Founded in 2015, Mint Artists Guild began as a labor of love for co-founders Linda Buck and Vickie Elmer. Together, they launched the first Mint creative summer jobs program in 2016, and the rest is history. Our board consists of diverse artists, entrepreneurs, and educators who fervently believe in the transformative synergy of creativity and business. New members are admitted annually in November or December, but all board meetings are open to the public. Meetings are held every other month on Tuesdays or Wednesdays evenings, currently on Zoom. Please contact us for more information. Co-founders and board members as of fall 2021:
Artist / Arts Educator – Linda Buck
Writer / Editor & Career Coach – Vickie Elmer
Events Organizer – Mark Loeb
Public Art Artist – Hubert Massey
Vickie Elmer, executive director
Elmer has accelerated Mint’s growth during the pandemic by hiring more youth and engaging more funders. A freelance writer and editor who focuses on careers and business, she co-founded the organization and leads it day to day. She also started the Magic of Art in Palmer Park in 2015 and runs Mity Nice, a social enterprise that hires teens for summer jobs.
Hubert Massey, Vice President
Massey is a revered Detroit artist and muralist. He is the creator of major mosaics, frescos and murals in Detroit, Flint, and elsewhere. He loves working with young people; his son Matthew participated in our 2015 program and he engages in Mint’s education and summer jobs.
James Purrington, secretary
An associate at Dickinson-Wright, he specializes in patents and intellectual property law. He’s a graduate of the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law at Western Michigan University and works from the law firm’s Troy offices. He helped Mint Artists develop an employment agreement (pro bono) and is interested in working with our youth on intellectual property law.
Vianca Romero appreciates deadlines and creates work with pencil, ink, charcoal, acrylic, and digital materials and likes seeing her work go to good causes or her legacy. She worked for the Mint Creative Summer Jobs program in 2020. And she is an 18-year-old artist who attends Oakland Community College, working toward a future in psychology or medicine.
Alexis Bagley, interim president
This 23-year-old artist was born and raised in Detroit. She has created art from a very young age and used her talent in Mint’s Learn and Earn program during her senior year at Cass Tech. She served as a team leader for the Mint Creative Summer Jobs program for the last two virtual years. She loves to travel and creating Afro-futurism in her creative work.
Brian Moore is the director of business development and diversity for Flex Automotive. An engineer by training and management consultant who often works in supplier diversity received the 2020 Corp! Magazine “Diversity Business Leader” Award. He also serves on the Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce board of directors and is co-owner of Massey & Moore Art, with Mint co-founder Hubert Massey. He is leading our corporate sponsorship development initiative.
James Gomez, Treasurer
James Gomez joined Mint as our financial lead at the end of 2017. Gomez is an auditor and accountant with a passion for helping youth. He has worked for a major music and concert company and smaller accounting firms. He was elected Mint’s treasurer in September 2018.
A retired Detroit Public Schools assistant principal, Wilson has worked as a counselor for a housing organization and has volunteered in the community. She is an active art collector. She served as Mint’s board secretary for almost two years.
A retired General Motors marketing professional, Kelly O’Neill is an artist and sculptor whose work is sold at galleries and art fairs. She had a booth across from Mint Artists at the Funky Ferndale Art Fair in 2017 and soon after became a Mint Ambassador. O’Neill has created many Mint videos on our YouTube channel. She is currently the Mint’s marketing director, a volunteer role, and leads the Mint Marketing Working Group.
A retired Detroit Public Schools principal, Linda Whitaker, has a leadership role in the Detroit Fine Arts Breakfast Club. She loves youth and art and she and her husband, David, have one of the best private collections of art in the Detroit. Linda helped Mint create its signature fundraiser Mint Masterpieces, held in a major collector’s home.
Charlene Uresy is an artist known for her colorful clothing and jewelry, her vibrant smile, and her ample use of ancient African symbols on repurposed furniture. She sells her beautiful work, furniture and photographs, in fine art fairs and a few galleries. Charlene often takes photos at art and cultural events around Detroit and shares them on Facebook.