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The importance of drawing and multiple works at once: Shirley Woodson’s advice

Artist Shirley Woodson shares her career and lessons, and the importance of drawing to artists.

Summertime wish list: Give us mosaics and gift cards and more!

Mint is getting ready for a busy summer of art making – and free arts and crafts in Palmer Park. And as they say it takes a village, so we are asking our village to give us some supplies.  These all will be used by our teen artists for creative community art projects. Here’s our summertime wish list: Art supplies: …

Final four emerging artists at the Palmer Park Art Fair

© Oluwaseyi Akintoroye
© Selene Craddock

Mint Artists will have a full tent at the Palmer Park Art Fair this weekend.  We’ve been introducing you to our emerging artists bit by bit, blog post by blog post.

Here are the final four, who we hope you come buy and buy from in person on June 1 or 2:

Oluwaseyi Akintoroye creates photographs of nature, and increasingly of people and scenes from Detroit and around Michigan. She also sometimes works in water color or acrylic paints and she attends Cass Tech.

Selene Craddock makes felted animals that look very lifelike – from lambs to butterflies and elephants.  Appropriately enough, the CASA and Clawson High School student will work at the Detroit Zoo this summer.

Jessica Fligger is new to Mint, and also lives fairly close to Palmer Park. She creates both paintings and ceramic tiles and pieces, and works with Mint Ambassador Barbara Barefield as her mentor.

Lia Massey is graduating from Cass Technical High School this year. She designs and creates original fashions and gowns (including the prom dress shown) and paintings of women wearing fashion apparel.

Meet all our artists in person – and buy their beautiful work at the Palmer Park Art Fair ! Hours are Saturday 10-7 and Sunday 11-5.

Prom dress by Lia Massey
© Jessica Fligger

Meet this trio of Mint Artists at the Palmer Park Art Fair

Meet two newcomers to Mint Artists Guild and one veteran artist, all of them heading to the Palmer Park Art Fair.

Creating art increases empathy and writing skills, researchers say

Elementary and middle schools in Houston who were offered more arts and music experiences in school and after school saw “remarkable impacts on students’ academic, social, and emotional outcomes,” researchers found. Their standardized writing scores increased 13 percent, compared to the control group, and their compassion for others rose 8 percent. Students also had fewer disciplinary problems and were more …

Second trio of Mint Artists attend Cass Tech; that’s where similarity ends

Meet DeWayna, De’Shaia and Prince, three artists from Cass Tech, who are in the Mint tent at the Palmer Park Art Fair.

Meet three Mint Artists and buy their work at Palmer Park

A brief introduction to Annie, Alexis and Trinity, three of the 13 Mint Artists at the Palmer Park Art Fair.

Space it out in preparing for major event

Trinity Brown creates and sells jewelry – often a lot of it – at the Mint tent at the Palmer Park Art Fair. At a recent Mint workshop, she shared how she sometimes has procrastinated on finishing work, adding the hooks to earrings the night before the fair and created many pieces in the final days beforehand. This year, though, …

The beauty of volunteers, or how Mint got a first class website for free

It started with a call for a volunteer to work on a WordPress website in Detroit. The posting on VolunteerMatch drew lots of interested individuals – close to 20 of them from almost that many states.We quickly narrowed the list to a half dozen and then through interviews, chose one amazing woman Michelle, who became our first web developer. She …

Make the most of your job interview: Interview tips for emerging creatives

If you’re searching for a creative summer job, with Mint Artists or elsewhere, get ready for job interviews.   These may be nerve wracking or thought provoking, frustrating or fruitful. And they are generally one key to landing a job. There’s plenty of research and advice available on job search and job interviews, some of it written by me for Fortune …