The event, being held at the Betty J. Johnson North Sarasota Public Library, is free and open to the public
SARASOTA, FL – Arts Advocates presents “Meet the Artist – Dean Mitchell” on December 3, 2019, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., at the Betty J. Johnson North Sarasota Public Library, 2801 Newtown Blvd., Sarasota. The event is free and open to the public; reservations are required and can be made at artsadvocates.org.
Mitchell, who works in watercolors, egg temperas, oils, and pastels, will give a brief presentation followed by a Q&A. The two newest acquisitions to the Arts Advocates’ collection will be unveiled: Mitchell’s “Stranger at the Cabildo” and “Tobacco Barn Shadows at the Ball Farm.”
Mitchell was born in Pittsburg in 1957 and raised by his grandmother in Quincy, Florida. He received a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. from Columbus College of Art & Design. During his four-decade-long career, Mitchell has become well known for his figurative works, landscapes, and still lifes. He has won over 600 awards, and his works are featured in galleries and museums across the country. According to The New York Times, “Mr. Mitchell is a virtual modern-day Vermeer of ordinary black people.”
Donna Maytham, president of Arts Advocates, stated, “Dean Mitchell is a role model for young, aspiring artists of color. During the day of our event, Dean will be giving a motivational talk to the art students at Booker Middle School and critiquing their work.”
Mitchell’s paintings, along with three others from the Arts Advocates’ collection – by artists Shirley Clement and Eugene White – will remain on display at the Betty J. Johnson library through December 5.
For more information about Arts Advocates, visit artsadvocates.org or call 941-330-0680.
The Fine Arts Society of Sarasota, Inc. Arts Advocates, founded in 1969 as The Fine Arts Society of Sarasota, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Its mission is to inspire creativity, advance education and connect the community to the arts. Arts Advocates awards scholarships to local students pursuing careers in the arts; supports local arts and educational organizations and sponsors art-related events; and promotes the creative works of Florida artists by purchasing, collecting, exhibiting and presenting these works to residents and visitors. To learn more, visit artsadvocates.org.