Walters State’s Catron Art Gallery will host a reception for artist Bill Long from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday.
The reception, which is free and open to the public, will mark the opening of an exhibition of Long’s paintings in the gallery, located in the R. Jack Fishman Library on the college’s Morristown campus.
Long’s work has been recognized by several regional shows, including recent honors at the Southern Appalachian Artist Guild Show. His work has been shown in galleries including Hanson Gallery in Knoxville; Gallery 1401 in Chattanooga, which currently represents him, and The Haen Gallery in Asheville, N.C.
“Painting is where I find the greatest joy,” Long said. “The brush is an extension of myself as it glides and strokes across the canvas creating the world as seen through my eyes.”
Morristown-born Long spent his childhood in Central Florida, and he developed an appreciation for art on trips to Lake Eola Park in Orlando, Fla., with his father.
Open-air artists who captured the color and light of nature at the park fascinated Long, and this ignited a lifelong appreciation and love for his craft.
Before he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Tennessee in 1974, Long studied art at Walters State under the guidance of Ron Castle.
After college, Long spent most of his time operating a small business, Sign Legends, in Morristown and raising two children.
Now that his children are grown, he has more time to devote to his craft.
Long’s work will remain on display through April 1. For more information, call the Walter State Division of Humanities at 423-585-6922.