This Friday, April 1, kicks off the first of three wonderfully artistic “First Friday” events at The Mint Museum UPTOWN. Membership coordinator of The Mint Museum UPTOWN, April Young, took a few minutes to talk with qnotes and fill us in on all the upcoming fun:

First Friday is a monthly series happening the first Friday of every month from 6:00-9:00 p.m. It’s a great opportunity to see the Mint all lit up at night and a wonderful way to kick-off your weekend. Each First Friday has live music, a cash bar and, of course, art! The galleries are open until 9 pm and we have docent-led tours running every half hour starting at 6:30. We also have sketch packs available for those that get inspired with what they see on display. Guests can take the sketch packs right into any of our galleries, sit on a bench and get creative. In addition to live music, we generally have artist demonstrations, hands-on activities or fun learning experiences, as anything from improv lessons to chocolate and champagne tastings. Basically, First Friday is like a big gallery crawl all wrapped up into one building! We are so lucky to be a part of Levine Center for the Arts and we have fantastic neighbors, so we’re hoping we can inspire people to come and experience art Uptown, just like they would in NoDa or SouthEnd.

We’ve been hosting First Fridays monthly since we’ve opened our Uptown location in October. It’s different from your “average” day at the Mint in that you can enjoy an amazing party in addition to the amazing artwork. You can grab a beer or a glass of wine, look out at the city lights and mingle with friends. If you’re hungry, you can drop into Halcyon and grab a bite to eat, so you can really make a whole night of it. First Friday is also the price of general admission (Free for members, $10 for non-members), so you can experience all of this without paying any more than you would any other day.

This upcoming First Friday, on April 1, we’ll be celebrating the opening of the special exhibition Attitude and Alchemy: The Metalwork of Gary Lee Noffke. The exhibition will be on display at the Mint Museum Uptown through 11 September 2011. We’ll be paying homage to the artwork by having a Do-It-Yourself studio featuring Surface Design and henna tattoos. The live entertainment for that evening will be Mel Jones & His Bag O’ Bones, a rock and blues band that uses everything from trash cans to spoons in their performance.

If you’re interested in purchasing a ticket or would like further information, visit the First Fridays website or contact April Young at 704-337-2034. Visit The Mint Museum website to learn how you can become a member and support the arts. The Mint Museum UPTOWN is located at 500 S. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC, 28202.

Leah Cagle

Leah Cagle is QNotes' former associate editor for arts and entertainment. You can reach editor Matt Comer via or