Ruth Blackwell Rogers Solo Exhibition in Great Hall through Jan. 20, 2010
A solo exhibition of the work of local artist Ruth Blackwell Rogers of Kerens is currently on display in the Randolph County Community Arts Center. The opening reception for the exhibit will be Friday, Dec. 10 from 5-7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
Rogers’ exhibition, entitled “Heart of the World’ and Other Recent Series”, will be on display in the Great Hall of the RCCAC through Jan. 20.
Among the series of paintings included in the exhibit are “Heart of the World” (2010), “You Are the Pearl” (2010), “Listening” (2008-2010), “Burning Bush” (2008), and “Stream-Enterers” (2005).
“Why do I paint? For the sheer joy of it,” Rogers said in her artist’s statement for the exhibit. “To make visible what I see in my mind. To nudge us into using all our faculties to see, perceive, understand. To record the life-force within and around everything. To contribute to the making-whole of the community. To put in physical form my prayers for all beings. Because it is what I know how to do.”
Rogers has lived and painted in Randolph County for more than 30 years. She received her BA in Studio Art from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and her MFA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Rogers has exhibited in more than three dozen solo shows and numerous group shows in museums, colleges, galleries and conferences in the U.S. and abroad. She has been a presenter or keynote speaker at a dozen social work, psychology, and art therapy conferences here and abroad. Since 1992, she and her husband Hugh Rogers have toured her re-telling of the Hopi creation story, entitled “Four Worlds So Far,” in the form of a long scroll.
The RCCAC, a non-profit organization promoting and supporting the arts in Randolph County and the surrounding areas, is located at the corner of Randolph Avenue and Park Street in Elkins. The RCCAC is supported by the West Virginia Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment For the Arts. Call the RCCAC office at 637-2355 for information on its arts education classes, exhibits, concert series, and children’s concert series.
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