PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. – At a media event at Dollywood's DreamMore Resort, Tri-Cities artist Benjamin Walls announced the release of his new book entitled "Beyond," which includes a foreword written by entertainment icon Dolly Parton.
""Beyond is a compilation of Walls' best work and features all of his museum-exhibited pieces. It has taken Walls 12 years, 1 million miles of travel, and 300,000 exposures to capture the images featured in Beyond.
The book, which begins shipping to clients in November, is available through the Benjamin Walls Gallery and at www.BenjaminWalls.com at a special pre-publication price.
At the press conference, Parton toured Benjamin's onsite exhibit and expressed her interest in his work. "I paint the Smoky Mountains in words" Parton declared, "And you do the same with your camera." Cassius Cash, superintendent of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, expressed his enthusiasm for Walls' work and helped him unveil a new image entitled, The Smokies, as Walls shared the story behind his inspiration with the crowd.
Walls announced that he will donate a portion of the proceeds from his book to Friends of the Smokies. Jim Hart, President of the Friends of the Smokies, expressed his thanks for Walls' support.
Walls has exhibited his work at the Smithsonian and the Natural History Museum of London and this summer he will be the first Tri-Cities artist to have a solo exhibit at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville. His work has also found a home in the galleries of noteworthy collectors ranging from Grammy Award-winning musicians to Fortune 500 CEOs.
Contact the Benjamin Walls Gallery or visit www.BenjaminWalls.com for more information.