Benowitz’s “Magic of The East” photo exhibition comes to Spruce Pine Arts Resource Center Aug. 27 – Sept. 10

“Monk in Waiting”; Monk in Waiting; Bumthang, Bhutan by H. Allen Benowitz

Press release:


From August 27 through September 10, 2016, the Arts Resource Center in Spruce Pine will display the photographic works of H. Allen Benowitz. This special two-week exhibition will catalogue his impressions from his travels in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Singapore and Bhutan.

Benowitz’s passion began as a child snapping pictures of friends. It evolved over the decades with divergent career paths until finally resurfacing. The first photograph he submitted for recognition received honorable mention in the International Kodak Contest. From there, a professional court reporting and video career sequed to photography, and the accolades followed from featured articles and exhibitions to national and international honors and awards.

Benowitz’s camera captures the serenity of the Himalaya’s in Bhutan, a land of monasteries, dzongs and dramatic topography; of Nepal, birthplace of Buddha and the highest peak in the world; of the tropics and plains of the island nation Sri Lanka, off the south coast of India; and of yet another island, but of lights and continuous excitement—Singapore, wrapped inside the tip of Malaysia. To be noted is that Nepalese photographs were taken shortly prior to the earthquake in April of 2015. They preserve the many beautiful, historical sites and architectural treasures razed by the devastation.

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 Arts Resource Center, in conjunction with Robin Martindale’s reception in the Spruce Pine Gallery on the first floor from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, August 26. The ARC is located on the second floor of the Gallery located at 269 Oak Avenue. Entrances are through the gallery or around the back of the building. Exhibit hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

The Toe River Arts Council a is 501C-3 nonprofit and is supported by donations, memberships, local government support, grants (including the North Carolina Arts Council, a Division of the Natural and Cultural Resources Department) and earned income from its events and sales. For more information, visit

About Max Hunt
Max Hunt grew up in South (New) Jersey and graduated from Warren Wilson College in 2011. History nerd; art geek; connoisseur of swimming holes, hot peppers, and plaid clothing. Follow me @J_MaxHunt

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