Re­cently Ac­quired

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Agrant op­por­tu­nity through the Mis­sis­sippi Arts Com­mis­sion has al­lowed the Lin­colnlawren­ce-franklin Re­gional Li­brary in Brookhaven, Mis­sis­sippi, to pur­chase a work of art for pub­lic dis­play. The work, Farm Road, a wa­ter­color by Florida pain­ter Dean Mitchell, was un­veiled in a pub­lic cer­e­mony April 24. Mitchell, who was re­cently hon­ored with the Wa­ter­color Honor So­ci­ety Life­time Achieve­ment Award, was on hand to un­veil the paint­ing and, as part of the grant, meet with Mis­sis­sippi art stu­dents.

Dur­ing the 90-minute ses­sion with stu­dents, Mitchell spoke about his life, his ca­reer and his views on art. “I thought I was good un­til I went to art school and was sur­rounded by many with the same pas­sion,” he told stu­dents. “That’s when I learned I had to step it up. Many said I wouldn’t make it, but I worked hard and they started see­ing my work get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter.”

Mitchell is pri­mar­ily known as a wa­ter­col­orist, though his works also in­clude oil and acrylic paint­ings. It’s his wa­ter­color paint­ings of the desert, old ghost towns and ranches that have mes­mer­ized Western art col­lec­tors. To­day Mitchell shows at galleries and mu­se­ums around the coun­try, and his works of­ten win wa­ter­color awards.

Farm Road is now on pub­lic dis­play at the Lin­coln-lawrence-franklin Re­gional Li­brary.

Dean Mitchell, cen­ter, with art stu­dents in Mis­sis­sippi.

Dean Mitchell, Farm Road, wa­ter­color, 22 x 30”

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