South Charlotte

Business to host local art show

In the five years that Judy and Andy Horn have operated a FastFrame in Matthews, they've met a number of local artists who came to have something framed.

Sometimes, the customer is an established artist. Other times, Judy Horn is so impressed with the art that she asks where it comes from.

"They'll say, 'I painted it,'" she said. "We kind of discover them."

Horn has long promoted local artists in the custom framing store, displaying everything from pottery to photography by artists from the Matthews, Mint Hill and Union County.

"It gives them a place to show," Horn said. The shop isn't a gallery; artists pay a fee to have a place to show their work.

Next Saturday, Horn will showcase local artists at a sidewalk sale outside her store at 1813-400 Matthews Township Parkway. She'll set up tables and some artists will give demonstrations.

Art will include collage, jewelry, wood works, paper filigree and paintings. Looking for a unique Father's Day gift? This could be a fun place to shop.

The sidewalk sale will be 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. For more information, visit or call 704-845-4017. The store's regular hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

New chairman

Bill Gill, who owns W. H. Gill & Associates/Nationwide Insurance, is the new chairman of the board of directors for Bright Blessings.

Bright Blessings was formerly known a Birthday Blessings. The nonprofit works with babies, children and teenagers who are homeless.

The organization was founded in 2005 in Mint Hill, and now it is expanding to other states. Gill will oversee the organization's growth plan and long-term fundraising.


Paul Ingley, a Realtor with Allen Tate's Rock Hill office, recently earned a S.C. real estate broker license.

The license requires 150 hours of classroom instruction and three years of real estate experience within the past five years with a salesman's license or a comparable degree from an accredited college or university.