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Paulette Bensignor Fine Art

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Hidden Figure, Under The Radar: BENSIGNOR an Artist

Diane Waldman, Deputy Director of the Guggenheim Museum of Art wrote about Bensignor’s work, “ an example of a extremely original treatment of the landscape”…

Artists don’t give up their secrets easily. Her work is madly complex. It is only after minutes of staring at her work do the effects start to appear.

A painting idea can start in one moment or it can be imagined over the course of several years. She works primarily in oil paint.

It takes time. It is a balancing act and she worries about the work constantly.

It is about the transitions between color, line, shape, scale and tones.

The palette is deceiving; it has various shades of blues, greens, oranges, purples, reds and yellows.

The brush strokes vary from line to blurred color.

Her perspective is a use of a combination of eastern perspective, for example: atmospheric, linear, optic, scale, and western perspective, for example: the use of one, two and three point perspective.

There is no beginning and no end. The work tells her what to do and long and intensive study.

The total effect is memorizing. Your eye settles here and there drawn to one place and then another, dancing around and around transcending from the real world into an inner world.

The viewer is stopped and drawn into the surface, while the theme of the landscape plays around and around in the brain. The landscape painting, like nature itself, cannot be perceived in one viewing. The paintings can be and are demanding.

They play with the surface like a Jazz musician playing a standard tune. Then the improvisation takes to changes of rhythms and harmony, counterpoint and back to the standard structure.

As one is drawn back to the painting, each time, they appear richer and richer.

Bensignor has been painting a long time, and she says it is a process, but she admits to not knowing exactly what is going on. It is a process. The constant decisions and decisions: to either to take something out or risk repainting the whole thing or building it up or leaving the work alone.

The painting maybe done, but the theme is not. She believes each one of us has a story to tell. She has the one story to tell over and over again in different ways.

Her story it is that people are born with an individual personality and a need to learn how to become human. Life is tough and how we navigate and become human separates us from the wild. Basically, it is just a dance, a rhythm about life, good vs. evil, the tamed and the untamed.

Her use of the image of “ Landscape” becomes the metaphor for tame over wild or good over evil, as seen in her show “Between Garden and Wood”.

The show is at, The Rodger LaPelle Galleries, 122n. 3rd Street, Philadelphia PA 19106 through May 2017. The paintings interact with each other in a way they were placed around the gallery.

She doesn’t take prisoners. It is what it is. What she says on canvas isn’t a choice; it is who she is, period. Refusing to be categorized she will not stop working.

It is a fact that some collectors can’t deal with the idea of collecting art by women. Hidden female artists are slowly being recognized and into the radar of acceptance they are going to make their mark.

Examples of her work:

Paulette Bensignor Art

Paulette Bensignor Art

West Chester Street Performance Ordincance

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

by Daniel Brouse

WEST CHESTER, PA — A second public hearing for a proposed ordinance to regulate street performers was held on September 21 at Borough Hall. Due to the time length of the meeting, a third public hearing has been scheduled for October 18 at 6PM.

The ordinance would regulate “the following activities: acting, singing, playing musical instruments, pantomime, juggling, magic, dancing, reading aloud, puppetry and reciting.”

Borough council members spent an hour-and-a-half suggesting changes. One of the most significant changes was to the Purpose of the ordinance, changing “the Borough Council therefore seeks to encourage such performances” to “the Borough Council therefore seeks to regulate such performances”. Council members Michael Galey and William J. Scott brought up concerns over unnecessary regulations, redundant regulations and over-reaching regulations. Quite a bit of discussion revolved around applying the regulation to private property. Surprisingly, there was no discussion about how this law would be applied to minors. At the previous hearing, a resident was voiced concerns, “If I’m playing a guitar and children start to dance, are they in violation.”

Eventually, comments by the public were heard. The overwhelming majority of the comments were against any attempts to regulate free speech.

The West Chester Business Improvement District (BID) executive director, Malcolm Johnstone stated his support for the ordinance. Only one business came out in favor of the ordinance. The owner of Penn’s Table Restaurant complained that the artists blocked the public right-of-way.

Comments against the ordinance came from a wide array of artists, performers and fans. Tom Wagner, Esquire, stated his opposition to the ordinance based on The First Amendment. Virginia Schawacker, director of Shaw Strings, voiced her concerns about regulating musical performances especially when on private property. Tony Webb has an architectural firm on Church Street and talked about his support for the music. A variety of musicians and students from West Chester University spoke out against the ordinance. Brad Rau, who holds a masters degree in classical guitar and teaches in West Chester, created a petition in support of the arts. The petition with hundreds of unsolicited signatures of citizens against regulating the arts was presented.

The discussion will continue in October.

Jerry Ryan’s Rapture

Friday, April 29th, 2016

By Daniel Brouse

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — What do you mean the music scene is dead? There is hope. There is light at the end of the tunnel. In the Mid-Atlantic USA, there is a beacon shining bright — Jerry Ryan.

Jerry is an unassuming hero for musicians and artists. “Jerry changed the music industry by being legitimately all about the bands. It’s not about money to him. When I asked him why he was throwing the first Elephant Talk Music Festival, he replied ‘it’s for the bands.’ I knew then that he was the right guy,” said Rick Reinhart of Out In The Woods Records.

Hundreds of bands have benefited from Jerry’s compassion. He provides musician friendly venues along the East Coast and promotes the bands at no charge. Playing outside in Atlantic City is always a treat. Quite often there are multiple stages both inside and out. The sound quality is always quite good (with a stable of house musicians that blow the roof off when playing indoors.)

Elephants For Autism 2016

Elephants For Autism 2016

In 2011, Jerry founded an annual charity event called Elephants For Autism. “I added the charity aspect to what I was doing when I realized that I could become the change I wanted to see in the world. It just made sense to me that I needed to go into a new direction,” said Jerry.

The charity work of Jerry does make a change. “Jerry Ryan’s Elephants for Autism Indie Music Festivals have raised tens of thousands of dollars for the music programs at The Archway Schools. His generosity has allowed our special needs students to experience the joy of making music on a variety of instruments he has donated, as well as helping us to build a music therapy program that promotes student wellness by managing stress, enhancing memory and improving communication,” said Doug Otto, director of special projects for The Archway Schools.

The fifth annual Elephants For Autism music festival will be held May 20-22, 2016 at the Watering Hole Cafe in Mays Landing, NJ. 100 bands will play on 2 outdoor stages and 1 indoor stage (view the line-up). All proceeds benefit the Archway School in Atco, NJ for their special needs music program and music camp. “We are very fortunate to be in a position to help others through our mutual passion that is music,” laments Jerry.

Photos Unordered: Jerry Ryan, Rob Perna Jr., Citrus Distress, Leland Porter, Elise Moureau, Jacob Graff, Daniel Brouse, Rick Reinhart, Ali Richardson, Galt Line, Ike Joy, Jason Jeffries, Pool Of Thorns, Resident Stone, Terry Utain, Chelsea Allen

Additional quotes courtesy of “A father’s love brings music festival for autism to A.C.” by VINCENT JACKSON