MINT Gallery is a 501(c)3 non-profit community oriented art gallery located at 145 B Sampson Street in Atlanta, GA's Old Fourth Ward. Behind the Irwin Street Market, look for the orange door.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

What have we been up to lately?

Mike's been waxing nostalgic:

Postcards from Atlanta Galleries We Miss from BURNAWAY on Vimeo.



Erica's been planning a mentorship program:


And we've all been planning our 6th Annual Postcard Pinup Show. Everyone is invited to participate! Email erica@mintatl.org for more info.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

supra+natura, Saturday 7 to 10pm

supra + natura presents six mini-installations that directly explore or allude to the supernatural in the most open sense of the term. Curator, Rebecca Hanna, wanted to open the conversation to include the idea that the supernatural may be 'part of a larger nature'.

According to this view, held by process theorists, "supernatural" is not merely attributed to magic or religious experience, nor does it imply that a mystery is infinitely unsolvable. Instead, the term is applied to parts of nature that modern science and philosophy do not yet properly understand. The artists were asked to consider what is supernatural in their lives and how they reconcile the parts of human experience that are unexplainable and mysterious.

The artists are:

Truett Dietz (http://fetusmeatus.blogspot.com/)
Mike Germon (http://www.threeblindmikes.com/)
Jennifer Morris
Jim O'Donnell (http://jamesodonnellart.com/web.htm)
Sarah Shipman (http://www.sarahshipman.com/)
Caroline Worth

Friday, September 9, 2011

Trashwater Tee Breakout happening tomorrow

Trashwater has partnered with Fallen Arrows and several of Atlanta's finest artists including Joe Tsambiras, Ash Lethal, Travis Smith, Catlanta and many more tTrashwatero create a new line of tees. We're proud to host the launch event to help them raise money for future clean water initiatives.

The amazing Book Club and The Viking Progress will be performing live and Good Food Truck will be serving up Poodles and other delicious treats. One of their sponsors Pabst will be making sure we don't run out of PBR's. So, come out, see their new shirts, meet the artists, enjoy some fabulous music, food, and $2 PBR's and support Trashwater's efforts to provide innovative clean water solutions in developing nations.

Their tees are printed on American Apparel shirts and will be available for purchase online at trashwater.org after the event. All proceeds go to their work in Nicaragua and Egypt.

This will also be the last weekend to check out "Informaladies" by Emily Maxwell. We hope to see you there!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Tonight! "Informaladies" opens at 8pm


We're thrilled to be presenting Emily in a solo exhibit at MINT. Her support of and participation in past MINT events has been invaluable and we're honored to work with her again.

From the artist:

"As a body of work, Informaladies is, by-and-large, me-centric, addressing the specific comforts, fears, pleasures and questions I derive from everyday life. Weaving together bland observations, aspects of popular culture, family lore, and matters of personal health, Informaladies functions as a formerly private personal lexicon now laid bare. One may assume that by sharing my specific narrative I presume it to be exceptional. This is not the case. Rather, in exploring my own ordinariness and putting my concerns under the microscope, I hope to initiate a more general discussion about self-scrutiny and why we love what we love. While my interests and obsessions are my own, the need for them and the pleasure derived from them is perhaps something more universal. I don't claim to be the first person to have loved a song, to have wrestled with vice, or to have had an alarming dream. Instead, I seek to address these common themes in my own way, embrace the clich├ęs inherent to them, and personally invite the viewer to do the same."

The exhibit will run through Sunday, September 11th.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Fundraiser at WonderRoot - Saturday, July 30th

MINT has been a totally volunteer run organization for over 5 years. We've worked with more than 200 artists, hosted upwards of 60 exhibits and partnered with numerous organizations such as BurnAway, Flux Projects, and Young Blood Gallery and Boutique, and we've recently launched a mentorship program that will allow 3 emerging artists to develop their creative voices.

We've been lucky to garner immense support from so many members of the community but sometimes we need to raise just a little more cash.

So, we're busy gearing up for our annual fundraiser at the WonderRoot Community Art Center. As always, we've got art for sale via silent auction for the month of July. Then, on July 30th, we'll host musical performances from Shepherds, The N.E.C. and The Clap in addition to a photobooth.

All proceeds go towards organizational and programming expenses. We hope to see you there!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Art Through Resistance tonight!

