Guests at Mint Masterpieces on Oct. 19 will savor art that has been collected by our co-hosts Judge Deborah Geraldine Bledsoe Ford and attorney Jerome Watson. And they will be able to bid on and take home some art created by Mint Artists as well.
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: