Mint Virtual Art Fair

Join us for the first-ever virtual emerging artists art fair in Detroit: the Mint Virtual Art Fair. Buy work from seven current artists and alumni, or from Mint itself.  Choose art for yourself, your dad or the new graduate. Decorate your office or your home while you support creative youth who are eager to sell art and pay for college.

The Mint Virtual Art Fair will be live streamed on the Mint Facebook page – see the pinned post that says Virtual Art Fair near the top of our posts. Or go to Mint’s YouTube and the event will show up under Videos and Live Stream. (You may have to pull down or search for it on YouTube
. It’s easier to find on Facebook.) Please join us at 11 am this Saturday.

Preview and purchasethe artists’ work in the Mint Shop.  Artists receive 80 percent of the purchase price, and Mint keeps 20 percent, among the lowest commissions around. The art will be available through Friday night, June 12, though most are one-of-a-kind pieces so when they are purchased, they are gone.

We will share a videotaped version of the Virtual Art Fair afterward, but we hope to see you Saturday morning.

 

Cityscapes by Eleanor Aro will be part of the Virtual Art Fair.
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Art for all: Make more Mint crafts and coloring pages

Free arts and crafts in Palmer Park, summer 2018. (Photo © Vickie Elmer)

Mint Artists Guild believes in crafts – and we offer them to children in Detroit regularly.

Seven times this summer, we hosted a free arts and crafts activities for families and individuals in Palmer Park, with support from the Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency and individual donors. We set up right outside the Mint Studios and children showed up in swimming suits from the Splash Park or after a family outing.

We will offer it at Eastern Market three times – Dec. 1, 8 and 22 – and with the People for Palmer Park at future events. We showed up at Youth Design Day and welcome other opportunities to get creative in the community.

Often these events include coloring pages created by Mint Artists.  One of our newest beauties is called “Rabbit feast” and it was created by Mint Summer worker Jessica:

We create these to engage children in art and creativity and to show off ours.  We know that creativity and art inspires altruism, creative problem solving – and youth to stay in school.

You can help us create more free art opportunities. Here’s three ways:

  1. Invite us to your event. We will bring coloring pages and /or crafts, for children or adults. Cost starts at $37 an hour, three hour minimum, to bring  in two emerging artists.  Please be in touch at least two weeks before the event or conference.

2. Download a coloring page You may use our Rabbit feast coloring page or else our Ladybug Coloring page. Please print seven copies or fewer for free, our gift to you. If you need more than that, please donate $25 or more to Mint first!

3. Underwrite a new coloring page by Mint Artists. This support gives youth work – and gives your company visibility. Imagine your company name at creative events and arts and crafts throughout 2020. This sponsorship starts at $375 for an independent business with one location. Please contact us if you are interested. (We have other business sponsorship opportunities too.)

We love getting creative with our emerging artists and children as young as 2, and hope you will come along as we give more coloring and craft opportunities throughout Detroit next year!

If you want to talk to us about any of these, please stop by and see us on Friday at the TechTown Detroit pop up from 11-3. Or drop us a line and we will schedule a conversation. We will even bring along a coloring page and crayons!

Mint Masterpieces

Artists, art collectors, patrons and gallery owners all show up at Mint Masterpieces, this first one at the home of Linda and David Whitaker. (Photo: Charlene Uresy)

Our second art-full gala moves to Palmer Woods, where a judge who is an artist and an attorney who is a serious collector will host our party with a purpose on Oct. 19. This beautiful event features fine wine and food, fabulous music by jazz guitarist A. Spencer Barefield and violinist Jannina North, lots of art – and some surprises. Our silent auction gives guests the opportunity to take home art by professional artists and our emerging artists.

Mint Masterpieces supports Mint Artists Guild’s growth, and creates more opportunities for youth in Detroit. A limited number of tickets are available now; buy yours today: http://bit.ly/mintgala

Learn more about our hosts in this blog post and video, and watch for updates on our blog and social media.

Mint Masterpieces is sponsored by Blossoms, DET Property Management, Eric’s I’ve Been Framed Shop, Integrity Shows, Sherwood Forest Gallery – and soon other caring businesses.

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Fun, free arts and crafts in Palmer Park this summer

Mint’s free arts and crafts takes place near the Palmer Park Community House.  (Photo: Vickie Elmer for Mint Artists Guild)

Come get creative with Mint this summer.

We are expanding our free arts and crafts pop ups to seven weeks in Palmer Park this year, from three times in 2018.

Arts and crafts will be held on Wednesdays, from 4 to 6 pm, outside the Palmer Park Community House, and right next to the popular Splash Park play area. The first one is July 10. See our Facebook events for details; please invite your friends and neighbors too.

This growth is thanks to the generosity of Blossoms, a full service florist with locations in Midtown Detroit and Birmingham, and a grant from Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency.

if you wish to volunteer with us at one of these, or donate art supplies, please contact us! See you one Wednesday soon.

Palmer Park Art Fair

This annual boutique art fair in a beautiful Detroit park off Woodward Avenue features a large tent full of Mint Artists. This year around 12 artists will sell a wide variety of handmade, creative work:  original paintings in watercolor and acrylic, clay tiles, duct tape flowers, felted animals, photographs and more. It is our largest group of Mint Artists showing and selling their work in one place all year!

The art fair hours are Saturday, June 1 from 10 -7 and Sunday, June 2 from 11-5

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Second trio of Mint Artists attend Cass Tech; that’s where similarity ends

© Prince Matthews

© Dawāyna. Banks

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.

They are:

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.

© De’Shaia Ventour

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At Mint Artists Guild workshops, we teach creatives entrepreneurial skills – with artists and business people sharing expertise. And we empower our teen artists so in 2016, we added a “teens teaching teens” segment. Here, Damon Thomas AKA First Born shares some lessons he learned at the art fairs with Mint. 

Apply to Mint’s Learn & Earn program for 2017 by Jan. 23 and those who are selected may be invited to show and sell their work at the Palmer Park ART Fair in May. Apply online today!

 (Photo © Vickie Elmer)

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Mint Artists Guild members stuck it out by being all bundled up during the Palmer Park Art Fair. Yes, we saw the snowflakes. Our next event is sure to be warmer:  It’s June 5 at Shed 5 Sundays at Eastern Market. 

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Mint alumni Ackeem Salmon is on the path to success. He already has had corporate commissions and will have an exhibit at The Charles H. Wright gallery in August. This weekend, Ackeem will be back at the Palmer Park ART Fair – right next to Mint in his own tent!

Visit Mint’s 15 artists on Saturday or Sunday –  then stop in on our first alumni to join us in a beautiful Detroit park.