Artistic passion a boon for Wilson

WILSON – George E. Banagis’ carefully detailed pen-and-ink drawings can transport the viewer to the wilderness or rural landscapes, and his playful children’s illustrations beckon admirers of all ages to join him for a romp through his colorful imagination.

And now his art is an invitation for a national audience to glimpse an important piece of Wilson’s history in the form of a small card to be distributed at national parks across the country.

The retired U.S. Army illustrator’s pen-and-ink drawing of local hero Luther Wilson adorns a small card created for the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area with the intent of wider distribution.

Set against the backdrop of the War of 1812, Banagis’ work illustrates the local legend of 15-year-old Luther as he rounded up 15 head of cattle and drove them eastward along Lake Ontario to escape the British invasion on the settlement that later became the Village of Wilson. Legend

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