Benjamin Walls to Make Fifth Smithsonian Museum Appearance – Celebration Planned in Bristol

Bristol, Va.— A new image by Benjamin Walls will be featured in the Windland Smith Rice International Awards exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. This is Walls’ fifth image to be featured at the Smithsonian. He will be recognized during the opening reception at the Smithsonian on Thursday, Nov. 15.

Named after Windland Smith Rice, a photographer and conservationist, the 23rd annual Nature’s Best Photography Awards exhibition presents breathtaking fine art prints and short videos that highlight the best of nature photography. Walls’ image, titled “Zebra Hide,” was acclaimed as Highly Honored in the African Wildlife category. The image was one of 60 images selected to be displayed out of more than 26,000 entries from 59 countries.

“Zebra Hide” depicts the thin stripes of an endangered Grevy’s Zebra from the Samburu National Reserve in Kenya. The image is one of five works in Walls’ new Hide series, currently on display at the Benjamin Walls Fine Art Gallery, located at 701 State Street in downtown Bristol, Virginia. Additionally, the work will be published in the 2018 Fall/Winter Special Collector’s Edition of Nature’s Best Photography Magazine.

“Human cultures around the world have traditionally used animal hides in their homes for both form and function, and we have a natural affinity for wild and exotic animal hides,” Walls says. “With this new series, I’m bringing a wild element into my collectors’ personal spaces — pieces that portray an animal’s essence, without any distractions.

“We all know zebras have stripes, but I want this piece to speak to the mesmerizing power and complexity of those stripes. We tend to forget that African animals are threatened, but I want folks to remember that this majestic animal, which is the largest and most threatened of the three species of zebra, remains endangered. There are only 2,000 of these majestic Grevy’s zebras left in the wild. We all have a role to play in conservation, and it starts with awareness.”

The Benjamin Walls Gallery will host a reception from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, at the State Street location to celebrate Walls’ most recent accolade. Members of the public are invited to attend and hear the story behind Walls’ new Hide series at 7 p.m., followed by the unveiling of his new work from Grandfather Mountain. A book signing will take place at 8 p.m. Admission to the event is $10 and free-of-charge for collectors of the Benjamin Walls Gallery. Special pricing on Walls’ work will take place in conjunction with the celebration.

Walls is the winner of seven international awards, and his work has been displayed in more than four dozen museums in 12 countries. The Benjamin Walls Gallery earned top honors in the Best Art Gallery category of Virginia Living Magazine’s 2018 Best of Virginia Awards. Additionally, Walls is a recipient of the 2017 Arts Achievement Award presented by the Arts Alliance Mountain Empire (AAME) and A! Magazine for the Arts for his contributions to the arts in the Tri-Cities region, and for serving as a mentor and source of inspiration for others.

About Benjamin Walls

Benjamin Walls is a results-oriented environmentalist and community advocate whose work benefits local community and environmental charities. An internationally recognized artist, Walls has traveled more than 1 million miles over the past 12 years, photographing on every continent save Antarctica, and has established himself as the artist to watch in the fastest-growing segment of the visual arts — fine art photography. In 2015, Walls leveraged his extensive travel expertise in Africa to establish WALLS about Travel which offers exceptionally crafted, personalized journeys for small or private groups to his most intriguing African destinations. He currently serves on the Roots& Shoots and Development Committee for the Jane Goodall Institute, a global community conservation organization that promotes the understanding and protection of chimpanzees and their habitat. Walls currently resides in Asheville, North Carolina, where he is pursuing the establishment of a second gallery. For more information about Benjamin Walls or the Benjamin Walls Fine Art Gallery, visit www.benjaminwalls.com.

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For more information, contact Anita Melchor Slavkoff, special projects director,
Benjamin Walls Gallery, by phone 877-989-2557, ext. 8,
email anita@benjaminwalls.com,
or visit the company at www.benjaminwalls.com.

