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August Issue 2010

Elder Gallery in Charlotte, NC, Offers Works by Ralph Turturro & David Benson

Elder Gallery in Charlotte, NC, will present the exhibit, North Meets South, featuring works by Ralph Turturro and David Benson, on view from Aug. 6 - 31, 2010.

Elder Gallery has assembled an exhibition that brings together the gritty, energetic qualities of New York City with the subtle, quirkiness of Southern life. The gallery will display the abstract paintings of New York artist, Ralph Turturro, with those of South Carolina artist, David Benson.

Turturro lives and works in New York. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute. Of his work, Turturro states, "Through my work I am learning that the essence of anything, any action of us as a species, is to see, to experience, to learn. If one is to make 'Art' real, one must learn to be in the moment of each experience, whether physical, mental, emotional or otherworldly."

Turturro's abstract paintings are rich in texture, movement and emotion. The artist states that "painting still remains my sole way to communicate those extremely personal, inaudible, subtle nuances of thought and emotion that have no life for me except for on a textured, colored surface."

David Benson

David Benson is a native of South Carolina and has significantly contributed to the Carolina art scene over his career of painting and teaching. His influence as a high school art teacher is evident in the work of many of his students who have gone on to pursue art as a career.

Benson's artwork has been recognized by numerous nationally-known curators and jurors as he has participated in and won many regional competitions. He has been a member of Southern Exposure, a group of twelve artists who have painted and exhibited together for over twenty years.

Benson incorporates whimsy into his work and his painting style is unmistakably unique. His willingness to explore a variety of mediums and unusual subject matter has generated excitement for his work by collectors around the region. Benson's Southern heritage is apparent in his work and has influenced his choice of subject matter.

For further information check our NC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 704/370-6337 or visit (www.elderart.com).

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