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Super Sunday in West Chester

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

West Chester, Pennsylvania holds an annual event on the first Sunday of June called “Super Sunday”. The streets are closed for crafts, vendors, children’s activities and live music.

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

The Riverside Concert Series

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

The Riverside Concert Series, Jazz Age on the Delaware and the Mansion Concert come to Glen Foerd

Glen Foerd on the Delaware announces the start of an exciting season of musical events starting with the Riverside Concert Series and includes Jazz Age on the Delaware and concluding with the Mansion Concert: Classics to Ragtime.

The Riverside Concert Series kicks off on Thursday, June 8th with The Philadelphia Banjo Society, playing traditional banjo, show and sing-along tunes, the fun continues on Thursday, July 13th with the Rendition Jazz Band and finishes on Thursday, August 10th with Jean Therapy, a 70s jazz-rock, Latin fusion, retro, and modern mix band. All shows are pay what you wish at the door, bring your own lawn chair 7:00-8:00pm, rain or shine.

Join us for the Mansion Concert: Classics to Ragtime featuring Jeffrey Uhlig and Mark O’Kain Saturday, August 12th 1:00-2:00pm, $15 per person, members $10.

About Glen Foerd
Glen Foerd is a historic estate located on 18-acres at the confluence of the Poquessing Creek and Delaware River. Glen Foerd is a Fairmount Park property; the site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and its grounds are listed as a Historic American Landscape Survey site, one of only 24 in Pennsylvania. The mission of Glen Foerd on the Delaware is to connect visitors to its legacy through programs in the arts, nature and history and to preserve and protect the landscape, buildings and collections for the enjoyment and enrichment of the community and future generations.