Saturday, July 22, 2017

"You Can't Fight City Hall, But... Exhibition!"


The City of Covington's Gallery at City Hall will close the solo exhibition featuring local artist Ben Bensen III with a reception. Mayor Mike Cooper invites the public to attend on Tuesday, July 25 from 5 – 7 pm. Ben Bensen, a graduate with a BA in advertising from UL also received a BFA in illustration at the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. After three years of working as an art director and designer/illustrator at General Dynamics in Pomona, CA, Ben started his freelance career as a storyboards and comp artist. His unique style of rendering, his knowledge of type and design made him a reliable and valued asset at all the major ad agencies in the LA basin.

Ben is a member of the Society of Illustrators/Los Angeles, the Air Force Art Program, the American Society of Aviation Artists, the St. Tammany Art Association, Saatchi, and Saatchi Advertising Group, and various other advertising groups.He is currently living in Folsom with a new studio to pursue fine arts painting. In addition to his Plein Air work, he continues to serve the advertising community with traditional marker, digital and pencil storyboards. The exhibition closing reception will be held at The Gallery at City Hall located at Covington City Hall, 317 N. Jefferson Ave.

For more information, please contact Covington City Hall at 985-898-4715 or visit Find the City of Covington on Facebook! For more information on the art of Mr. Ben Bensen III, please contact him at 985-796-0972 or by email at

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

"Endless Possibilities, Then, Again..."

Top of the "HumptyDump" to you, all bodies!
All though I never got to see the little pals fledge yesterday morning, I spend about an hour with my binoculars, my Nikon, and a cup of coffee to witness the beginning of their leaving the nesting box. It was interesting to see the parents flying, fluttering and swooping up and down around the box to get the youngsters the message. One little guy actually came out from the hole as mom enticed it to follow her.
He took a look around, flapped his wings a couple of times and promptly jumped back into the safety of the nest. I couldn't stay to see all the bluebirds leave, so I later called up my wife to tell her about the show. She apparently went out to followup on the escape.
Later that day, I checked the box to see if any bird was left behind. There was only one unhatched egg left.
In all these years, I've never seen the entire family leave or where they seek shelter after leaving the nest, but we had a pretty strong storm that came through around dinner time and I wondered how those feathered friends made out.
As the wind, the rain and the thunder surrounded us, I turned to our cocker spaniel and said,"You got it made in the shade, dude!"
First cup...

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