Taylorsville, NC – The Alexander County Library is proud to present a new exhibit by Alexander County native, Barbara Whittington Mitchell. The exhibit, “Water and Sunlight,” features watercolors that showcase the beauty of nature and the joy of family, friends, and pets. Patrons and visitors will find the free exhibit on display at the Main Library in Taylorsville during the months of July and August.

The public is invited to attend an Art After Hours reception honoring the artist on Friday, July 13 from 6pm – 7:30pm at the Main Library, which is located at 77 First Avenue SW in Taylorsville.

The reception is free, and all are welcome to attend. The event will include light refreshments and remarks from the artist.

Barbara Whittington Mitchell is a native of Taylorsville, NC and the daughter of the late Ruby and Ralph Whittington. After graduating from Taylorsville High School, she had the opportunity to live in varied locations within the United States. In 2013 she retired from a career in banking and is currently a resident of Chesapeake, VA. Mitchell is a proud mother/grandmother of two sons and five grandchildren.

The artist is excited to “come home” and share her paintings with the friends and family that hold a special place in her heart.

Mitchell’s journey with painting began in the 1970s with oils and acrylic decorative art. However, once she tried watercolor, she soon realized it was her medium of choice. The artist painted without benefit of instruction until she move to Dallas, PA in 1992 and studied with renowned artist Sue Hand for ten years.

Barbara Whittington Mitchell is an active member of Southside Artist Association, Chesapeake Watercolorist Association, and Paint 4 Fun. She has added to her experience with classes through Tidewater Community College, workshops with visiting celebrated artists, and lessons with local artists. Mitchell’s involvement with art groups and artist friends has enriched her life and has become her passion. She finds painting florals very relaxing and almost therapeutic. However, she also loves to paint her friends’ pets and grandchildren and is always excited to try new things. Over the years, Barbara Whittington Mitchell has been fortunate to exhibit her work at the Norfolk Botanical Garden, Cape Henry Collegiate School, Towne Bank, and many local art shows.

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Watercolor by Barbara Whittington Mitchell