Negrotto?s Gallery Presents

?Artwork by Mark Landis?

Opening reception and film screening,

Tuesday, May 12, at 6pm

Mark Landis

will be present at the show?s opening reception where he will talk with guests and accept commissions for custom paintings.

Negrotto?s Gallery and Custom Framing 2645 Executive Place, Biloxi (North of Edgewater Mall) 228.388.8822 www.NegrottosGallery.com Luke Simpson, Mark Landis, Joseph Simpson & Joshua Simpson Photo Courtesy of Cher Foley at The Sun & Sand Festival, Art & Craft - Film Screening, Gulfport, MS - 2014 By Cecily Cummings Mark Landis in interview with Norwegian journalist NAMI held a screening of the documentary at the NAMI National Convention in Washington, D.C. in early September and the support received from viewers was inspirational. Art and Craft: A Documentary of Unusual Healing By Joni Agronin, NAMI Communications Coordinator L to R: Jennifer Grausman, Sam Cullman, Mark Landis, Colette Loll egrotto?s Gallery and Custom Framing has a reputation for its high-quality framing and representation of dynamic local and international artists. Negrotto?s co-owner Romy Simpson never disappoints when it comes to presenting cutting-edge shows. She is very excited to present ?The Art of Philanthropy? Artwork by Mark Landis?Art Exhibit, Meet and Greet, Q & A Time with Artist, May 12 at 6pm ? a show that is sure to be unforgettable! Knowing that art forgery is a highly sensitive topic, Negrotto?s will feature Landis? originals alongside reference material. Mark Landis of Laurel, MS, has inadvertently made a name for himself worldwide as a master art forger. For over 30 years, he copied hundreds of paintings by famous artists from Monet and Picasso to Disney and Dr. Seuss, which he donated to at least 46 museums around America, according to ?Redefining Philanthropy: A Documentary Review of Art and Craft,? an article by Deborah R. Glasofer, Ph.D. When he arrived at a museum to make a donation, in order to have an air of authenticity he often impersonated a priest, philanthropist, or a bereaved person making a donation in a relative?s memory. ?Necessity is the mother of invention, but sometimes the stepmother of deception,? Landis has said. His deception was exposed to the public in 2008 by an astute museum registrar who received a forged donation. But no action was taken against Landis, as he never asked money for the forgeries. After Landis?s forgeries were revealed, he began to receive national attention. His story sparked the interest of filmmakers, who produced the documentary on Landis entitled ?Art and Craft,? a National Board of Review Top 5 Documentary film of 2014. It was directed by Oscar-nominee and Sundancewinner Sam Cullman and Emmy- www.seesouthms.com Summer 2015 ? 91

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