ASC grants town money for arts and cultural programs

Two organizations in Mint Hill, plus the Town of Mint Hill, learned last week they will receive grant money from the Arts and Science Council. Mint Hill Arts will receive $6,000 to provide art classes, The Scottish Society will receive $6,600 for the Highland Games and the Town will receive $4,583 for its annual slate of cultural events.

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Mint Hill Arts unveils September exhibit

9-09 pic The summer may be winding down but the excitement at Mint Hill Arts is not. The September exhibit will feature works of art using a monochromatic palette. Monochromism is a painting, drawing, or other work of art utilizing a single color or various shades of the same color.

The exhibit opens with a gallery reception on September 11, from 7-9 pm and runs through October 1. MHA Gallery is open 10 amto 3 pm, Tues-Sat.  Go to minthillarts.org for details of events and classes.

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Teens could win cash prize in Public Library’s first teen talent competition

Take The Stage, the Public Library’s first talent competition for teens, is on a quest to find talented 12-18 year-olds. Teens that can sing, dance, or perform spoken word are needed to share their flair with the community. A $100 prize awaits the winner of the grand finale, set for August 8 at 2 p.m. at ImaginOn. Grand finale participants will also have the chance to meet Power 98 D.J. Jeanine Davis, who will host the event. The following libraries will hold first-round auditions for Take The Stage:

7/13, 6 p.m., South County Regional
7/21, 3:30 p.m., North County Regional
7/23, 3:30 p.m., University City Regional
7/27, 4 p.m., Freedom Regional
7/30, 6 p.m., Independence Regional

To register, interested teens should visit www.libraryloft.org to view contest rules and to complete a registration form.

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$5,000 grant opportunity for local artists

Performing and literary artists can apply for up to $5,000 to support their artistic development through the Regional Artist Project Grant program.

The grant application deadline is Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at noon. Applications and guidelines are available at www.ArtsAndScience.org.

Artists who have lived in the counties of Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Rutherford, and York for one year are eligible to apply. Continue reading

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Queens Grant Community Charter School hosts art show

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Queens Grant held its first ever art show for grades K-11 last Friday night. In the picture above, Queens Grant High School art teacher Sabryah Alghrary stands surrounded by students (l-r) Augusta Newton, Matt Evangelisto, Zack Joyner and Anna Sawyer at the art show.  Behind them are pieces created by Queens Grant High School students. In the photo below, art teachers Sabryah Alghrary, Toni Thomas and Dana Peele pose together. Photos courtesy of Leslie Southerland.

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Joyce and Jim Lavene release latest mystery

A Corpse for YewJoyce and Jim Lavene released their latest mystery novel titled “A Corpse for Yew,” part of the Peggy Lee Garden Mysteries. You may know Joyce as the Plant Lady in the Mint Hill Times. Joyce and Jim are also prolific writers, having completed more than 30 novels. You can see a trailer for the latest book here. You can purchase the novel here. Of the many books written by Joyce and Jim, which one is their favorite? Joyce says it’s a tough call:

People always ask which book is our favorite. I always say I could never choose. Which daughter do I love best? Which grandchild is cutest? There is no way to measure these things and I wouldn’t want to.I love them all the same. They are all a part of me. And Jim! 8-))

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