Portrait honoring Winston-Salem resident Te’Ore Terry moved to Benton Convention Center

The artwork was moved after the downtown CVS store, where Terry worked until his death, closed on Jan. 30.

Multicolor portrait shows man with glasses with mouth open.

Artist Kim Thore’s connection with Te’Ore Terry started with a shared love of fashion.

Photo by WStoday

The portrait of a well-known downtown resident has a new home. The portrait of Te’Ore Terry was unveiled inside Benton Convention Center this week.

The painting originally hung inside the CVS on the corner of 4th and Trade streets, where Terry worked until his death on Feb. 14, 2021. When the store closed last month, Terry’s mother Velma requested the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Public Art Commission move the piece to the convention center. Members voted in favor of her request earlier this month.

Kim Thore was a friend of Te’Ore Terry and is the artist who captured his personality and good nature on canvas. He was well-known among customers, one of whom initiated the memorial project after his death. Friends and family raised money for the portrait, and Velma Terry chose the one she liked best. It was unveiled on May 31, 2021.

You can see “You’re a butterfly and butterflies are free to fly” on the lower level of Benton North near the escalators.