Art Through Resistance is a group show curated and hosted by MINT and Georgia Students for Public Higher Education (GSPHE). Through this show, we hope to highlight the devastating effect of budget cuts on students, workers, immigrants, and artists that are sweeping our city, state and nation. It seems as though whenever there is economic turmoil, those that ...can afford it the least end up bearing the burden. But across the world, people are fighting back. Here in Atlanta there has been a constant struggle against the budget cuts, from students fighting against the direct attack on public education to artists resisting the defunding of arts program in our city.

Opening tonight from 7 to 11pm. Stop by, see the work and have a drink. See you soon!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Horrible Adorable opens tomorrow

Horrible Adorable, a joint exhibit from local artists Olive lynch and Travis Knowles, shows two approaches to dealing with the gap between truth and perception. Lynch, through a series of framed prints and installations, shows her views on the 'tumourous failure' of art to communicate intention: "Definitions and concepts compound upon themselves until they are so complex that they lose relevance to the audience-but still retain traces of the idea. I can only trace the outlines. But there is something mystical in the impenetrable: like darling, malformed, monstrous children."

Knowles uses contrastingly dark, and vibrantly colorful paintings, as well as large wooden sculptures to show these gaps through the lens of the supernatural. "Whether through ancient creation myth or modern day superstitions, humanity is constantly trying to explain gaps in knowledge and understanding with fantastical creatures and grandiose situations. I try to access the same humanity that caused our ancestors to name constellations after gods and create rituals in fear of angering local animal spirits. I assign Spirits to humerus bones and make colorful Mystic priests out of newborn babies."

Lynch, an Atlanta transplant, graduated from Georgia State in 2011 with a B.F.A in printmaking and currently works as a graphic artist. She uses a variety of mediums for this exhibit, but focuses on printmaking and painting. She has most recently exhibited in the Georgia State "Spring BFA Exhibition." More info can be found on her website (www.olivelynch.com)

Knowles studied at the Atlanta College of Art and graduated in 2006 with a degree in Painting. He currently freelances as a painter and artist and is active in the Atlanta music scene. More info can be found on his website (traviseldon.blogspot.com)

For a preview of the show, click here.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Orderly Disorder tonight at MINT


FREE/ DONATIONS WELCOME ($3 or zine)

STARTS AT 7:30 OVER AT 11 PM SHARP!!!

Come support the Atlanta Zine Library and touring zinesters! 5 zinesters, as part of the Orderly Disorder Librarian Zinester reading tour, will read from their work, plus local readers Ian Deaton and Erin Basset, and finally El Fossil, Savant and Jonathan are playing!!!
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These readers are touring from New Orleans to Milwaukee, so let's show them a good time in Atlanta!! Zinesters include Jenna Freedman (Lower East Side Librarian and Barnard Zine Collection); Jami Sailor (Your Secretary and Archiving the Underground); John Stevens (Dilettantes and Heartless Manipulators and Blue Floral Gusset); Celia Perez (I Dreamed I Was Assertive and Atlas of Childhood); and Debbie Rasmussen, former publisher of Bitch: Feminist Response to Popular Culture, with her latest project the Fly Away Zine Mobile.

$3 or zine suggested donation, but no one turned away for lack of funds! Donations go to fund the library (more zines!) and the tour.

*Atlanta Zine Library opening in late July at Cornbred gallery.

www.bigblonderecords.wordpress.com/library
atlantazinelibrary@gmail.com

http://zinemobile.wordpress.com/orderly-disorder-zinester-librarians-in-circulation-tour/press-release/

http://www.mintatl.org/
http://www.cornbredgallery.com/

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Dance Truck with Noelle Stiles on June 25th

SAVE THE DATE: JUNE 25, 2011
8:30pm

MINT Gallery and Dance Truck
team up to present
Portland dancemaker Noelle Stiles!
...

Noelle Stiles makes her debut in the SE at MINT Gallery, with a multi-media performance designed for Dance Truck.


++++BONUS++++

Noelle Stiles and Blake Beckham (both alumnae of The Ohio State University) will reunite on the Dance Truck stage for a very special performance for us.


AND...

Catch a preview of Blake Beckham's PLOT, which can be experienced in its entirety July 28-31 at The Goat Farm.
www.bdancing.com

Noelle is interested in how and where experience is held in the body. This interest provides a framework for extracting the corporeal language that both intimately connects and individuates us. Noelle has been working in the field of dance for over 15 years as a performer, choreographer, administrator and teacher. She has a BFA and MFA in dance. Her work has been supported by Caldera's Artist Residency program, the Regional Arts and Culture Council, the Schlesinger Fellowship, a Wexner Center for the Arts Assistantship and most recently she was selected by PICA and the NDP to travel to the Dublin Dance Festival as part of their pilot international exchange program. She has taught at The Ohio State University, the Governor’s School of North Carolina and co-founded the dance class series Heavy Rotation with Kathleen Keogh of Woolly Mammoth Comes to Dinner. She has performed and presented work at venues such as the PICA T:BA Festival, On The Boards, PWNW, Dance New Amsterdam and Links Hall. Thank you Dance Truck and MINT.
www.noellestiles.com

Saturday, June 11, 2011

"Doomsday" is tonight!


