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Mint Museum Shops offer great finds for mom and dad

April 18, 2012

Support your local museum with gift shopping this Mother's Day and Father's Day

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 18, 2012) – Hunting for a memorable gift for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day this year is easy – just stop at one of the two convenient locations of the Mint Museum Shops for some gorgeous finds: at Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts, 500 South Tryon Street, or at Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road.

“The Charlotte area’s shoppers may sometimes forget how many one-of-a-kind gifts are available at the Mint Museum Shops, and how convenient the two shop locations are,” said Sandy Fisher, Museum Shops Manager. “Shoppers can have the double reward of purchasing gifts their loved ones will appreciate and supporting a treasured local cultural institution.”

Here are some of Fisher’s recommendations for this season’s finds. High-res images of all items are available, and Fisher is available for interviews on request.


For Mom:

Hamilton Williams – Berry Bowl: Nestled in the foothills of the western North Carolina town of Valdese, Hamilton Williams creates a wide range of functional stoneware pieces.  The Berry Bowl has been one of his most popular pieces for both its usability and beauty of design. ($48)

Kathleen Horner – Dogwood flower pins: Horner began as a water color artist in 1980, but her love of flowers and concern for the environment inspired her to start her Flower Sculptures business.  Each flower is sculpted and hand painted with acrylics on extra-heavy watercolor paper (and for an added touch, remind Mom that the dogwood is the state flower of North Carolina!). ($22)

African Paper Beaded Bracelets: These colorful bracelets are made in Uganda by BeadforLife, a nonprofit organization providing women an opportunity to lift their families out of poverty by making these wonderful bracelets out of recycled paper. ($8.50)


For Dad (all items available at Mint Museum Uptown only):

Bryan Parks - Chopstick Bowls: In 2000, Bryan was traveling in China and over lunch started to think about the huge number of disposable chopsticks.  After collecting chopsticks he began to use them to make larger items, and that’s how Chopstick Art was born. Bowls fold for easy storage. ($14.50 to $30)

Davin & Kesler –business card holders and letter openers: Thomas Davin and Mary Kesler have been woodworking together since 1979.  They work out of a 19th century mill overlooking Dorset Mill Pond in Exeter, Rhode Island. ($39.95 to $42)

Steve Noogle – bowls: Noogle received a degree in forestry from Louisiana State University in 1978 and after working as a timber cruiser in the Pacific Northwest, he returned to North Carolina to work in the furniture industry. This led him to find pieces of wood to make his handsome bowls on his family farm in Burke County.  ($110 and up)

Perry Holbrook – boxes: Holbrook is educated as an engineer, but “downsized” to become a full-time craftsman in 2002.  Each piece is hand carved or turned on a lathe and then finished with a colorful glass tile on the lid. ($58 to $85)