Walters State’s Catron Art Gallery is currently hosting an exhibition of the work of painter Bill Long. This exhibit continues through April 11. The Catron Art Gallery is located inside the R. Jack Fishman Library. Admission is free.
Long’s work has been recognized by several regional shows, including recent honors at the Southern Appalachian Artist Guild Show. He is represented by Gallery 1401 in Chattanooga.
“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.”
Long is a native of Morristown. He spent his childhood in Central Florida and developed an appreciation for art on trips with his father to Lake Eola Park. The open-air artists, capturing the color and light of nature, fascinated Long. This ignited a lifelong appreciation and love for his craft.
He returned to East Tennessee and studied art at Walters State under the guidance of Ron Castle. He later earned a B.F.A. from the University of Tennessee.
After college, Long spent most of his time operating a small business, Sign Legends, 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 11. For more information, call the college’s Division of Humanities at (423) 585-6922.
CUTLINE: “Lighting-Up Stones” shows the appreciation artist Bill Long has for nature. Long’s work is featured through April 11 in the Catron Art Gallery, located inside the R. Jack Fishman Library on the Morristown campus of Walters State Community College.