First Art Around the Block brings art and community together

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When Romie Mizell and Michael Hutchinson of Mint Hill Arts Fine Art Center initially brainstormed about the first Arts around the Block event, they were unsure how the community would respond.

By Friday evening the response was clear.
“I was surprised by the involvement,” said Mizell, “Everyone has been very supportive.”

“Our goal was to bring art into the community,” said Hutchinson, “We wanted to bring merchants and artist together to encourage more support of the arts.”

Local businesses, artist and craftsmen came together to arrange the Friday evening art crawl. Mint Hill establishments such as the Fine Art Center, Picket and Plume and The Looking Glass featured hors d’oeuvers, wine and pastry along with selections of some of the area’s best painter’s, photographer’s and artisans’ portfolios.

“We want to bring some culture to the people,” said Irene Café owner Kidane Sayfou, “There are so many local artists but nobody knows about them.”

Artist Barbara Travell, who helped arranged the event said that her goal was to actually change people’s impression of Mint Hill.

“We want to see Mint Hill being known as an art community,” said Travell, “We want people to know they don’t have to go into town for art, music and food.”

Artist Joyce Fischer, who has been painting since 1958, was on hand at Irene Café where some of her work is on display.

“I love this exposure,” she said, “A lot of times if people can meet an artist they take a second look at the work.”

Mint Hill resident Tracy Hill attended the Art Crawl with great interest.

“We just wanted to see what is available in Mint Hill,” she said, “And I wanted to meet some of my neighbors.”

Tony Scudder and Joe Cunningham owners of Picket and Plume opened their business which features home décor and custom artwork.

“One of our big visions was to have local artists featured,” said Scudder, “There are a lot more people than I expected.”

If residents missed out on the Art around the Block, they will have plenty of time to catch up. Mint Hill Arts has decided to hold the event the first Friday of every month.

 

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Art Crawl in the Hall partners local artists, businesses

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.”  Continue reading

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Bill and Ann Litaker art show winners announced

By Michele Dotson  dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Christopher Pariano’s painting, “Self-portrait with black hood,” won first place in the paint- ing category for acrylic/pastels/oil. PHOTO BY MICHELE DOTSON

Christopher Pariano’s painting, “Self-portrait with black hood,” won first place in the paint- ing category for acrylic/pastels/oil. PHOTO BY MICHELE DOTSON

The winners for the Mint Hill Arts show were announced on Friday, December 13, at 8 pm. The gallery was filled to capacity for the opening of the annual Bill and Ann Litaker judged art show.

The entire show was judged by Eldred P. Hudson, Head of the Art Department at UNCC. Hudson spent over four hours at the gallery meticulously studying and documenting each piece. He then spent two days sifting through his notes before making his final recommendations. Hudson also prepared written comments on all winning pieces.

The show was open to a wide range of genre, including water media, photography, painting (oils, acrylics and pastels), three-dimensional multimedia including drawing, graphics, and alcohol inks.

Several honorable mentions were awarded in each category, as well as first, second and third place prizes. Continue reading

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Mint Hill Arts to expand offerings Begin kids’ birthday parties in January

By Michele Dotson   dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Mint Hill Arts will be offering up space and services for birthday parties beginning in January, 2014.

Puppeteer Pamela Shook will lead kids through a puppet making experience and brief performance, and artist Mila Antonyuk will be in charge of parties with more of a visual art focus.

“I will write a unique song for the child’s birthday,” says Shook. “Then the children will make their own puppets which we’ll use to tell a unique story.”

Puppet parties are appropriate for children ages 4 and up and will be $125 for 10 kids to have an hour and half on site.

Visual arts parties will be available for ages 5 and above. Parents can choose from several different theme-related titles such as princess, dinosaur, or pirates. There will be an additional $25.00 for custom parties. Continue reading

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Event spotlights Mint Hill Arts and Pottery 51

The first gallery crawl of the season saw a steady flow of visitors to the Mint Hill Arts gallery as well as Pottery 51.

The Friday night event was held in conjunction with the opening of the “People’s Choice” show and the Mint Hill Arts Gallery was buzzing with visitors comparing notes and sharing opinions on pieces submitted by local residents. 

The winners of this show are selected by popular public vote. Categories include Best in Show, Most Beautiful, Funniest, Most Creative, and Best “Junk” Art, which will be awarded for the best use of recycled materials.
Judging continues throughout the month. Visit the gallery, located at 11205 Lawyers Road, Mint Hill, to view the pieces, then, cast your vote for your favorites by filling out the ballot and dropping it in the official ballot box.
David McGee was named Volunteer of the Month at the opening reception, and Ann Litaker from the Mint Hill Women’s Club presented a check for $250 to the Mint Hill Arts.
At Pottery 51, visitors had the opportunity to enjoy the newly completed covered patio. Potters had their pieces on display and for sale.
Visitors enjoyed tours of the studio, music, refreshments, and an opportunity to talk with the local potters.
Pottery 51 is located at 7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Road.
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Mint Hill Arts Crawl

It’s that time of year again. Time to enjoy a beautiful evening with the Arts Crawl  in Mint Hill. Not only can you visit the Mint Hill Arts opening on second Fridays, but now you will also be able to enjoy Pottery 51. Take a stroll down the street, appreciate the new sidewalks, stop for dinner at a local restaurant and come and see what Pottery 51 has to offer.

Potters have been busy all summer; some attending seminars, others attending work- shops, all improving their skills and bring- ing exciting new ideas into their work.

The Fall season featuring Brenda Roberts and Max McLeod.

A new patio is per- fect for spending an evening with friends and refreshments. Come join MH Arts for Arts Crawl, second Fridays beginning September 13.

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