Meet Our Artist Member John A. Benigno

For the month of July, DVAA is hosting a members' exhibition to showcase all of the talented artists who comprise our membership. Here on the blog we'd like to feature some of these participating artists so you can learn more about their creative vision and their work!

John A. Benigno
A statement from the artist:

"Recently, I was awarded a grant from the Luminous Endowment for Photographers to continue my Adobe Church Project (see link below). My work has been exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Sales and Rental Gallery, the Magidson Gallery in New York City, the Washington County Arts Council Gallery, the Chestnut Hill Gallery, and the Print Center in Philadelphia. It has been collected by the Berman Museum, the Woodmere Museum, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Lancaster Museum, The Noyes Museum, the Harry Ransom Center, and the State Museum of Pennsylvania. They have been published in "Camera Arts", "The Calumet Newsletter for Photographic Artists," and the "Antietam Review." My photographs have been accepted into juried exhibits at the Berman Museum, Woodmere Museum, the University of Delaware, the Chatauqua Art Association, Villanova University, the Art Association of Harrisburg, and the Center for the Arts in Southern New Jersey, to name a few. And, "Chappy Cabanas and Edgartown Light" was on loan to the American Embassy in Kuwait, as part of the State Department’s Art in Embassies program."

"Arch Street Presbyterian Church" - John A. Benigno

"Arch Street Presbyterian Church" - John A. Benigno

To see more of John's work please visit his website: http://www.photographicimages.us
Or his blog: http://mastersofphotography.blogspot.com/
http://www.luminous-endowment.org/grants/past/1/785 https://www.facebook.com/John.A.Benigno.Photographic.Images/

 

Bill Brookover
A statement from the artist:

"The work is a record of my visual research into how the human mind explores visual systems and structures. As a printmaker, I’m drawn to paper and water-based inks, rather than to paints and brushes on canvas. My work is an engagement with my materials and ideas of order: pattern, geometry, and symmetry. My recent work moves into three dimensions. The pieces are printed as two separate layers that are cut apart and reassembled with a bit of space between them so that they lift off the page. I use contrasts to engage your eyes with the work: hard edge vs. curved; solid vs. pattern; geometric vs. organic. There are two separate layers, an upper and a lower, each with its own technique and design element: pattern, color, direction, solid/void. Rotational and mirror symmetry generate patterns that seem chaotic and disordered, but that have an underlying order. I want to draw you to the work first through bright color and strong contrasts. On closer inspection, you should look deeper to find the pattern, which makes the work live in your mind after you leave the gallery." 

"Triangulations #2" - Bill Brookover

"Triangulations #2" - Bill Brookover

To see more of Bill's work please visit his website: http://billbrookover.com/
Twitter: @billbrookover
Instagram: @billbrookover
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bill.brookover

 

Theresa Reagan
A statement from the artist:

"I was born into a Philadelphia family of artists, musicians, actors and videographers, and from childhood, was always involved in anything creative. At age 12, I was involved in the family ceramic business, followed by photography at age 15. In college, I became fascinated with the abstract after my first art history paper on Munch, but didn’t pick up a paintbrush until years later, when hardship threatened to conquer my life. Art is my savior! My work mirrors the fluctuation of emotions during a very traumatic period in my life with intermittent periods of light and dark.

My empathetic gift along with a very strong ancestral intuition, allows me to instinctively create my work without any preconceived subject. Instead of searching for a subject or object, I lay down the medium, find a glimmer of an element with which I resonate and chisel out and add to the piece until it reflects my innermost feelings

Art is my passion and a wonderful gift that allows me to view life from a deeper perspective. It is a daily practice that involves my whole self, body, mind, and soul."

"Arising" - Theresa Reagan

"Arising" - Theresa Reagan

To see more of Theresa's work please visit her website: bodyofart2.com,
Instagram: @bodieofart2
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+TeriReagan/posts
 https://www.linkedin.com/in/reagancontenteditor?trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile

 

Valentina Sokolskaya
A statement from the artist:

"Long ago I noticed that I’m looking at the world around me as if through a viewfinder seeking that perfect shot. I’m fascinated with the beauty of the world around me from gorgeous landscapes to simple flowers in my backyard. The texture of a petal may evoke as much emotion as a mountain. I use photography as a way to communicate to others my feelings and impressions. I work with a wide range of topics and subjects. Travel photography initially sparked my interest in photography. Besides providing me with memories of my trips around the world, it also serves as endless source of artistic inspiration. Travels give me a chance to experience and capture the variety of colors, shapes and textures from diverse cultures and remote places. More recently, I was exploring macro photography, with its minute details that often escape us in our fast-paced lives."

"Ben Franklin Bridge" - Valentina Sokolskaya

"Ben Franklin Bridge" - Valentina Sokolskaya

To see more of Valentina's work please visit her website: www.sokolimages.com https://www.flickr.com/photos/sokolimages/

 

Arthur B. Ostroff
About the artist:

"Arthur Ostroff was born in Philadelphia and has a BFA in from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. A global traveler, his journeys began in the U.S. Army, which took him to Korea and Japan. Later travels took him to Europe. He lived in Amsterdam, Brussels, Rome and Prague, working in graphic design, art and illustration, audio visual production and design management. Ostroff has exhibited in Belgium, Holland, Italy, France, England, the Czech Republic, Canada and the U.S. His work is in collections in Europe, North America, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. In Philadelphia, his work has been shown at the Hahn Gallery, The Newman Galleries, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, as well as juried and invitational shows throughout the region. Among his awards are a Medaille d’Argent at the Grand Prix Concurs in France, Best in Show at the Scenes of the Schuylkill exhibition in Pottstown, PA, the Bertha M. Goldberg award at the PAFA Fellowship show, and First Prize Gold Medal at the Da Vinci Art Alliance Members Show. An active participant in the Philadelphia region, he is a former board member of The Plastic Club, Da Vinci Art Alliance and the Philadelphia Sketch Club."

"Voyageurs" and "Sentinels" - Arthur B. Ostroff

"Voyageurs" and "Sentinels" - Arthur B. Ostroff

To see more of Arthur's work please visit his website: www.aostroff.com