Elizabeth Blevins is the Owner/Publisher of Hope Mills Proud.
I’m a member of the U.S. Press Association and the North Carolina press Association. I’ve been a staff member or contributing writer to four regional publications including Up & Coming Weekly and one international magazine. My writing has been featured in 23 national publications. I’ve been blogging since 2005.
My father was a photographer so it was kind of inevitable…especially after he gave me my own camera when I was 10. I started shooting weddings and portraits in 2002. In 2006 I branched out to bigger events and worked almost exclusively for Oklahoma University and Tinker AFB. In 2008 I discovered fine art photography. My photos have been used as CD cover art and in publications like Military.com Today I teach workshops and take a limited number of clients by referral.
I’m a founding member and Executive Director of the Hope Mills Creative Arts Council. We launched in June 2019 and have partnered with dozens of local businesses and organizations to produce some amazing events. In August 2019 we provided the first professional theater event in Hope Mills and in February 2020 we brought art into Town Hall for the first time to celebrate Black History Month. The CAC board works very hard to stay innovative and create both art opportunities for the community, but also learning opportunities.
I’m the Chair of the Hope Mills Historic Preservation Commission. I’ve had a life-long love of history and want very much to document and celebrate our town’s history. To that end, the Commission is steadily working towards opening Hope Mills’ first museum!
As a third generation veteran married to a veteran, I’m very passionate about veteran issues. I’m an active member of the Hope Mills Veteran Affairs Commission (VAC) and work with them to advocate for veterans in our community. Last year the VAC held their first veteran’s Outreach and this year we’re expanding on that event to include resources for the caregivers of our veterans.