Gallery show features Wilson native

‘The Power of Color’ opens July 11

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As part of the Hammond Gallery Series, the Arts Council of Wilson will present the work of painter Steve Benton.

“The Power of Color” runs July 11 to Aug. 31 at the Boykin Center.

A Wilson native, Benton made his home in Los Angeles from 1981 to 2018, when he devoted much of his time to painting. At age 10, Benton’s parents saw his artistic potential and enrolled him in an oil painting class. Coming from an artistic family background, he was encouraged to continue his painting and graduated from college with degrees in art and Spanish. Benton is very proud of his artistic heritage and treasures the paintings by his grandfather.

Benton moved back to Wilson in August 2018 to begin a new chapter in his life. His intimate, colorful approach to his subject matter is bold, dramatic and pleasing to the eye.

Join the Arts Council at Benton’s opening reception on July 11, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., to welcome him home and enjoy the color and creativity he brought with him. He will give an artist talk at 5 p.m. that day.

This event is free and open to the public. The gallery exhibit will run through Aug. 31.