Five-Time Smithsonian Exhibitor Seeks to Open Second Gallery in Downtown Asheville

Asheville, N.C.— A new image by Asheville resident Benjamin Walls will be featured in the Windland Smith Rice International Awards exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. Walls will be recognized during the opening cocktail reception at the Smithsonian on Thursday, Nov. 15. This is his fifth image to be featured at the Smithsonian.

The 23rd annual awards exhibition presents breathtaking fine art photographs that highlight the best of nature photography. Walls’ image, titled “Zebra Hide,” was acclaimed as Highly Honored in the African Wildlife category. The image was one of 60 images selected to be displayed out of more than 26,000 entries from 59 countries.

“Zebra Hide” depicts the thin stripes of an endangered Grevy’s Zebra from the Samburu National Reserve in Kenya. The image is one of five works in Walls’ new Hide series, currently on display at the original Benjamin Walls Fine Art Gallery, located at 701 State Street in downtown Bristol, Virginia. Additionally, the work will be published in the 2018 Fall/Winter Special Collector’s Edition of Nature’s Best Photography Magazine.

“We all know zebras have stripes, but I want this piece to speak to the mesmerizing power and complexity of those stripes,” Walls says. “We tend to forget that African animals are threatened, but I want folks to remember that this majestic animal, which is the largest and most threatened of the three species of zebra, remains endangered. There are only 2,000 of these majestic Grevy’s zebras left in the wild. We all have a role to play in conservation, and it starts with awareness.”

Walls is the winner of seven international awards, and his work has been displayed in more than four dozen museums in 12 countries. He is a results-oriented environmentalist and community advocate whose work often benefits local environmental charities including Friends of the Smokies and the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation. Walls has long-standing ties to Western North Carolina and moved to Asheville in the spring in search of a retail location for his second signature gallery in the city’s downtown district.

“My two great passions in life are art and conservation, and I’ve long admired how those cultures thrive in Asheville. I’ve always wanted to open a gallery here, and I’m excited to finally give it a go.”

Walls has yet to secure a new space, but remains undeterred.

“Asheville is thriving, and I’m searching for a 3,000 square-foot space where I can welcome guests and display my work. This will be a long-term home for my second gallery, and I am confident my patience in finding the perfect spot will pay off.”

About Benjamin Walls

An internationally recognized artist, Walls has traveled more than 1 million miles over the past 12 years, photographing on every continent save Antarctica, and has established himself as the artist to watch in the fastest-growing segment of the visual arts — fine art photography. In 2015, Walls leveraged his extensive travel expertise in Africa to establish WALLSabout Travel which offers exceptionally crafted, personalized journeys for small or private groups to his most intriguing African destinations. He currently serves on the Roots & Shoots and Development Committee for the Jane Goodall Institute, a global community conservation organization that promotes the understanding and protection of chimpanzees and their habitat. For more information about Benjamin Walls or the Benjamin Walls Fine Art Gallery, visit www.benjaminwalls.com.

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For more information, contact Anita Melchor Slavkoff, special projects director,
Benjamin Walls Gallery, by phone at 877-989-2557, ext. 8,
email anita@benjaminwalls.com,
or visit the company at www.benjaminwalls.com.

Internationally Recognized Artist Launches New Luxury Travel Company

BRISTOL, Va. — Fine art photographer Benjamin Walls is leveraging his world travel expertise to offer clients a luxury travel experience via his new company — WALLSabout Travel™.

Located in Bristol, Virginia, WALLSabout Travel offers exceptionally crafted, personalized journeys for small or private groups to four of the world’s most intriguing destinations: Africa, Cuba, Australia and New Zealand. Each luxury trip includes a hand-selected guide, accommodations and dining experiences unique to each culture, and carefully planned transportation to provide optimal exposure to the diversity, natural beauty and cultural opportunities afforded by each location.

Walls notes that WALLSabout Travel journeys are not guided photography tours, but rather optimized itineraries focused on the experience.

