artists in Mint Hill.” Members hail from around the Mecklenburg and Union County area.
Mint Hill Arts receives its biggest funding from membership and donations. The current fundraising event is a $10,000 Matching Challenge, where an anonymous donor will match donations up to $10,000. To donate and learn more about the Mint Hill Arts, visit www.minthillarts.org.
Visitors can stop by the Mint Hill Arts’ new space Tuesdays through Saturdays from 12 Noon to 3 pm and at its next gallery crawl April 13 at 7 pm.