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Ray's inspiration was gleaned from John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) and his friend and mentor, illustrator James Montgomery Flagg (1877-1960).
His illustrious roster of sitters include Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, actors John Wayne, Katharine Hepburn, Christopher Plummer and his close friend, the consummate entertainer, Tony Bennett; himself an accomplished painter.
Mr. Bennett introduced Ray at an amusing and memorable talk during the opening. Afterwards, at a gala private dinner at the historic Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, we had a chance to talk about Tony's new interest - sculpture. He signs his work with his family name Benedetto, benedettoarts.com/.