By Leah Schmalz

The Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce, Mint Hill Arts and the town of Mint Hill have teamed up to present the Art Crawl in the Hall this Saturday at 5:30 in the town hall. The event weaves together local artists, business owners and government officials for a night of casual networking, refreshments and art appreciation. The first June Tunes event follows at 7:30 with a performance by Lindsay Nicole and Hwy. 74.

The art crawl showcases the quarterly art exhibit on display on the first and second floors of the town hall building. Work from local artists ranges from photography to watercolor to mixed media. “It’s not a huge show but it’s a quality show,” said Michael Hutchinson of Mint Hill Arts. “It features amateurs from all over the area, just like our organization is made up of all kinds of people, all walks of life.” 

Hutchinson said that while Mint Hill Arts is a non-profit, it depends on support from businesses and relationships with people in the community to succeed. He anticipates the event will help the organization and the chamber “join hands and come out into the community for more exposure so we can meet people and introduce them to what we’re doing.”

Sandy Barnett, Executive Administrator for the Chamber of Commerce, said the idea for the art crawl grew out of a desire for the two organizations to work together to gain exposure for both the arts and local businesses. “We’re trying to get that networking and social aspect to it,” said Barnett. “I don’t think a lot of people know that local artists have work featured throughout the town.”

Hutchinson said several cafes in town showcase work from local artists. Mint Hill Arts is also looking to develop a monthly Mint Hill art crawl, similar to ones held in Charlotte. “We’re looking forward to finding ideas and ways to extend Mint Hill Arts into the community and let people know what’s available,” he said. “We hope [this event] is the first of many.”