MORGANTON – The paintings of Dean Mitchell, an internationally-known figurative artist, will be on exhibit at the Burke Arts Council for six weeks through Friday, Sept. 13.
The exhibition, titled Traces of Humanity, contains more than 30 original works including watercolors, oils, acrylics, sketches and etchings all 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 on Saturday, Aug. 10.
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.
Considered one of the most important artists of our time, Mitchell has been compared to Vermeer, Wyeth, Homer and Hopper.
Also, 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 is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, 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.
More info about the exhibition is available online at: www.BurkeArts.org.