Mark Littlejohn at Avery Arts Council
As the leaves finish their autumn descent, artist Mark Littlejohn's painting, "Winter's Here," seems all the more appropriate.
Littlejohn was an artist at a young age, but put his art on hold in favor of a career in science. After earning bachelor's and doctorate degrees at Northwestern University, he served two years in the Army and lived in Chicago for the following 12 years.
In 1980, he and his wife moved to the Banner Elk area, and, in 1999, he retired to become a full-time painter. He paints many different subjects, including landscapes from beaches to mountains. His artworks have varying degrees of abstraction and color schemes that are both natural and imaginative.
Local artist Barbara Timberman (whose work will be in the Avery Arts Council gallery in December) was a mentor who introduced him to watercolors, now his medium of choice.
Littlejohn's exhibit, titled "Re-Marks," will be on display at the Avery Arts Council gallery through early December. "Re-Marks" is a retrospective of the artist's work over a period of decades. Although the originals will not be for sale, many of his works have been reproduced to be sold as cards and prints.
The artist is generously donating all the proceeds from these sales to the Avery County Arts Council.
"This is a perfect opportunity to show support for the Arts Council, while getting something beautiful in return," an arts council spokesperson said.
The public can get a 'sneak-peek' of Mark Littlejohn's talent on his website, http://www.littlejohnart.com.
His work is on display at the council's new location, 77 Ruffin St.,, behind the Old Hampton Store in Linville. Hours of operation are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5.
For more information, contact the Avery County Arts Council at (828) 733-0054 or (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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