Matthews-Mint Hill Arts Notes – 3/21

New exhibit features photos from Matthews, France

MATTHEWS – People can visit the McDowell Arts Center through April 5 to view the new “Matthews on a Line” photography exhibit.

Photos from Sainte Maxime, France, are on display along with photos submitted by Matthews residents as part of the “Matthews on a Line” exhibit at the McDowell Arts Center.

Photos from Sainte Maxime, France, are on display along with photos submitted by Matthews residents as part of the “Matthews on a Line” exhibit at the McDowell Arts Center.

The free and unique art show features photographs from Matthews residents who submitted photos of their favorite places in Matthews. The photos are hung on a “clothesline” and displayed in a casual manner.

The exhibit also features photos from Matthews’s sister city, Sainte Maxime in France. Once the “Matthews on a Line” exhibit closes, the town will send the photos of Matthews to Sainte Maxime to be featured in an exhibit there.

The McDowell Arts Center is open Monday to Friday from 1 to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. Call 704-321-7275 for more information.

The center is located at 123 McDowell St.


Mint Hill Arts announces Volunteer of the Month, student art show

MINT HILL – Marta Brown recently was announced as Mint Hill Arts’ March 2014 Volunteer of the Month.

Brown, a former teacher with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, is the chairperson of the nonprofit’s educational committee and serves on the executive committee. She works to ensure students receive a quality arts education and is responsible for finding teachers who are highly qualified and experienced in their respective field.

“Mint Hill Arts is extremely fortunate to have someone with the background, insight, wisdom, sense of humor and commitment who is willing to serve our organization,” Mary Beth Thomas, who works with Brown on different projects, said in a news release.

Brown was formally recognized on Friday, March 14, during the opening reception for Mint Hill Arts’ annual juried photography show. People can view the show through the end of the month.

Mint Hill Arts also recently issued a call for artists for its sixth annual Student Art Show, which will be held April 11 to 30 at the nonprofit’s gallery. The show is open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade in public, private, charter and home schools, as well as college students and students enrolled in Mint Hill Arts

High school students will vie for prizes – including $100 for first place, $75 for second place, $50 for third place and prizes for honorable mentions – and are allowed to sell their artwork. Kindergarten through eighth-grade students can enter one piece of art for free, high school students can enter two pieces for a $5 fee and college and adult students can enter two pieces for a $10 fee.

Intake for the show is April 4, a Friday, from 4 to 6 p.m. and April 5, a Saturday, from 10 a.m. to noon. The show will open to the public on April 11, a Friday, with an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Awards will be given at 7:30 p.m.

Entry forms and other instructions are available at Call 980-226-5532 for more information.

The Mint Hill Arts gallery is located at 11205 Lawyers Road, suite A.


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Is your artists’ group hosting a special art show or fundraiser? Know of a local artist working on a cool or unique project? Perhaps your band is playing in a local benefit concert, or maybe your theater group is presenting a holiday stage production. No matter what the case, we want to know about it! Send your arts-related news, including details such as times, locations and costs of special events, along with how people can learn more, to josh@matthewsmint


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