Retired CMS drama teacher Marta Brown and student practice improvisation. PHOTOS COURTESY OF MINT HILL ARTS
This month, Mint Hill Arts will be offering something entirely new. “A Month of Sundays” is a program at MHA that will feature a different class, taught by a different teacher each Sunday.
Sundays in October, from 1-4 pm at MHA’s Lawyer’s Road gallery, classes are free to attend and will show different techniques of painting, drama and drawing.
The program is an effort to expand awareness and showcase the array of classes Mint Hill Arts has to offer and an experiment in expanding hours to Sunday.
“I’ve had many people say to me, ‘I wish you were open on Sunday afternoons, because that’s when I have free time and that’s when it would be easier for me to get over there and look around and see what’s going on.’” said Judy Mizell, organizer of the program. “So I thought, before we try to take it on as a full-time thing, let’s give it a month and see what kind of reaction we get. Can we get people to come out on Sundays?”
October 7 will start the program with “Watercolor Fun and Easy,” taught by Vicki Crossman, who has been teaching watercolor at MHA for several years.
The second Sunday will feature an improv class, taught by Marta Brown, a retired middle school drama teacher and current MHA teacher.
“A Month of Sundays” organizer Judy Mizell teaches a workshop at Mint Hill Arts.
“The main reason I chose to do the improv on Sunday is because I think it’s a really good skill for people to know how to do,” Brown said. “Because you have to think quickly on your feet, and I think this is something that anybody—adults, any ages—would enjoy doing.”
Week three will be a hands-on drawing demonstration with teacher Ginny Edelen, featuring three different types of drawing: drawing by shape, from the imagination, and by spatial relationships, which will be presented at 1, 2, and 3 pm, respectively.
Edelen, who teaches home schoolers at MHA, said, “I do anything I can to promote it (MHA) because it’s a wonderful service to the community, and this is one way of bringing people in on a day that they might be available.”
The last Sunday, October 28, will be taught by Mizell, who has been teaching at MHA for four years, and will demonstrate pouring techniques in watercolor using different surfaces and
materials to show “some of the exciting results you can achieve when you allow the paint and water to do the work.”
Mint Hill Arts is hoping that the turnout for “A Month of Sundays” will provide enough activity for the gallery to be open on Sundays regularly, and that it helps people to rediscover MHA at their new
“We would like to get it so more people know where we are and what we have to offer the community,” said Mizell. “We moved from our other location back in the spring to this new location on Lawyer’s road and we’re sort of trying to get people to find us there and that’s part of the reason we wanted to do this.”