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Renowned 80-Year-Old Artist to Exhibit in Lawrenceville

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Legendary artist Robert Christie will greet patrons at the opening reception of his one-man show from 5 to 7 p.m., January 24 at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse in Lawrenceville, Ga.

The exhibit runs through Apr. 10, 2012, and is open to the public weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Robert Christie has become one of the best-known dog and sporting artists in the South. A graduate of Pratt Institute where he studied illustration, Christie concentrated his post-graduate study of portrait painting at Pratt and at The Art Students League, both in N.Y.

He moved to the Atlanta-area early in his career. Christie”s main focus was painting portraits and gradually expanded his subjects to include equestrian portraits. After accepting a commission to paint a series of hunting dogs for a N.Y. publisher, he has faithfully pursued this subject since. Along with painting, he has spent over twenty years field training, hunt testing and showing his German Shorthairs.

Now at 80, Christie has returned his muse to portraiture and will celebrate the continued evolution of his painting style at the opening of his exhibit with family and friends. The event is catered by Dining with Massimo, the interactive Italian dining creation of Christie”s son-in-law and inspiration for a portrait that recently garnered Christie a first place ribbon from the Atlanta Portrait Society.