JEFFERSON, North Carolina — The man who began painting frescoes at two small Episcopal churches in Ashe County 40 years ago is returning for a tribute to him and his work.
The Ashe County Frescoes Foundation is holding the tribute to Statesville native Ben Long on Monday in Jefferson.
Long painted frescoes at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in West Jefferson and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Glendale Springs, including life-size depictions of The Last Supper and the crucifixion of Christ.
North Carolina also has a Ben Long Frescoes Trail in counties where Long has done frescoes. They include Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Iredell, Mecklenburg and Wilkes counties.
State Department of Cultural Resource Secretary Susan Kluttz is attending the tribute.
The foundation was organized in 2009 to protect and preserve Long's frescoes.