Arko + Owl

Constellation CLT logo

Constellation CLT is a new museum-wide project designed to connect visitors to The Mint Museum with the universe of talent in the local community.

Each year, the work of three different artists from the Charlotte region will be featured in three of Mint Museum Uptown’s public spaces, allowing the public to become familiar with the city’s diverse, every-expanding creative community. Here, you will find a list of artists who have participated in Constellation CLT thus far, as well as an interactive map populated with markers associated with each of the artists, such as their studio location, where they may have works of art on view, and perhaps noteworthy past or future projects. You’ll also discover ways to connect with the artists on social media so that you can see more of their work. Enjoy!

Constellation CLT is generously supported by The Arts & Science Council.

ARKO + OWL

December 30, 2018 – January 5, 2019
Mint Museum Uptown

Follow them on Instagram: @arko83art + @owl.clt

Read our blog post about Arko + Owl!

The inaugural exhibiting artists are Arko + Owl, a powerhouse duo who have won notoriety around Charlotte for their street art style and their community-minded approach. Recently, they have been active members of Southern Tiger Collective, a growing corps of street artists based in Charlotte’s NoDa community whose mission is to enhance public spaces with painted murals and elevate Charlotte’s creative class.

They have created a site-specific mural just inside the front entrance of Mint Museum Uptown; look for more of their work at the base of the escalator in the Morrison Atrium; travel up to the Level 2 landing for more; and find still more up on the Level 4 landing.

The completion of their work coincides with the launch of Talking Walls, a city-wide mural festival recognizing local, national, and international artists, October 10-13. Find out more about the festival and Owl + Arko at TalkingWallsCharlotte.com; the Mint is proud to be a festival partner and site.

Arko + Owl at Mint Museum Uptown

Use hashtag #constellationCLT to be part of the feed!

Where to find them in Charlotte:

CURRENT MURALS

Common Market South End
235 W Tremont Ave, Charlotte, NC 28203
(Arko + Owl)

Wooden Robot Brewry
1440 S Tryon St #110, Charlotte, NC 28203
(Owl only)

Spirit Square Entrance Column
345 N College St, Charlotte, NC 28202
(Arko + Owl)

Camp North End Garage Door
1824 Statesville Ave, Charlotte, NC 28206
(Owl rotates every few months)

Camp North End Boiler Room Door
1824 Statesville Ave, Charlotte, NC 28206
(Owl only)

YAFO Plaza Midwood
1331 Central Ave #101, Charlotte, NC 28205
(Owl only)

Crossfit Eternal
7812 Tyner St, Charlotte, NC 28262
(Arko + Owl)

Neighborhood Theater Basement Retail Shops
511 E 36th St, Charlotte, NC 28205
(Arko + Owl)

Trade and Lore
3306 N Davidson St, Charlotte, NC 28205
(Arko + Owl)

OLD MURALS

Southern Tiger Collective
2029 N Davidson St, Charlotte, NC 28205 

Camp North End
1824 Statesville Ave, Charlotte, NC 28206

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Playbill depicting elizabet the queen in her royal attire

It’s Magic Time: The Mint Museum Drama Guild 1954–1979

Mint Museum Randolph Feb 7 2018-Aug 5 2018 / Selected playbills and photographs from The Mint Museum Archives of Drama Guild productions directed by Dorothy Masterson.

Fri, Oct 5, 2018 – Mint Members – Free
Sun, Oct 7, 2018 – General Public

Exhibition Highlights

Playbill depicting elizabet the queen in her royal attire

Playbill for Elizabeth The Queen

Created: 1959

Playbill for Royal Gambit depicting the image of a king from a pack of cards

Playbill for Royal Gambit

Created: 1961

Sleep of Prisoners playbill. Four photos of different men

Playbill for a Sleep of Prisoners

Created: 1965

About The Exhibition

On View | Feb 7 2018-Aug 5 2018

Dorothy Masterson founded The Mint Museum Drama Guild in 1954, and was Artistic Director until retiring in 1979. In the beginning, plays were performed in the Dwelle Gallery. The Golden Circle Theatre (now known as the Van Every Forum) was built during the 1967 building expansion and became the Guild’s permanent performance space.

During Masterson’s tenure, the Drama Guild presented a varied array of classics and dramas that were not typically seen in community theater. She directed most of the plays, and often performed in them as well, as when she portrayed Queen Elizabeth I in Elizabeth the Queen in 1959.

The Drama Guild attracted a variety of onstage and backstage contributors. A few examples include artists Herb Cohen, José Fumero, and Marianne Lieberman, Mint Museum director Robert Schlageter, and author Jan Karon (as Jan Orth). The Golden Circle Theatre was home to actors like Gladys Lavitan, George Gray, Jr., and Robert Pierce, and provided a professional start for others like Leon Rippy and Dean Whitworth.

Masterson was legendary for her introductions of every performance. She would tell the entire story of the play in detail, and then announce with a flourish, “Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s magic time!”

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