Doomsday will let us enter the minds of artists Allen Taylor and Josh Feigert. Both, connected by their love of music, will present a visual interpretation of chaotic harmony.

In his own words Josh introduces himself as "punk rock moonshine. schizophrenic dude drawing maps of every face in the world overlapping. trainyards. William S. Burroughs basement. haunted by capitalism imposed paranoia. just to feel real for a while. He does it for the kids, his kid. He draws because he can."

Allen explains to us that the drawings in Doomsday are his reactions to the inevitable creeping void into nothingness. They are the love letters to the apocalypse, cave paintings from the rapture, his view of a personal utopia, an ideal way to spend his life, and greet the end of the world.

The exhibit will run through July 3.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Leap Year applications are up!

Leap Year, facilitated by MINT, is a year long, emerging artist mentorship program that utilizes the established talent and organic connectivity of the Atlanta artistic community. Three selected artists will have the opportunity to participate in a program of development with resources culled from numerous organizations and individuals active in Georgia. Leap Year's goals are to provide space and support for emerging artists to be more thoughtful about their work and creative careers, to foster partnerships and community between various arts organizations, to create a more sustainable arts economy, and to nurture a generous artistic spirit within Atlanta.

MINT developed this collaborative effort as an extension of their mission to offer exhibition space, curatorial opportunities and other resources to artists. Leap Year will not only provide three emerging artists with timely monetary and interpersonal support, it will also help them understand how to move forward as creative individuals. Participants will be paired with two different mentors, receive free memberships to many arts related organizations in the Atlanta area, and will be able to participate in a series of workshops and discussion groups specifically tailored to their medium, background and needs. They will also receive a small stipend to be used for supplies, free studio space and opportunities for community service and public art installations. At the end of the program, the three artists will have a group exhibition to showcase their new body of work.

Preference will be given to applicants who:
1. Are not currently enrolled in a college or university
2. Have minimal solo exhibition experience
3. Have demonstrated a commitment to Atlanta's art community and can list examples
4. Are willing to remain in Georgia for the duration of Leap Year
5. Ability to commit to 2 to 5 hours per week to Leap Year programming
6. Have minimal published arts criticism
7. Have received minimal grant/private funding

To apply, visit http://mintatl.org/leapyear and download the application instructions.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

"Leaving Dakota" this Saturday, May 21st from 2 to 6pm

Indie Photographer and author of Armed America, Kyle Cassidy (www.kylecassidy.com) is re-inventing the art show with his newest masterpiece, Leaving Dakota, a collection of 4 x 6 photos packed up and sent round the world on a tour unlike any other. Leaving Dakota tells the story of young woman sucked into a mysterious world of occult and murder, but there is a catch: Kyle has left the photos un-numbered, thus leaving the linear... stream of the story up to the audience. Change the order you view it and you change the story. Will the heroine escape or does she remain trapped in her world of gray skies and mystery?

Beginning in San Diego in Dec 2010 folks across the country have hosted Cassidy’s work in any way that they could dream from traditional gallery settings,to bars, office spaces,and even one person’s garage. Now it is Atlanta’s turn to host this truly unique experience before Leaving Dakota travels across the pond to stops in Europe and beyond.

Bang! Arts Promotions and Management’s intern extraordinaire, Lena Kotler will take on the Atlanta stop of Leaving Dakota’s worldwide tour at MINT Gallery in conjunction with their Exquisite Corpse exhibition for a surrealist tea party extravaganza. To help with this endeavor we’ve invted special guests Cafe Campesino and their wonderful organic creations, along with the stunning body art of Stephanie Anderson (Neon Body Armor) who will paint living statues live during the event, all to to the music of, George Wallace from local Atlanta favorite “A Fight To The Death” with special guest Ben Holst!

For one brief day, audiences will be invited into a world where linear story-telling is left behind and life becomes a “Choose-Your-Own-Adventure” fantasy.

What story will you tell?

