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ArtCenter Manatee Special Presentation by Artist Dean Mitchell: “Surviving The Economy As An Artist”

Saturday, January 30th at 2 PM at ArtCenter Manatee$10 for General Public and $5 for Members

ArtCenter Manatee is proud to present a slide show and discussion by acclaimed artist Dean Mitchell. Mitchell is recognized as one of the finest painters in America, and has been awarded almost every major painting award in the country. He was featured in a documentary by Billy Dee Williams called "The Living Canvas," part of a PBS series about art that spotlighted African American artists. Mitchell was among the group of artists who produced the US Postal Service jazz and blues series stamps.

Mitchell’s work often focuses on black faces, black people standing on urban corners, doing their jobs or old black men sitting on the street corner of a cafe talking. But his intent is not to make art about race. It's just that the subjects he paints are the ones he knows the best. On this subject he has been quoted a number of times. He says: “My work is not about color; it's about life. Once you get to know your subjects, you can develop a love that comes through in your work. In the end, you hope you can do something that will help people come together. Emotions are universal, no matter what color the skin."

In addition to the ArtCenter Manatee presentation, Mitchell’s work is being shown at the Florida State Capitol and the Governor’s Mansion January 29th through March 1st as part of the Governor’s Celebration of Black History Month. Mitchell’s exhibition, Visions with Heart and Soul is on view at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art in Tarpon Springs February 21st through May 2nd.

Mitchell has won hundreds of awards, including first prize at the T.H. Saunders International Artist and Watercolour Show in London, the Hubbard Art Award for Excellence, and the Gold Medal of Honor from the American Watercolor Society. His work is in the permanent collections of the St. Louis Art Museum, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Margaret Harwell Art Museum, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, the Hubbard Museum, Mississippi Art Museum and the Arkansas Art Center. He is represented by Bryant Galleries (New Orleans), Hearne Fine Art (Little Rock, Arkansas), Morris & Whiteside Galleries (Hilton Head, South Carolina) and Marshall Gallery (Scottsdale, Arizona).

Contact: Peggy Haynes, 941-746-2862, peggy@artcentermanatee.org