Artist’s Talk & Reading: Bertha Rogers
Catskill area artist, Bertha Rogers, who lives on a mountain farm, will present an artist’s talk and read from her poetry on Wednesday September 18 at 6PM.
The galleries, that exhibit her work in Wild/ Not Wild, will open at 5:30PM.
The program is free but, as always, reservations are recommended.
Wild Not Wild will be on view through Saturday September 21. The gallery is open Saturday 10am-1pm, and daily by appointment or chance. Contact by telephone, 607-547-5327, email firstname.lastname@example.org text 315-941-9607.
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Wild / Not Wild features the work of established artists, Marilynn Gelfman Karp, Charlotteville, NY and Bertha Rogers, Treadwell, NY. Both artists are longtime observers of the natural world and incorporate elements in their mixed media pieces, which inform or inspire their aesthetic. Ms Rogers’ selections from her Natural Catskillsseries tease out the all-but-invisible wild animals that haunt the woods which surround her mountain farm.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: “These works are about changes—in individual lives and in the environment we inhabit,” Bertha Rogers stated about her Natural Catskills work. She continued, “I am deeply interested in the relationship of the human self to nature and beyond;I believe that humans must learn to relate to other species, that those relationships could be our salvation in a terrifying world.” Ms Rogers encourages people to look at “things” in new ways, “ presenting a new outlook on everything from insects to widows. The concrete is interesting, but what is also interesting is what is not seen, only implied—perceptions of the imperceptible.” Text is inherent to Ms Rogers’s mixed media pieces, who is also a wordsmith/poet. A child of the flat Iowa landscape, she is particularly awed at the Upstate Catskills mountains and wildlife, which she often celebrates in her poems. Her prolific work has been included in numerous anthologies, most recently in Like Light: 25 Years of Poetry & Prose by Bright Hill Poets & Writers(which she also edited). Her translation of Beowulfwas published in 2000, and her translation with illuminations of the Anglo-Saxon Riddle-Poems from the Exeter Book, Uncommon Creatures, was published in 2019. Rogers’s paintings, illuminations, and artist’s books have been shown throughout the US and abroad. In 2007 the Association of Teaching Artists conferred the Distinguished Service to the Arts in Education Field Award to her. Ms Rogers founded, with her husband the late Ernest M. Fishman, the Bright Hill Press & Literary Center of the Catskills in Treadwell, NY. She led the development of the New York State Literary Web Site and Literary Map in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). ### ###