DEAN MITCHELL, “Traces of Humanity”

 The Burke Arts Council, Morganton, North Carolina is proud to present the work of nationally recognized artist, DEAN MITCHELL.
Mitchell is considered one of America’s greatest watercolorists and exhibits in the most prestigious museum invitationals throughout the United States.
Check out Dean’s website     

Dates of the exhibition:  August 6 thru September 13.
Opening Reception:  Friday, August 9, 5 until 7.
Continental Breakfast and Gallery Conversation with Dean Mitchell:
Saturday, August 10 at 10:30am. 

The Burke Arts Council is very proud to present the work of accomplished artist, Dean Mitchell of Tampa, Florida. Dean Mitchell is internationally known for his watercolor paintings, landscapes, portraits, and still lifes. He has been featured in numerous publications, corporate and museum collections across the country, and has received countless awards nationally and internationally.  Mitchell was called a “virtual modern-day Vermeer” by New York Times art critic Michael Kimmelman.  Mitchell has been compared to Vermeer, Wyeth, Homer and Hopper, and is recognized and revered by his peers as one of the most important artists of our time.  Mitchell’s work ranges from portrayals of the African-American community, to cityscapes and landscapes of the American South and West.

The exhibit, titled “Traces of Humanity”, will open on August 7 and last for six weeks.  The collection contains over thirty original works including watercolors, oils, acrylics, sketches, and etchings that will document the artist’s 33 year-long career.  Dean Mitchell will be in Morganton at the Opening Reception on Friday, August 9 from 5 until 7pm.

On Saturday, August 10, there will be a continental breakfast and Gallery Talk with the artist at 10:30am at the Burke Arts Council.  Seats are limited for this event, so call to reserve your spot.

Dean Mitchell is a graduate of the Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio.  In addition to watercolors, he is accomplished in other mediums, including egg temperas, oils and pastels.  His art can be found in corporate and museum collections across the country, including: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri; Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, Mississippi; Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, Missouri; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri; Beach Museum of Art, Manhattan, Kansas; The Autry National Center, Los Angeles; The Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, Arkansas; Gadsden Art Center Quincy, Florida; Canton Museum of Art, Canton, Ohio and the Library of Congress.

He has 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, Remington Professional League, and for three years in a row the Best in Show Award from 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.


Pete Lupo, wildlife artist and woodcarver of Lenoir will also grace the gallery with his amazing realistic wood carvings. Lupo,P A Bit of Color Pete is more than a wood carver; he’s a true artist and sculptor of life. His connection to nature and the lessons learned from the animals and plants is reflected in all of his work.