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Community events celebrate the Fourth

By Leah Schmalz

Celebrate Independence Day on Friday and Saturday with two great events in Matthews and Mint Hill.

First, enjoy patriotic classics that salute the armed forces on the lawn in front of the Mint Hill Town Hall on Friday as Queen City Brass Brand returns again for its annual Independence Day concert. This is the […]

By |June 30th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History|0 Comments

Local artists display work at Mint Hill town hall

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.”

By |April 4th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds|0 Comments

Mint Hill Deputy Clerk to Retire after 30 Years

By Charles Kelleher Harris

Doris Miller is has mixed feelings.

“There have been many things I’ve liked about my work,” said Miller.  “Meeting and greeting the citizens of Mint Hill is at the top of the list.  I’ve made many friends and kept in touch with others just by being the first person they see coming into the Town Hall.”

But despite this joy, Miller had decided to retire this month after 30 years with the town and she is looking forward to it.

“My plans for retirement are to spend more time with my children and grandchildren, travel and devote more time volunteering in my church and community,” she said.

Miller, a native of Marion, NC, attended Kings College and shortly thereafter married Mint Hill resident the late James L. Miller.

Miller’s first job with the town was as Assistant Town Clerk and Tax Collector.  […]

By |November 6th, 2014|Around Town, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History|4 Comments

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|4 Comments