“The premise that makes WALLSabout Travel distinctive is my dedication to curating a genuinely memorable and immersive trip — one that connects participants to the incredible world we live in and maximizes their time,” Walls says. “I draw on my previous journeys to each location to weed out common frustrations and ensure guests receive the best possible travel experiences.”

2017-2018 WALLSabout travel itineraries include:

  • Africa — July 17 – 27, 2017 (a July 2018 trip is currently being planned)
  • Cuba — January 12 – 21, 2018
  • Australia — February 26 – March 10, 2018
  • New Zealand — March 11 – 20, 2018

VIP introductory pricing is available for the first six participants of each 2018 journey, which Walls will personally guide. Only two slots remain for the 2017 WALLSabout Travel trip to Africa, with a handful of spaces left for the 2018 departures. Custom itineraries for each trip are available upon request. For more information, visit www.wallsabout.com.

WALLSabout Travel, a name derived from the Aussie term “walkabout,” is located inside the Benjamin Walls Fine Art Gallery, located at 701 State Street in Bristol, Virginia.

About Benjamin Walls

Benjamin Walls is the owner of the Benjamin Walls Gallery and founder of WALLSabout Travel. Over the past decade, he has traveled more than 1 million miles, photographing on every continent save Antarctica. Walls is a four-time Smithsonian exhibitor, two-time exhibitor in the Natural History Museum of London, and winner of six international awards. For more information, visit www.benjaminwalls.com or www.wallsabout.com.

 

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For more information, contact Maggie Lawson, travel consultant,
WALLSabout Travel, at 877-989-2557, ext. 7,
or visit the company at www.wallsabout.com.

 

Benjamin Walls Honored in State and Regional Publications

BRISTOL, Va. — Bristol native Benjamin Walls is a recipient of dual 2017 Best of Virginia Awards, presented by Virginia Living Magazine. The accolades follow Walls’ recent recognition by the Arts Alliance Mountain Empire (AAME).

Virginia Living Magazine celebrates all things Virginia — from its people and places to its deep history and traditions. The Best of Virginia 2017 special edition features stories about the most favored designers, tastemakers, shopping districts, resorts, gardens, art galleries and more throughout the state.

More than 50,000 ballots were cast in this year’s readers’ survey, which solicited entries in multiple categories from across the Commonwealth. Walls was named one of the top Southwest Virginia photographers, and the Benjamin Walls Fine Art Gallery on State Street in downtown Bristol was named one of the top art galleries in the region. The Best of Virginia issue will be available May 18 at quality newsstands and select stores.

Additionally, Walls recently received the 2017 Arts Achievement Award presented by AAME and A! Magazine for the Arts. Each year, AAME recognizes artists for their contributions to the arts in the Tri-Cities region, and for serving as mentors and sources of inspiration for others. The award will be presented Saturday, May 20, 2017, during the AAME’s annual gala.

“I am honored to be recognized by such outstanding publications and organizations,” Walls says. “Sharing my vision of our planet’s last great wild places is my passion, so being acknowledged for my work is very rewarding.”

These accolades are in addition to numerous other recognitions Walls has received over the past 12 years, including six international awards, plus museum exhibits in more than four dozen museums in 12 countries. A four-time Smithsonian Institution exhibitor and a two-time Natural History Museum of London exhibitor, his 3,000-square-foot gallery in Bristol caters to a diverse collector base, which includes Grammy Award winners, Fortune 500 CEOs, Hollywood producers and political figures.

About Benjamin Walls

Benjamin Walls is a results-oriented environmentalist and community advocate who passionately pursues the preservation of the natural world by capturing the transient details of our last wild places. Walls has traveled more than 1 million miles over the past 10 years, photographing on every continent save Antarctica, and has established himself as the artist to watch in the fastest-growing segment of the visual arts — fine art photography. For more information about Benjamin Walls or the Benjamin Walls Fine Art Gallery, visit www.benjaminwalls.com.

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For more information, contact Maggie Lawson, art consultant,
Benjamin Walls Gallery, at 877-989-2557, ext. 7
or visit the gallery at www.benjaminwalls.com.