Bang Arts Management and Promotions: www.bangarts.com
Anne Almasy: www.annealmasy.com
Neon Body Armor: www.neonbodyarmor.com
A Fight To The Death: http://www.facebook.com/afighttothedeath
Leaving Dakota Online: http://www.kylecassidy.com/projects/dakota/index.html

SUGGESTED DONATION $3-$5
PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT MINT

****Special Note: it's a tea party so proper attire is encouraged! Gloves! Hats! and that party dress you only ever got to wear once!*****

Sunday, May 8, 2011

"Exquisite" opens on Friday, May 13th


"Le cadavre exquis boira le vin nouveau."

In this group exhibit, loosely based on the surrealist “exquisite corpse” technique, seven local artists will contribute elements to be composed into collaborative figurative arrangements. Curated by MINT's Gallery Manager, Mike Germon, “Exquisite” will allow each participating artist to explore physicality and the living form using diverse mediums from video to embroidery. Contributing artists, chosen specifically for their background and technique, include Romy Maloon, Nikita Gale, Baxter Crane, Bean Summer, Aubrey Longley-Cook, Ashley Anderson, and Dorothy Stucki.

Friday, April 22, 2011

This Saturday! Amateur Beatboxing Battle Royale: Winner Take All!

Bland Hack Pictures is hosting Atlanta's first-ever comedy-infused beatboxing competition at MINT Gallery to celebrate the premiere of their latest hilarious sketch!

Aspiring beatboxers will get the chance to compete for prizes and the honor of being among Atlanta’s best vocal percussionists.

Admission is FREE!
Music by DJ Bamboozle
Eats by Good Food Truck
Plus, the world premiere of Bland Hack Pictures' latest hilarious sketch -- "The History of Beatboxing!"

SIGN UP to enter the competition by emailing beatboxatl@gmail.com
Slots are LIMITED!

Whether you’re a beatboxing aficionado or just enjoy seeing friends give their best impression of that guy from “Police Academy,” this is one evening you don’t want to miss!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

So This One Time... opens on Saturday, April 9th

So This One Time...
...a show about awkward situations.

Over the last several months, Katie Coleman and Jane Garver have been collaborating with each other and many other people trying to collect the best stories about “bad” situations. All of the work in their show started with a true conversation or event, because true yet unbelievable stories are the most memorable.

The stories they tell range from the mundane to the ridiculous, often utilizing image and text to blur the lines between storytelling and visual art.

They will turn MINT into a staged home interior to house their strange cast of characters, and to give old stories a new context. To be clear, they are decidedly pro-awkward, highlighting how funny little memories or strange moments can be re-used to make a new shared experience.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Then and Right Fucking Now opens tonight!

Join us on Friday March 1st for an evening with Chuck McCarthy. You may know Chuck as the internet thinker responsible for www.ideasbychuck.com or the artist behind www.drawnika.com. In this one night event, McCarthy will show "Then and Right Fucking Now", a collection of his drawings and mixed media pieces, in conjunction with the launch of our Kitchen Annex.

8 to 11pm. See you there.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Bingo! On March 26th from 3 to 6pm

Please join us for our first ever Bingo fundraiser on Saturday, March 26th from 3 to 6pm.

We'll have one of a kind, handmade cards from local artists for sale for $5 each along with snacks, drinks, music and art.

Prizes include donations from our generous sponsors like Young Blood, WonderRoot, Only You Tattoo and more!

MINT can only survive with your support and encouragement so come help us out!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Spirit Animals opens on March 12th

A "spirit" or "power animal" is a representation of a creature that represents one's connection to the world, life, the individual's personality traits, or power.

In the shamanic worldview, everyone has power animals or tutelary spirits which empower and protect them from harm, like guardian spirits or angels in the Abrahamic Traditions.

We asked artists throughout Atlanta to submit work inspired by their spirit animal. The exhibit will feature pieces from over 50 artists who work in a variety of mediums.

The night will also include a special vision quest led by The Back Pockets at 10pm.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Call for Artists!

MINT is organizing its first ever BINGO Fundraiser! We invite you to make up to five bingo cards for the event. There are no stipulations for what they look like, except that the cards can be no smaller than 4x6 inches and no larger than 8x10 inches. Feel free to have the playable bingo portion of your card(s) on one side, and your artwork on the other. Of course, submitted cards must be playable and they must follow standard bingo guidelines. You know what we’re talking about: there must be five columns and five rows with “B-I-N-G-O” at the top of the card(s) and the correct, corresponding numbers in each space of each column.

