Painter, singer, dancer joins benefit show

Photo courtesy of Scott Saalman
Graciela Perrone of Jasper paints, sings and dances. The arist will share some of her paintings, including “Sara Baras Original Oil on Canvas,” and perform with the Will Read and Sing for Food Players at 7 p.m. Thursday at Sultan’s Run Golf Course.

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JASPER — Uruguay native Graciela Perrone, now living in Jasper, is a triple art threat: she’s an accomplished painter, singer and dancer. Thursday, Perrone will demonstrate her love of dance at a Will Read and Sing for Food show raising money for Kappa Kappa Kappa’s Clothe The Children event.

The 7 p.m. show at Sultan’s Run Golf Course marks WRASFF’s 89th performance and will include, as usual, live music and humor stories — but with an added twist: flamenco dancing.

Scott Saalman, host and founder of the award-winning show, met Perrone when he and his daughter participated in a lesson during her Tuesday night flamenco dance class at Fit Together Group Fitness in Jasper.

“My favorite part was watching Graciela express her art as Spanish music pulsated around us,” says Saalman. “Then it clicked. What a great thing to add to our show. We also intend to display some of her wonderful paintings and play some of her recorded music.”

The show will also feature the music of Bethany Boeglin, Kyle Lueken and Newburgh singer-songwriter Vesper Days, who is new to the show. Saalman, Abbie Rumbach and Jasper High School student Willy Krosnyak will read their humor stories. Krosnyak placed second in WRASFF’s humor writing contest earlier this year.

In 1995, Perrone immigrated to the U.S. where she discovered flamenco dancing, which quickly became her highest source of artistic inspiration. She settled in Louisville, where she joined the Ballet Español. Perrone taught and danced in the ballet for several years and studied flamenco in Spain, Granada, Cadiz, Seville and Jerez de la Frontera.

Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, Perrone was surrounded by pencils and colors as a child. In 1996, she was selected by the government of Uruguay to paint more than 30 reproductions of paintings by famous Uruguayan artist Pedro Figari.

Perrone has studied under Janice “Bug” Uttde and Joan Judah and has been a success at Louisville’s nationally renowned St. James Court Art Show. Her paintings have also been featured at the Kentucky Center for the Arts.
She is involved with projects that combine her painting and dancing passions, touring with her dance and artwork with Tim Rise (saxophonist of the Rolling Stones) and his Rolling Stones Project in Louisville, Chicago, Ann Arbor, New York City, and Philadelphia.

She performed with Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour, in Lexington, Ky. Songs from her album “Graciela” are in two movies, “Keep Your Distance,” directed by Stu Pollard and “Higher Ground,” a mountain Culture film. Her album can be heard on Spotify.

Perrone has performed with the Louisville Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony and the Louisville and Cincinnati operas. She also exhibited and performed at the Consulate of Uruguay in Chicago, representing her country.
Internationally-famous flamenco dancer Sara Baras owns several of Peronne’s paintings. Her work was recently exhibited in an art gallery in Luxembourg.

WRASFF received the 2016 Project Award presented by the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana. Since Oct. 2011, the show has raised $67,000 for various local charities via the generosity of its audiences.

Admission to Thursday’s show is $10 per person, with tickets available at the door. A cash bar and food will be available from Sultan’s Run kitchen.


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