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Three Artists-three views at Mint Hill Town Hall

The new Mint Hill Town Hall Exhibit, titled “Three Artists-Three Views,” runs through December. It features the work of Luis Ardila, John Barja, and Sharon Furner – all members of Mint Hill Arts. The artists will be honored at a public reception on Sunday, Nov. 2, 3-6 pm, at the rear of the hall.

“Each artist has a distinctive vision and style,” notes Judy Mizell, a well-known local artist, teacher, and MHA member. “Taken together, their art is a feast for the eyes, as well as the intellect.”

Columbia-born Luis German Ardila, whose preferred medium is oil, has exhibited his award-winning art throughout Europe and the Americas and has enjoyed an extensive career as an art teacher,. A recurring theme in his art is symbolism, which he believes is the key to enlightenment.   He has been influenced by 20th century Expressionism, as well as illuminators and sculptors of the Middle Ages.

John Barja, Sr., a Mint Hill businessman for over 30 years, began painting in high school and continued his study of art in college. He is known for his whimsical, often humorous pieces.  Barja is displaying for the first time ever his collection of paintings that commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I.  They are based on the poetry of Wilfred Owen, a renowned British poet who lost his life just days before the end of “The Great War.”  His moving portrayals of the horrors of war demonstrate the powerful message art can convey.  He hopes his works will provide inspiration to those interested in the arts […]

By |October 30th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds|0 Comments

Jennie Martin Tomlin Named Mint Hill Arts Volunteer of the Month for October

Mint Hill Arts has named Jennie Martin Tomlin Volunteer of the Month for October.  She was recognized at the recent Opening Reception for the “People’s Choice Award Show” at the Gallery, located at 11205 Lawyers Rd, Mint Hill.

The honoree, a long-time member of Mint Hill Arts, is an accomplished and noted artist, whose work is often exhibited at shows.  Last year she took First Place in MHA’s watercolor show for her “Roses, Always Roses.” She also won Best of Show for her watercolor “Blue on Blue” at the Falling Rivers Art Gallery in Albemarle.  As a dedicated member of the intake committee for several years, she has given many hours of service in this capacity. […]

By |October 15th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Good deeds|0 Comments

Mint Hill’s “Art Around the Block” Friday, October 3

The upcoming “Art Around the Block” on Friday, October 3 (6:30-9:30  pm) promises to be fun and entertaining.  Think about wearing a costume or mask and making an appearance at Irene Cafe, where’s there is always live music.  Next, take time to cast your vote for your favorite piece of art during the “People’s Choice […]

By |September 25th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts|0 Comments

Pat Kempisty Named Mint Hill Arts’ Volunteer of the Month for September

September, 2014:  Mint Hill Arts has named Pat Kempisty Volunteer of the Month for September.  Formal recognition will be Friday, September 5, 7:00-9:00 p.m., at the MHA Opening Reception for the “Music” show in the gallery, 11205 Lawyers Rd, Mint Hill. The public is invited to attend the free reception honoring Pat and artists who will receive awards.  […]

By |September 17th, 2014|Around Town, Arts|0 Comments

Mint Hill Arts Welcomes New Teachers

Fall classes for students of all ages (children, teens, and adults) will begin Sept. 15, 2014, at Mint Hill Arts, with an exciting array of classes, ranging from watercolors to oils to photography.  Returning to MHA classrooms are Judy Mizell, Larry Ferguson, Vicki Crossman, Mila Antonyuk, and Pamela Shook.  Joining them will be eleven new […]

By |September 17th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Good deeds|0 Comments

First Art Around the Block brings art and community together

By Charles Kelleher Harris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 […]

By |August 6th, 2014|Around Town, Arts|0 Comments