Mint Hill Arts is proud to announce that after a two year hiatus due to the pandemic, we have installed a new exhibit, “Portraits,” in the downstairs gallery at the Mint Hill Town Hall. This exhibit features the work of two talented MHA artists, Martha Faires and Elisabeth Harvey. Their paintings are a mixture of formal portraits and candid views of a moment in time, yet each captures the essence of the subject.
Martha Faires is a Carolina native but has lived in China and Taiwan. She says she loves painting the places, people, and things that give her joy. She relishes the challenge of putting personality into her portraits of people or animals. Martha constantly sketches people from life as they go about their daily activities which helps her bring more life into her paintings even when she is using photo references. She works predominately in oil, but says she can’t resist pencil, charcoal, pastels, and watercolor.
Martha is an award-winning artist whose work hangs in both private and public collections in Asia and the US. She has taught visual arts and literary arts in a variety of academic and workshop settings for many years. She continues to teach visual arts from her private studio in Charlotte.
Elisabeth W. (Beth) Harvey is a self-taught artist with a passion for painting portraits and the ocean. She has been painting with oils for over 40 years.
An English major in college, she remembers taking a painting class with a professor who was known as a supreme colorist in the Impressionist style. That class revolutionized her life and caused her to fall in love with oil painting.
Since that class many years ago Beth has painted hundreds of paintings, learning a little more with each piece of work.
The exhibit will be up until mid-October. The public is invited to view it any time during the regular business hours at the Town Hall. The gallery is located in the rear of the building.