Famed watercolorist to exhibit at arts council

The paintings of Dean Mitchell, an internationally known figurative artist, will be on exhibit at the Burke Arts Council for six weeks from Aug.6 through Sept.13.

The exhibition, titled “Traces of Humanity,” contains more than 30 original works. Among them are watercolors, oils,acrylics, sketches and etchings documenting the artist’s 33-year career.

Mitchell will be present at the opening reception on Friday, Aug.9, and will also participate in a breakfast and gallery talk the next morning,Aug.10.

Mitchell was born 1957, in Pittsburgh, Pa.and reared in Quincy, Fla. He is a graduate of the Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio.Mitchell is well known for his figurative works, landscapes and still lifes. In addition to watercolors, he is accomplished in other mediums, including egg temperas, oils and pastels.

Mitchell has achieved great acclaim for his watercolor paintings, landscapes, portraits and still lifes. Some of his most powerful works portray life in the African American community. He is also known for landscapes of the American south and west.

He’s received the American Watercolor Society Gold Medal, Allied Artist of American Gold Medal in Watercolor and Oil, Thomas Moran Award from the Salmagundi Club in New York and won the Best in Show Award for three straight years at the Mississippi Watercolor Society Grand National Competition.

In 2004 and 2007, he received the Autry National Center Award for Watercolor at the Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and sale.

Mitchell is a member of several professional societies, including the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society.Mit chell has been featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, American Artist, Artist Magazine, Fine Art International and Art News.

Considered one of the most important artists of our time, Mitchell has been compared to Vermeer, Wyeth, Homer and Hopper.

The works of Pete Lupo, wildlife artist and woodcarver of Lenoir,will also grace the gallery. Lupo is more than a wood carver, he's a true artist and sculptor of life.His connection to nature and the lessons learned from it are reflected in all his work.

To view the works of Mitchell and Lupo, visit the Burke Arts Council at 115 East Meeting Street in downtown Morganton. Gallery hours are Monday
through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The opening reception takes place from 5-7 p.m.on Aug.9, followed by the breakfast and gallery talk the next morning at 10:30 a.m.

Seats are limited for the morning event, so interested parties are asked to call the Burke Arts Council at 828-433-7282 to reserve a spot.

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