Pat Elliott Named Mint Hill Arts’ Volunteer of the Month for March Pat Elliott has been named Volunteer of the Month for March. She was honored at the opening reception for the Cardinal Camera Photography Show that was held in March at the gallery. Mint Hill Arts offers the community two opportunities each month for artists to draw and paint from life: Life Drawing and Portrait Drawing. These sessions, which are free and open to the public, are an important part of the mission of Mint Hill Arts to serve the local arts community. […]
By Leah Schmalz
As part of a continued effort to spotlight the vibrant art community, Mint Hill is displaying work from three local artists in the rear hallway of the town hall building. A reception was held last Saturday for the quarterly art exhibit, but the public is welcome to continue to view the work during regular business hours.
Ann-Marie Clarke, Ken Halstead and Jennie Martin Tomlin are the featured artists. Clarke creates her pieces with mixed media, such as scraps from other projects and pictures of models from magazines topped with paint. “I’m inspired a lot by music and things that happen in my life,” she said. “My work tends to go towards the odd and bizarre.”
Mary Ellis Young, former secretary of the Mint Hill Arts’ Executive Committee, has been named Volunteer of the Month for November. She will be honored at the opening reception for the “Black and White Ball” exhibit on Friday, November 7, 6:30-9:30 pm, at the Gallery, 11205 Lawyers Road, Suite A, Mint Hill. (The reception is also a part of “Art Around the Block,” which occurs the first Friday of each month in Mint Hill.)
In addition to serving as secretary over the past two years, Mary has spent countless hours on grant applications that have resulted in an increase in the monies needed to operate Mint Hill Arts, making the organization financially solvent. […]
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 […]