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And exhibit of artist Dago Benavidez will be on display at the Salem Public Library through the end of the month.

Fully open orchids are in front of a pond dense with lotus leaves and protruding lotus bulbs. The water is illuminated by a faint three-quarter moon, and the semi-clear, star-studded night sky a shade of blue lighter than the water.

This breathtaking view is in one of eight paintings in an exhibit by Dago Benavidez on display at the Salem Public Library through the end of January.

The exhibit is centered around peace and serenity, themes Benavidez said he felt people needed due to the impact of the pandemic.

“These (paintings) are the ones that I wanted to put together because they evoke peacefulness and are good for the soul and eyes,” Benavidez said.

Artist Dago Benavidez’s exhibit will be on display through the end of the month at the Salem Public Library.

Benavidez said exhibits like these are rare, as most curators and organizations that reach out to him primarily want cultural or Latino-related art. He is a proud Mexican-American artist, with as much emphasis on American as Mexican.

“I’m a Latino and paint … but we’re more than that. We travel and see other things too,” Benavidez said. “I don’t want to step away from it, but to show (we can paint) more. And that’s what I’m trying to do with my art.”





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