De’Shaia Ventour, a senior at Cass Tech, started making more elaborate duct tape painting after she joined Mint and sold her work at the Palmer Park Art Fair and other Mint events.
She still creates beautiful duct tape flower pens and wallets, but her work has gotten bigger, more elaborate and in more venues.
Her duct tape painting Black Roses will be for sale at the All Media Exhibit, beside established artists including Darren Darby, Carole Morriseau, who taught art at Cass Tech, Bryan Tillman and others.
It’s her second time in the Detroit Artists Market. She had a few pieces in the Art for the Holidays show, which just ended.
For the All Media Show, Mint has a second piece at DAM too. The Mint Red Fish mosaic was created in the Mint Creative Summer Jobs program 2018, by a group of artists including Lakiya Ealey, Jordan Johnson and Lia Massey. Someone who buys the mosaic fish will support Mint in hiring 12 or more youth in our creative summer jobs program this year. (All sale proceeds for Black Roses goes directly to De’Shaia Ventour.)
The All Media exhibit opens on Friday and is up through Feb. 15 at the Detroit Artists Market, 4917 Woodware Ave., Detroit. The show is curated by Mint co-founder and Vice President Hubert Massey.
If you love art, and want to see it – a lot of it – in an intimate setting, join us for our party and fundraiser in the art-filled home of Judge Deborah Geraldine Bledsoe Ford and attorney Jerome Watson. It’s one evening only, so don’t miss out.
The Detroit collectors have filled their home with works by internationally known artists Norbert Okpu Peju Aliaese, Hughie Lee Smith and Jacob Lawrence. Also Detroit / Michigan artists LeRoy Foster, Henry Heading, Bill Murcko and Carl Owens. And many others, including Mint Artists Guild alumni Ackeem Salmon.
This year, we honor as featured alumni artist Damon FirstBorn Chamblis. His art and offer original and limited edition art of other emerging artists and professional artists in our Mint Masterpieces silent auction so guests may build their collections.
So “join us for the youth. Stay for the art!” A limited number of tickets are available Buy your tickets to Mint Masterpieces on Oct. 19 now.
Don’t miss out!
This painting by artist Hughie Lee-Smith is part of the eclectic, international collection of Judge Deborah Geraldine Bledsoe Ford and attorney Jerome Watson. Buy Mint Masterpieces tickets to see it and so much more.
Mint Artists Guild long has depended on artists to support our youth, our programs and our growth. They lead workshops, donate art supplies, give advice and mentoring. And they give their inventive, creative masterpieces for our Mint Masterpieces silent auction.
This year, we are fortunate to have work from artists who have supported us for several years, and some who are new to our creative circle of generosity and growth.
Jewelry maker Jody Mitchell is donating an original necklace made from Tibetan agate and brass. The brass Ashanti stool pendant was purchased at from the MBAD African Bead Gallery in Detroit; the golden stool is the divine throne of the Ashanti people and the ultimate symbol of power in Asante, now central Ghana. Believed to house the spirit of the Asante nation, living, dead and yet to be born, a royal stool may belong to any chief or any person of consequence. Mitchell slowly “evolved” an intuitive process for making her one-of-a kind jewelry for more than 20 years. She has a strong affinity for rare and ancient beads because they tell a story
Mike Willenborg, a machine repair expert and artist, has supported Mint before, by making us one of the beneficiaries of the Scrap Fest, held at the Lexus Velodrome. He bought tickets to Mint Masterpieces, then donated two pieces of his copper and metal paintings to our silent auction. Willenborg used to discard old parts and metal pieces, but now he allows them to speak, with “whimsey and weirdness.” Gears, bearings, chains and copper plates all have long lives and many stories to tell. How they become tarantulas and moons and elephants with spider webs for ears, Willenborg says, no one will ever tell.
Henry Heading‘s beautiful work combine his talent as an artist and as a carpenter. He creates his own frames, and they are works of art that flow from the intricately painted piece. He donated this beautiful heart piece to our silent auction. Heading is new to supporting Mint Artists Guild, and a regular working with Mint co-founder Hubert Massey on large murals and mosaic projects. He also is one of the favorite artists of Mint Masterpieces’ hosts Judge Deborah Bledsoe Ford and attorney Jerome Watson.
Anthony Brass, whose orange hand-tree piece came to us after the Palmer Park Art Fair, is a new supporter of Mint. He learned about our nonprofit from his partner, artist Espacia Fotiu, who is a Mint alumni whose career started in the Mint tent. Brass considers himself a “contemporary surrealist artist” whose work is sold at fine juried art fairs and events. His beautiful orange hand-tree piece is eye catching and will certainly be a beautiful part of the evening of Oct. 19.
The silent auction also is featuring work from collectors. We will offer a wild zebras piece by California artist YESNIK / Dave Kinsey donated by 1XRun co-owner Jesse Corey; one by Detroit artist Ron Scarbough, donated by collectors David and Linda Whitaker, and by photographer Bill Sanders, donated by Mint cofounders Vickie Elmer and Mark Loeb. Also look for many pieces by Mint Artists and alumni featured in an earlier post.
If you want one of these pieces, or you want to be part of the creative future of Detroit, buy your tickets today to our art-filled party on Oct. 19.
Our silent auction features certainly work by well established artists including Anthony Brass, Donald Calloway, jeweler Jody Mitchell, Michael Willenborg, Ron Scarbough (donated by David and Linda Whitaker) and photographer Bill Sanders (donated by Vickie Elmer and Mark Loeb). We will share some of their work in a future post or on Facebook.
Guests also will find pieces created by Mint Artists who sold work with us and who worked for us in our Creative Summer Jobs program, including this lovely piece painted over the summer by Bryan Wilson:
We will offer limited edition prints hand printed on rice paper and some other pieces. Buy your ticket now if you want to see them all.
