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Don’t miss out! Awesome art, one evening only

This painting by Hughie Lee Smith is part of the eclectic, international collection of attorney Jerome Watson and Judge Deborah Geraldine Bledsoe Ford.

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 Hughie Lee Smith is part of the eclectic, international collection of attorney Jerome Watson and Judge Deborah Geraldine Bledsoe Ford.

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.

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A beautiful fair on Belle Isle; save the date

The Belle Isle Art Fair pops up for one weekend, Aug. 3 and 4, next to Scott Fountain. (Photo: Mint alumni Omari Norman)

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.)

Mint Artists Guild will be there three times over.

  • Our Learn and Earn artists will show and sell beautiful work: paintings, photographs, jewelry and more.
  • Our Creative Summer Jobs team will lead an arts and crafts project related to gardens.
  • Mint will debut a new greeting card that weekend and will sell cards and prints to support our programs.

So if you cannot face the crowds and hot pavement of Ann Arbor or Wyandotte, come savor a slice of heaven.

Save the date. Mark your calendars. Plan a day with family or friends on Aug. 3 or 4. See you on Belle Isle!

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

Creating a website is easier with talented volunteers. (Photo: MorgueFile )

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 lived in St. Louis, and offered expertise in marketing, WordPress and storytelling.

For a small start-up, we quickly discovered how many pages we could add to tell about our work, our impact, our art. Michelle worked diligently, quickly, smartly, and Vickie, who was preparing for a busy summer, could not keep up.

Next came Jess M., a Detroit who runs a graphic and web design firm called Black Velvet Media. She is finishing the work and helping us fill in and refine the site.  We will continue this over the next few months, and are adding new pages in that time.

“Creating art is a form of self-expression and a great outlet when one is going through tough times,” Jess said. “When I learned that Mint Artist Guild offered programming to develop the creative skills of local Detroit youth, I knew right then that I wanted to support the organization. That’s why I decided to volunteer. The experience youth gain from coming together to make and sell their own art is invaluable.”

Jess also runs a blog called The Creative Armory that inspires creatives to pursue their work and experience music and creativity in and around Detroit.  Her dedication to creative types inspires us.

If you want to be part of Mint’s story, we welcome new volunteers to join us at either our Volunteer Orientation on May 16 or indicate your interest in a volunteer role on VolunteerMatch.   

Until then, we will celebrate our website volunteers Jess and Michelle with much gratitude.

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Giving Tuesday, join us for tea

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Giving Tuesday is a special day, when Americans who have shopped all weekend take time to donate to a worthy cause.  It’s a warm day, and one that encourages generosity and community.

So Mint Artists will spend the afternoon of Nov. 29 – one week from today – at SocraTea in Midtown Detroit, a place that generously gave us an exhibit earlier this year.  We hope to connect with you from 2-5 p.m. – and may give away a few things as well as accept donations.  (If you cannot join us for a cup o tea, you also are welcome to donate online or mail us a check to PO Box 21667 Detroit, MI 48221.)

Mint Artists builds confidence, business and life skills – and community. Our artists become better problem solvers and more engaged and generous citizens, as several of our artists will show.

Please join us for Giving Tuesday – and keep our creative futures engaged and growing.

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Beautiful spaces for meeting places

Mint Artists Guild’s board of directors meets in the most creative and beautiful spaces. In October, we gathered at Art in Motion, a creative shop on Livernois in Detroit.

We almost always have something tasty to eat – donated by board members, or other volunteers. The Mint board is comprised of artists and creatives, entrepreneurs and one emerging artist who has been active in Mint. Current board members include artist Hubert Massey, vice president; attorney Erika Davis, secretary; Walker Miller CFO Cornell Batie, treasurer, and Espacia Marie Fotiu, young artist.

We hope to add two new board members in coming months, one from business and one from the arts. Of course, we’re creatives so draw us a picture of someone else who belongs and we’re sure to be enthusiastic.

The board meets on average every other month and board members are actively engaged in Mint’s growth. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact Vickie Elmer, Mint board president and executive director.  Email: