Portrait painter Benjamin Franklin Long IV is also a master of the “true fresco,” the technique used by Michelangelo to paint the Sistine Chapel. Long has completed more than 15 major fresco works throughout the U.S. and has shown his work in Florence, London and Paris, among other locales. A 2001 recipient of the Arthur Ross Award for Excellence in the Classical Tradition by Philippe de Montebello, Long recently moved into a new gallery and studio space at 25 Rankin Ave. To celebrate, he holds an exhibition of work that spans religious and mythological themes and includes frescos created for churches, civic centers and private buildings. The show opens on Thursday, April 17, 5:30-9:30 p.m. and remains on display until Thursday, May 29. alchemyfineart.net.
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