H Allen Benowitz brings India to Burnsville and Back again in exhibition at TRAC Gallery Toe River Arts Council Burnsville NC. From August 10 to September 7, 2013.
From August 10 through September 7, the Burnsville TRAC Gallery will host “Through the Lens of H. Allen Benowitz—From Burnsville to India,” a mini-retrospective of self-taught photographer H. Allen Benowitz.
Allen’s passion began as a child snapping pictures of friends. It evolved over the decades as career paths diverged until finally resurfacing. One morning he noticed his six-year old son playing with their springer spaniel in the sunlight. The resulting photograph received honorable mention in the International Kodak Contest. From a professional court reporting and video career, the camera became a natural segue to photography, and the accolades and recognitions followed from featured articles and exhibitions to national and international honors and awards
In 2004, Allen traveled to the state of Rajasthan in the northwest corner of India. He spent the next several weeks photographing the “Land of the Kings” from shadows of the sun upon the dunes of the Thar Desert in Jaisalmer to those created by the intricate architecture of Jodhpur, the second largest city in the state. He photographed snake charmers and charming young boys in large colorful turbans. Shy boys, tough boys, and boys in a band trying to make a few rupees from tourists.
In 2006, he bought a summer home in Burnsville that sparked another passion — beauty of the landscape of the surrounding mountains. “Through the Lens…” takes one from the serenity and majesty of the Blue Ridge, the curves of the roads and the vines beside, and the quiet peace of falling leaves and fallen fences to a cacophony of color and colorful places across the ocean in other places in time.
Allen has lectured extensively on his journeys, exhibited nationally and has his work in collections and galleries around the country. A reception, free and open to the public, will be held at the Burnsville Gallery on Friday, August 9 from 5 to 7pm. The Gallery is located at 102 West Main Street; hours are 10:30am to 5pm, Tuesday through Saturday.
The Toe River Arts Council is 501C-3 nonprofit and is supported by donations, memberships, local government support, grants (including the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency) and earned income from its events and sales. For more information, visit www.toeriverarts.org Burnsville NC