Mint Hill Arts Gives Distinguished Award

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Long time residents of Mint Hill, Romie and Judy Mizell, were honored with a reception Friday evening at the Mint Hill Arts location on Lawyers Road.

The Mizells receive a round of applause after the reading of the proclamation.

Romie recently stepped down as president of the organization, having given four years of commendable service. On June 30, David McGee, who has succeeded Romie as president of Mint Hill Arts, awarded the Mizells with Life Membership (at which point Romie quipped that he hopes to get another 20 years in). Even more importantly, it was announced that the Mint Hill Arts annual photography show will now be named “The Mizell Photography Show.” This is only the second time a show series has been named to honor distinguished service by members.

According to the commendation, “Romie has led Mint Hill Arts with integrity and keen insights that have lifted our presence in the community and improved our financial stability.” The commendation went on to explain that Romie “created an atmosphere of excitement by encouraging new members and new programs.” Judy, a renowned water color artist, was recognized as his “helpmate” during his four year tenure, and both were lauded for making Mint Hill Arts “a more vibrant organization and an integral part of the community.”

In the late 70’s, Judy was already making a name for herself in the art world, when Romie dedicated himself to give inspiration to Judy through his photography, mostly of nature. He became noted as a photographer in his own right. His photos and Judy’s watercolors can be seen on display at places like the Mint Hill Library, Town Hall, the Chamber of Commerce, and BB&T. Despite this honor, Romie remains humble. “I don’t want this to be about me. I want it to be about Mint Hill Arts and how far they have come. It’s a nonprofit organization, and everyone who works here is a volunteer. We have many dedicated people in this organization who strive to keep the arts alive.”

First and foremost, Romie would like to get the word out about Mint Hill Arts and what they have to offer in terms of classes and community recognition of local artists. “Many people in Mint Hill are not aware of Mint Hill Arts, and I would like to change that.” The studio is currently having “People’s Choice Awards,” in which anyone interested in local artists can come in and vote in categories such as “Most Creative,” “Funniest,” “Best Use of Repurposed Items,” and of course, “Best in Show.”

The next chance to see the artwork of Judy and Romie beyond that at local businesses, will be at “Sunday at the Park” on August 27 at Wilgrove Park on Wilgrove Mint Hill Road. There you will find not only artwork by the Mizells, but many other artists as well.

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Kathy Shepler
I was an English professor at The University of Akron, Ohio before retiring and moving to Charlotte last year. My undergraduate degree is in journalism and my masters in education. Along with writing for The Mint Hill Times, I tutor in English and do book editing. I live in Mint Hill with my husband and am involved in a number community activities.