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. 

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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

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Founders’ Circle members joined nationally recognized artist Jon Kuhn at the newly redesigned Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art for an evening of celebration!

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How do these four Charlotte art collectors do what they do? Go inside their homes – and minds – to see.

Rule 1: It’s personal. Really personal. Rule 2: Yes, it can be about the money, but it often isn’t. Rule 3: Don’t assume “art collectors” buy pieces for the same reasons, using the same standards, through the same avenues. 

In fact, don’t assume they all buy pieces in the first place. (See Pickersgill, Eric.)

To get a peek at art collecting here, writer Mark Leach and photographer Mitchell Kearney asked four Charlotteans to let us into their homes and talk about what they collect, why, how they got started, where they put it all, and what’s been most successful for them – plus what advice they’d offer to people who’d like to get started.




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Worthington, MA in the Berkshires

Stunning scenery, beautiful contemporary craft, and a collegial atmosphere combined to make this month’s Founders’ Circle  “Heart of the Berkshires” a phenomenal experience. Twenty-one FC members and five colleagues from the Renwick alliance journeyed to western MA to undertake an exciting exploration of glass and clay artists and artistry. This unique trip was expertly curated by Leslie Ferrin and narrated by Mark Leach.

And what a unique experience it was! My name is Deborah Halliday and this is my experience. Photos taken by John Thompson.



Founders’ Circle members came out in force to once again enjoy the Delhom Service League and Caramics Affiliate of the Mint Museum yearly event!

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Similar to last year, this past year’s board’s efforts toward serving you - the Founders’ Circle - have had a good number of successes. It has been a productive year in our continuing rebuilding efforts. Let’s not forget however that there is still a lot to do in building our “community”.