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Don’t Miss This: Their art collection goes on and on, and you may see it for one night only

If you’ve ever wanted to see an art collection that is as eclectic as it is international, Mint Artists Guild is giving you a wonderful opportunity, but only for one evening.
Join us on Oct. 19 for Mint Masterpieces, hosted by Judge Deborah Geraldine Bledsoe Ford and attorney Jerome Watson. They are two art collectors who fill their Palmer Woods home with art from Asia, Africa, Europe – and Detroit. Among them are pieces by artists Hughie Lee Smith, LeRoy Foster, Norbert Okpu and Detroit’s own Henry Heading.  Or consider Jacob Lawrence, who the Smithsonian Institution on American Art calls “the most widely acclaimed African American artist” of the 20th Century.

Watch this video for a tiny sampler of all the art in their home.  Then buy a ticket. A limited number of tickets to Mint Masterpieces are available now online. Each ticket purchased supports the growth of our nonprofit – and gives you access to an art collection that will inspire you to start or grow your own.

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Quotable: Saatchi’s Chelsea Jones

“To stand out, channel your individuality into your work.”
Saatchi Art curator Chelsea Jones in a post answering five questions from emerging artists. Among the artists who practiced this very well: Frida Kahlo, a Mexican artist whose self portraits reveal a lot of her feelings and experiences.

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Quotable: artist Linda Buck

“What are you going to say about your work? Know what you’re about before you step in the booth.”

– artist Linda Buck, a Mint Artists co-founder, at a Mint workshop.  Linda creates hand colored clay tiles with architectural details. She has sold her work at a number of fine art fairs – and also through the DIA git shop.

Linda Buck’s clay tiles are hand made and colored.

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An abstract greeting card, supporting summer jobs

Mint Artists is adding a new greeting card to its collection – its fourth card based on teen art.

This high quality abstract card is based on a painting created by Mint summer worker Tulani Rose Pryor. Tulani was one of four young workers to be employed by Mint in 2016.

Greeting card sales support our youth development and creative careers programs. The cards will be available at all Mint events, starting with the Palmer Park Art Fair May 6 and 7. They also will be available in our online store.

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Quotable: Leonardo da Vinci on doing

“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.”

–Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci

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College artist apply to sell at the Ann Arbor Art Fair /PHOTO


The Ann Arbor Art Fair is one of the giants in the business – and brings more than 1,100 artists in at least five different fairs from Main Street to the University of Michigan main campus.

One program called New Art / New Artists offers assistance to college artists who want to show and sell their work.

The program was developed by the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, The Original, and is free to college artists selected.

Deadline to apply is April 5, and applications are made on Zapplication.  Then a jury will select about six to eight artists. We want more of them to hail from Detroit this year.

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Quotable: artist Austen Brantley

Austen Brantley stands between two of his pieces.


“If you’ve got to sell your art, you’ve got to sell yourself.”

-sculptor Austen Brantley, at a Mint Artists Guild Learn & Earn workshop.
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Apply for summer creative jobs in Detroit

Mint’s summer jobs team in 2016.


Mint Artists Guild hopes to hire more young artists to paint and create original work this summer. If we raise a few thousand dollars to support the summer creative jobs program, the young people – ages 16 to 20 – will be hired through Grow Detroit’s Young Talent, the city’s summer jobs program. Young people must live in the city of Detroit.

Deadline to apply is March 31 – and after applying, please let us know you’re interested in Mint!  (Drop a note to and tell us why you’re interested and what kind of art you make.)

Shown here are the 2016 summer jobs crew: Jaiona Head, Tulani Pryor, Johanan Larsosa and Alexis Bagley.

They created 19 paintings that Mint donated to local nonprofits through our Paint Detroit with Generosity campaign, including one that Alexis Bagley painted that’s in Mack Alive! permanent collection.


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Quotable: entrepreneur Pamela Hilliard Owens

Pamela Hilliard Owens, shown with her husband editor Keith Owens


“It does help if you have a Plan B… but work hard on Plan A.”

– Pamela Hilliard Owens, a Detroit entrepreneur who owns three creative businesses, at a Mint workshop on goal setting.
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Artists, stay in a rustic cabin in the U.P.

If your art could be inspired or informed by two weeks in the beauty and untouched forests of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the Artist-in-Residence program at Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park may beckon. Stay in a rustic cabin without electricity or running water (though it has gas light and stove). The timber frame cabin has room for two people.

Artists selected must donate one piece of work and give a talk or workshop.

Deadline to apply for this year is March 31, but since they must be mailed, they need to be completed days earlier. The program is offered through the Friends of the Porkies, a nonprofit organization.   (Photo: Michigan Department of Natural Resources)