Visitors packed in Mint Hill Arts’ gallery last Friday night, February 8, to see more than 140 photographs for the opening reception of MHA’s annual photography-only show, “Well Seen and Captured.”

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The walls in MHA’s gallery were lined from ceiling to floor with original photographs on a wide range of topics, including architecture, abstracts, portraits, and landscapes.

The show was sponsored by Biggs Camera and Fast Frame of Matthews, who donated the prizes. First, second, and third place prizes were $100, $75, and $50 gift certificates to Biggs Camera, and all four honorable mentions received $25 gift certificates to Fast Frames.

Reception attendees enjoyed wine, beer, soft drinks, and food, as the reception featured a 50/50 raffle and an appetizer cook-off, as well as live music.

Winners are: 1st place: Jim Young for Hang On, 2nd place: Michael Hutchinson for Lost Boy, 3rd place: Ric Alpert for Moab Mesa Sunrise.

Honorable mention: David Gaertner for 12 From 12, Michael Hutchinson for Dinner for 2, Mary J. Ellis for Warrior, and David Novak for Just East of San Francisco.

The photos will be on display at Mint Hill Arts throughout February.

For more information, visit the gallery, at 11205 Lawyers Road, Suite A in Mint Hill, or