A benefit of being a Founders' Circle member is exclusive access to artists and happenings in the arts community! On Saturday, July 28, our members had the opportunity to spend the day in Greenville, SC at Alice Ballard's studio.
The first Founders' Hour event was a great success! Members and their guests met at Gary Rautenstrauch and Deborah Halliday's home in SouthPark for 90 minutes of good wine, good conversation and a little good, old fashioned competition.
Annie Carlano, Senior Curator of Craft, Design & Fashion at The Mint Museum, is recently back from New York City where she discovered an abundance of excellent museum and gallery exhibitions happening this summer. Here are Annie's Top 4 Can't Miss Opportunities if you find yourself in the Big Apple over the next few months!
The Board of Directors would like to thank all Founders' Circle members who participated in the 2018 Annual Meeting on Saturday, June 23 at The Mint Museum Uptown (MMU). Following the meeting, members were treated to a detailed explanation of the newly displayed Elizabeth Alexander pieces by Curator Annie Carlano before enjoying the internationally renowned Craft + Design collection on the third floor of MMU.
Several Founders' Circle members traveled to Penland, NC this weekend to visit the Penland School of Crafts. In addition to visiting the galleries and workshops there, members also traveled to visit Shane Fero’s studio.
Several Founders' Circle members traveled to Star, NC this week to visit STARworks Center for Creative Enterprise.
The Founders' Circle Board of Directors is currently looking for members and chairpersons for our Programming Committee and Membership Committee, as well as a Founders' Circle Treasurer. As you can see, we have a lot going on and we need YOU to help us continue to grow our membership and offer relevant, exciting programming.
We are excited to invite you to participate in our inaugural summer soiree, Craft, Crab & Cocktails on June 16 at 6pm on the front lawn of Mint Museum Randolph. You are a part of a valuable group of contributors who help us sustain the work of Founders' Circle, which was begun 21 years ago. This event gives us time to visit with friends old and new, while feeding our soul with the power of craft. The event will also celebrate with both a live auction and silent auction of pieces by skilled craftsmen that will allow you to go home with a new treasure.
Longtime Founders’ Circle member Bill Gorelick opened his home to our members on Saturday, March 3 for refreshments and a tour of his beautiful and varied collection. Members enjoyed hearing Bill and Patti's philosophy on collecting and were able to spend time visiting with fellow members.
Thanks to everyone who joined Founders' Circle and the Young Affiliates of the Mint for the 4th Annual Mint Oyster Roast! We look forward to seeing everyone again next year.
Photo Credit: Nic Bossi