Free program offers demonstrations on Sundays throughout October
By Josh Whitener
Every Sunday through the end of October, area residents will be able to participate in free activities at the nonprofit Mint Hill Arts.
The new program, dubbed “Month of Sundays,” will run each Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Mint Hill Arts gallery, 11205 Lawyers Road. Different teachers from the organization will host a unique demonstration each week.
Month of Sundays was organized to give community members the opportunity to learn more about the cultural offerings in Mint Hill, as well as give families a chance to participate in an activity. Those attending also can view the gallery’s current exhibit and browse the gift shop.
Judy Mizell, a Mint Hill Arts teacher and member of the nonprofit’s executive and education committees, spearheaded the program.
“My idea was that we’re trying to get the word out about where we’re located, what we have to offer to the community,” Mizell said. “I thought we’re not usually open on Sundays, but it’s a day when people have a little free time. They may have a little leisure time when they can come by.”
Mizell said the idea is to offer a variety of programs so Month of Sundays could appeal to both adults and children.
For instance, artist Vicki Crossman will host a “Watercolor Fun & Easy” demonstration where she’ll create a painting of a colorful parrot, while Mizell will demonstrate watercolor pouring techniques.
“We both teach watercolor, but our styles are different, so it appeals to a number of different people,” Mizell said.
Mizell hopes the program will not only give Mint Hill Arts some good publicity, but also help the community discover the arts culture in the area.
“The idea behind our whole program at Mint Hill Arts – we’re a nonprofit – we’re trying to reach out to the community to let them know that there is art in Mint Hill and it’s for the entire community,” she said. “I’m looking forward to bringing people in and letting them see our new gallery space, know where our location is (and) show them what we have to offer. I’m excited about that idea. I think we have to get our message out, and that’s the whole idea behind this program.”
Planned events during the Month of Sundays include:
• Oct. 7: Vicki Crossman, who has taught watercolor classes at Mint Hill Arts for several years, will demonstrate her technique, “Watercolor Fun & Easy,” by creating a painting of a colorful parrot.
• Oct. 14: Marta Brown, the nonprofit’s drama teacher, will direct a demonstration on improvisation. “If you are a quick thinker who enjoys making up dialog on the spur of the moment, then you will really love improv,” Brown said in a news release.
• Oct. 21: Teacher Ginny Edelen will host a hands-on demonstration focusing on drawing using three different techniques: drawing by shape, drawing from the imagination and drawing by spatial relationships. These demonstrations will take place on the hour at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Students are encouraged to follow along with paper and a pencil.
• Oct. 28: Judy Mizell, who has taught for four years at Mint Hill Arts and won numerous awards for her watercolor paintings, will demonstrate watercolor pouring techniques. She’ll use different surfaces and materials to show some of the results that can be achieved when painters allow the paint and water to do the work.
For more information, visit www.minthillarts.org or call 980-226-5532.