Artspring Gallery @ cottrill’s opera house
Ruth Blackwell Rogers
Why Do I Paint?
For the sheer joy of it. To make visible what I see in my head. 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 gratitude and prayers for all beings. Because it is what I know how to do.
Sunday, may 5th
noon - 3 p.m.
april 5th - may 18th, 2019
Each of these paintings celebrates a particular forest type from around the world, including the forest we live in here in West Virginia: the Temperate Deciduous Forest. Others depicted are the Boreal Forest, the Tropical Rain Forest, the Mediterranean Forest, the Coniferous Forest, the Cloud Forest, the salt water swamp forest, and the Savannah or Parkland Forest.
Ruth Blackwell Rogers has lived and painted in Randolph County, West Virginia, for over forty years.
She received her BA in Studio Art from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and her MFA in Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has exhibited in numerous solo and 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 in the United States 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. Rogers has taught English as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Korea, and art at Dana Hall School in Massachusetts. She designed her studio and the family’s passive solar home. Since the early 1990’s she has been involved in environmental activism, and since 2006 has helped found and develop Saranam Retreat Center in Montrose, West Virginia.
She and her husband have three children and three grandchildren.