  • Column B contains numbers 1 - 15
  • Column I contains numbers 16 - 30
  • Column N contains numbers 31 - 45
  • Column G contains numbers 46 - 60
  • Column O contains numbers 61 - 75

And, of course, don’t forget the “free” space in the center of the card, or the third row in column “N.”

Here’s the Skinny: The fundraiser will take place between 3 pm and 6 pm on Saturday, March 26, 2011. We will have tables set up inside & possibly outside (depending on the weather) for bingo, light snacks and beverages available at the bar, and a DJ spinning records in the back.

We will be selling cards at the door for $5 a piece starting at 3 pm until we are sold out. To be fair, all cards will be sold at random, so no choosing. Prizes will be provided by local businesses and given to the winners of each bingo round---picture frame, “X,” blackout, you name it.

For donating one to three cards, we’ll give you one free drink at the bar, but, for donating four to five cards, we’ll give you one free drink PLUS a free bingo card to play with or just to take home---though you really don’t want to miss out on the prizes. Trust us.

***Bingo cards MUST be dropped off at MINT before 5 pm on THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2011.*** Also, they should have a label (post it note or something of that nature) on the back with your name, phone number, and email address.

MINT is open every Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm. Feel free to stop by during our hours, or contact us in advance to schedule an appointment.

We are located behind the Irwin Street Market at:

145B Sampson Street

Atlanta, GA 30312

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Brandi Supra, MINT’s Gallery Assistant, at brandi@mintatl.org, or Megan Greer, MINT’s Fundraising/Grant Seeking Coordinator, at megan@mintatl.org. Also, feel free to call MINT at (404) 946-8982.

Thanks a million and we look forward to seeing your face!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Boo Album/Zine Release party tonight!

We are excited to be hosting Boo's debut album release tonight at MINT. From the man himself:

"My album, Spiritual Machines, just "dropped" under my artist's moniker Boo and I'm celebrating with a party. There’s going to be some artwork hanging up, music playing and people dancing, wine being poured and snacks being eaten, all for the sake of enjoyment! This event is open to all sentient beings who like to have fun. So...you should definitely come. Yup yup!

If you’re curious about my work you can go here: www.hooisboo.com

“I’m coming out, I want the world to know, got to let it show…” Miss Diva (aka Diana Ross)"

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

"Coeducation" opens Saturday, February 12

"Coeducation", a joint exhibit from couple Chelsea Raflo and Chris Hamersly, loosely explores the dynamics of living and learning in close contact. The artists describe the process of creating the work for this exhibit as "a study in cooperation and collaboration as well as the simplicity of coexistence. Through working together, we found ourselves learning from each other, either through direct communication or just by way of... proximity and observation."

Raflo, an Atlanta native, graduated from Kenyon College in 2008 with a B.A. in studio art and currently works at Riot Atlanta, a creative post-production studio. She utilizes a variety of mediums in her work but for this exhibit, focuses on drawing and painting. Her work reflects an interest in the junction of the verbal and visual worlds. She has most recently exhibited in the MOCA GA "Movers and Shakers" group show and in a solo exhibit at Carroll Street Cafe. Her animation work has been featured on the IFC Sundance Network. More info can be found on her website (www.chelsearaflo.com).

Hamersly studied photography at Georgia State University and currently works as a screen printer at Danger Press. He works primarily in pen and ink. Past exhibitions include a solo exhibit at San Francisco Coffee Roasters and group shows at 11:11 Teahouse, MINT and MJQ.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

We're iced out

Due to the dangerous driving conditions, the gallery will not be open today, the 12th or tomorrow, the 13th. If the weather clears up, we will be open this Sunday, the 16th from 12 to 5pm. Stay safe and warm!

Monday, January 10, 2011

New hours!

Hi all,

We're happy to announce new gallery hours for the new year. We will now be open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 12 to 5pm and all other days by appointment. We hope to see you soon!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

AstroPop on Saturday, January 8th

Jon Adelung, born in El Paso Texas in 1979, is inspired by the wonders of the never-ending universe of cartoons, science fiction and movies. Much of his inspiration comes from old cartoon pop artists Peter Max and Heinz Edelman. He is also influenced by artists such as Bob Ross, Andy Warhol, and Jean- Michele Basquiat. AstroPop is the culmination of years of constant painting, drawing and creating a world that is vast and full of life.

Jon's work has been exhibited at the Bridge Center of Contemporary Art, Lola Art Gallery,The Hive Gallery and more. His work was also featured in Zombieland, a film shot in and around Atlanta.