James Mitchell, Jr. Died May 2006 at age 56 at his residence in Trinity, Florida following complications of diabetes. James was prominent art and fine antiques connoisseur.
Mr. Mitchell was a member of one of Pasco County's pioneer families and the founder in 1996 of the Berghoff Fine Art Editions printmaking studio on Little Road, which has since closed.
Artists from around the world flocked to the studio to do prints of their work, including feminist artist Miriam Schapiro, outdoor sports artist Robert Zakanitch, abstract artist Roberto Juarez and decorative artist Brad Davis.
Mr. Mitchell served on boards of directors for the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art in Tarpon Springs and the Pasco Arts Council. He recently donated all the printmaking equipment from his print studio to the art museum.
"He'll be sorely missed in the art world," said Joan Saunders, member and former chairwoman of the LRMA and Pasco boards. "He had more knowledge of fine antiques than almost anyone internationally."
In recent years, Mr. Mitchell and his friend and business partner, Raymond Hancock, restored older homes and created wall murals. One of his best-known restorations was the relief paintings on the walls of the Astor mansion, Beechwood, in Newport, R.I.
Mr. Mitchell's parents are former Pasco School Board member Dorothy Mitchell and cattleman James W. Mitchell Sr. His brother, Dewey Mitchell, also of Trinity, is a prominent local real estate agent.