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Art exhibit to feature Barton grad's paintings

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Recent Barton College graduate Benjamin Hawley is exhibiting his paintings at the Blount-Bridgers House in Tarboro.

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From Contributed Reports

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Blount-Bridgers House in Tarboro is set to exhibit the paintings of recent Barton College graduate Benjamin Hawley.

Hawley received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Barton College in May. The Hobson Pittman Memorial gallery, situated on the second floor of the historic Blount-Bridgers House offers a beautiful and unique gallery experience for this young painter.

“Painting Life,” featuring paintings by Hawley, went on display Sept. 6 and runs through Oct. 14. The opening reception for “Painting Life” will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14. The event is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend.

Hawley is a perceptual painter who describes his painting process as “active looking.” His work echoes what he sees in his everyday life. He is fascinated by subtle color shifts, light and shadow interactions and unusual juxtapositions of still-life objects. Common subjects such as self-portraits, portraits and still-lifes find a quiet but dramatic stage in Hawley’s work.

While an art student at Barton College, Hawley spent the summer before his senior year painting at the Mt. Gretna School of Art in Pennsylvania, which focuses primarily on painting from life and plein-air painting. He was awarded the Mt. Gretna collections award. He also had the opportunity to work with many of the Barton Artists-in-Residence, including nationally recognized painter Susan Lichtman of Brandeis University.

Hawley lives and works in Wilson.

The Blount-Bridgers House is located at 130 Bridgers St. in Tarboro. For more information, contact Carol Banks at 823-4159. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

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