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