Meet the creative collectors hosting Mint Masterpieces

Meet the hosts of the 2019 Mint Masterpieces. (Photo © Vickie Elmer)

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.

For more stories from these wonderful collectors, art patrons and Mint supporters, subscribe to Mint’s YouTube channel.    And unlike the art in this international collection,  tickets for Mint Masterpieces will disappear quickly – so buy yours today!