Mint also will recognize Mint alumni Damon FirstBorn Chamblis, who worked for Mint for two summers and is gaining a reputation as an artist who shows up at a wide variety of galleries, one-day art events and fairs. He was part of the Detroit Fine Arts Breakfast Club tent at the Palmer Park Art Fair, after being in the Mint tent there for two years. Here is Damon at a Mint gallery show in 2018:
Damon Chamblis graduated from Henry Ford Academy and dove into art and music making, with support from Mint, his grandmother and others. He is active in the Detroit arts scene and believes in Mint.
Artist Maisha Rahman, who was in the same first Learn and Earn cohort as Damon, decided to study graphic design at Wayne State University. She is a freelance designer as she finishes her bachelor’s degree. She agreed to donate the painting at the top of this post based on her gratitude for Mint’s guidance.
Mint helped both Damon and Maisha develop business skills and confidence. Open the doors for more young artists to grow with Mint by buying your Mint Masterpieces tickets today. And then be sure to bid on this adorable piece that Damon FirstBorn created while working for Mint Artists Guild:
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.
Summertime seems better and more beautiful with a trip to Belle Isle. And Belle Isle State Park on a weekend with 100 artists, plus food trucks, tropical drinks and more, sounds like a slice of heaven.
So mark your calendar for Aug. 3 and 4 for the Belle Isle Art Fair, produced by our long-time supporter Integrity Shows. (Mark Loeb, Integrity’s president and founder, is also a co-founder of Mint Artists Guild.)
Our beautiful party with a purpose moves closer to our home this year. Judge Deborah Geraldine Bledsoe Ford and attorney Jerome Watson will open their art-filled Palmer Woods home to guests on the evening of Saturday, Oct. 19. Tickets are now on sale to Mint Masterpieces II.
Their collection is expansive and eclectic, featuring a number of pieces by internationally known artists Romare Bearden, Olumide Oresegun, Huey Lee Smith and others. Detroit artist also grace many walls and doors, with Henry T. Heading a particular favorite. Their daughter Alana’s art; Judge Ford’s paintings and Mint alumni Ackeem Salmon’s mixed media pieces also are well represented.
Tickets are available for Mint Masterpieces for $150 for VIPs and $100 for patrons. VIP guests enjoy early entry, a tour and a special gift. Everyone enjoys live music, a wonderful eclectic art collection, fine food and surprises. Our secure site allows you to buy tickets now and support Mint’s continued growth.
Judge Ford has always created creative pieces, from crochet to floral arrangements to cake decorating. She started painting almost two years ago and shows her paintings at the Detroit Fine Arts Breakfast Club.
Her husband is a serious collector who started buying at art fairs and while on vacation. While in Sausalito years ago with his then girlfriend Debbie, Jerome Watson found and purchased their first piece together from a Russian artist. She saw promise that they liked some of the same art; the piece now hangs in their stairway.
“My goal is to have the best eclectic art collection in the world,” said Judge Ford.
Mint Masterpieces is sponsored by Blossoms, with support from Eric’s I’ve Been Framed Shop, Sherwood Forest Gallery and the Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency. More corporate and business sponsors are welcome.
Today we introduce you to two newcomers to Mint Artists Guild and one artist, who at 16, is a seasoned pro.
Eleanor Aro joined Mint in 2017, and has been going and growing ever since then. She attends Western, paints mostly cityscapes in watercolor and acrylics. Her work has sold at a the Detroit Artists Market gala and many fairs.
Journey Shamily joined Mint last fall, and has been at a couple of Mint pop ups with us with her digital art. Home schooled, Journey mainly likes to depict women.
Kamiri Williams is new to Mint, and is a digital artist who likes cartooning and showing. She attends Arts Academy in the Woods and this is her first fine art fair.
These three are our third trio of artists featured in the blog previewing the Palmer Park Art Fair. Read about Trinity, Anne and Alexis in this post and about our second trio of artists, all from Cass Tech. And most importantly, come by and buy from all the artists June 1 or 2 in Palmer Park.
These three Mint Artists all attend Cass Technical High School – and yet they got to know each other through Mint. All three will be in our group tent June 1 and 2 at the Palmer Park Art Fair.
Dawāyna Banks draws and works in digital arts, often showing people, in love or in other emotions. Dawāyna is heading to Michigan State University in the fall, and plans a career as an animator or graphic designer.
Prince Matthews creates appealing abstract paintings using acrylics, alcohol, salt and other tools. Quiet and hard working, Prince recently had his work in the professional show All Together Now, and was introduced to the curator by Mint.
De’Shaia Ventour works magic with duct tape, creating flower pens, accessories – and original art canvases. Smiling and organized, De’Shaia has an entrepreneurial approach to art, and she recently joined the Mint board of directors.
Read about the first three artists featured in this post. And watch for more posts about the rest of our 13 Mint Learn and Earn artists who will have such a wide variety of work for sale June 1 and 2 at the Palmer Park Art Fair.
We are less than a month away from the Palmer Park Art Fair on June 1 and 2. And all our artists are working diligently to create work, plan their displays and prepare to show and sell their work during the juried boutique art fair
Anne Kinney is new to Mint, and she paints beautiful florals using water color, and sometimes pastels, charcoal or other mediums. She attends Clawson High School and has been an active volunteer, helping out at craft shows and more.
Alexis Wright attends Cass Technical High School and intends to go to Wayne State University in the fall. She works in digital art and acrylic painting. Alexis created the popular marbled paper at our youth-led art workshops.
These three artists and another 10 are working hard to prepare for their first fine art fair, or in Trinity’s case her 10th plus. So please meet them in person and support their creative entrepreneurship on June 1 or 2!