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Monday, March 18, 2019

Spend Meaningful Time Together in Charlotte, North Carolina. Visit the Mint Museum or Other Centers for the Arts and Make Lasting Memories.

Sometimes things like travel and vacations are entirely out of reach for many families financially.  LTD recommends that you make an effort to find things to do with your family.  What do we always wish we had more of? TIME! This is the GREATEST GIFT WE CAN GIVE!


If you want to do something good for yourself and the people you love, a museum is a great experience! Here are 8 reasons why:


  1. Museums are a great source of pleasure
  2. Museums make you smarter
  3. Museums provide an effective way of learning
  4. Museums inspire
  5. Museums help bring change and development to communities
  6. Museums are a great way to spend time with friends and family
  7. Museums need your support in order to keep educating and inspiring people
  8. There is a museum close to you

Recently LTD decided to take a day in Charlotte, North Carolina to enjoy something local:  St. Patrick's day celebrations. a visit to the Mint Museum and visits with some of our most cherished friends.  The thing that we discovered at the end of our day?  Sometimes you don't need to go far away to experience meaningful travel!





Spend Meaningful Time Together in Charlotte, North Carolina. Visit the Mint Museum or Other Centers for the Arts and Make Lasting Memories.



The Mint Museum UPTOWN in Charlotte is showing "Michael Sherrill Retrospective" through April 7, 2019.  We heard so many remarkable reviews about this exhibit, that we were inspired to share time together nearby.  The son of an inventor & motorcycle racer and warrior princess homemaker, Michael Sherrill has lived in the western North Carolina mountains since 1974. At a young age, he became a studio artist with ultimately a focus on ceramic sculpture & incorporating bronze & glass. He is also the creator of Mudtools, a small business that provides artists with tools that bring them outside of the traditional artistic process.


From early vases, to his mid career teapots, and ending with his work in clay, bronze and glass, the exhibit is exhilarating.



Spend Meaningful Time Together in Charlotte, North Carolina. Visit the Mint Museum or Other Centers for the Arts and Make Lasting Memories. Spend Meaningful Time Together in Charlotte, North Carolina. Visit the Mint Museum or Other Centers for the Arts and Make Lasting Memories.

Spend Meaningful Time Together in Charlotte, North Carolina. Visit the Mint Museum or Other Centers for the Arts and Make Lasting Memories.

Peppered with videos throughout the exhibit, you will come to understand Michael Sherrill's creative evolution and inspiration from the beauty of the Southern Landscape.


Spend Meaningful Time Together in Charlotte, North Carolina. Visit the Mint Museum or Other Centers for the Arts and Make Lasting Memories.

Spend Meaningful Time Together in Charlotte, North Carolina. Visit the Mint Museum or Other Centers for the Arts and Make Lasting Memories.



The final leafy branches seen were especially meaningful, not only because they reflect the beautiful North Carolina Landscape and the cycle of life, but also because the most intricate piece will end up in the Smithsonian after the Mint Museum Exhibition.


Spend Meaningful Time Together in Charlotte, North Carolina. Visit the Mint Museum or Other Centers for the Arts and Make Lasting Memories.

While still seeing the St. Patrick's Day festivities in Downtown Charlotte from the windows of the museum, we decided to visit the rest of the museum before heading off to visit with friends.

Spend Meaningful Time Together in Charlotte, North Carolina. Visit the Mint Museum or Other Centers for the Arts and Make Lasting Memories.


Spend Meaningful Time Together in Charlotte, North Carolina. Visit the Mint Museum or Other Centers for the Arts and Make Lasting Memories.

The collection is amazing, ranging from early American Art and Decorative pieces to Modern Art.  How fortunate are those living in Western North Carolina to have the Mint Museum to visit anytime!

Spend Meaningful Time Together in Charlotte, North Carolina. Visit the Mint Museum or Other Centers for the Arts and Make Lasting Memories.

Spend Meaningful Time Together in Charlotte, North Carolina. Visit the Mint Museum or Other Centers for the Arts and Make Lasting Memories.

Spend Meaningful Time Together in Charlotte, North Carolina. Visit the Mint Museum or Other Centers for the Arts and Make Lasting Memories.

Do museum entrance fees seem too expensive for you to visit with your family?  Use your Bank of America Card to gain free entrance to many Museums Nationwide the first weekend of every month in 2019!

We LOVE Museums as you can see by our recent visit to one of our favorite museums, the Frick Collection in Manhattan.  See our visit in the Winter cold in this video:


Remember that any time together with your children makes memories for them.  There is not a closer bond than the child parent relationship, and besides the gift of time, a visit to a museum can be educational too!  


If your child is very young consider art, architecture or nature as a way to stimulate visual and even language development.  Take time to describe the colors and shapes of what you see.  You are really a child's first teacher and take advantage of the opportunity.  At the Mint Museum Uptown, check out ART Packs from the Front Desk and go on an in-depth exploration of a selected artwork in the galleries. Several themes are available. These are designed for children 5+ and their adults to use together.


Spend Meaningful Time Together in Charlotte, North Carolina. Visit the Mint Museum or Other Centers for the Arts and Make Lasting Memories.

The final part of our journey to share TIME was to visit friends who we have not seen in some time.  Especially meaningful was seeing Isaac Luski who is in mourning after the loss of his dear wife Sonia.  During our final visit of the day, not only did we view some fabulous art pieces that are in his private collection, but we also shared memories of longtime friends and a loving marriage that lasted 67 years.  For our next visit with Isaac, he will take us to the SONIA AND ISAAC LUSKI GALLERY at the Foundation for the Carolinas. 

Spend Meaningful Time Together in Charlotte, North Carolina. Visit the Mint Museum or Other Centers for the Arts and Make Lasting Memories.


Spend Meaningful Time Together in Charlotte, North Carolina. Visit the Mint Museum or Other Centers for the Arts and Make Lasting Memories.

A great scarf that reflects your day at a museum always make a great gift or souvenir and will inspire your future travel! Click below to find online! 





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