Watercolors in the hall
The artist poses beside one of her many watercolor paintings now on exhibit.

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Watercolors in the hall

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
11/25/2015


ISLIP TOWN—On Tuesday evening, the Islip Arts Council held an opening reception for a new art exhibition at Islip Town Hall featuring the work of local East Islip watercolor artist Jeanne Rogers. The display is part of the Arts Council’s ongoing “Art in the Hall” program, which selects local artists’ work in the space outside the town boardroom throughout the calendar year.

The general theme largely consists of beautifully vibrant winter landscapes and scenery from across Long Island and New York State, along with some autumn and floral pieces.

“I think the time of year is appropriate right now, and I also think people like images of snow,” said Rogers. “I like something that gives a mood, and each of these works seems to do that.”

While some of the pieces offer a more realistic interpretation of their respective subjects, others are more abstract and showcase Rogers’s ability to filter the scenery through her personal artistic sensibilities.

“I find scenes that appeal to me much like a photographer would do, but I also try to interpret it with my own vision,” she said.

Rogers said that she has been painting for most of her life, and began receiving compliments on her abilities as early as kindergarten.

“My family is quite artistic,” said Rogers. “My mother was an interior designer, and her father owned a painting and decorating business. He used to be hired to paint borders of roses around mansions. 

“So it was kind of a gift, but I also studied art,” noted Rogers.

Rogers received her BFA from the College of Ceramics Design at Alfred University and her M.S. in art education from New Paltz, with post-grad studies at C.W. Post and Parsons School of Design. Before working as a freelance artist, she worked as an art teacher in the Sayville School District and the Hewlett and Torah private schools, later becoming an art consultant and adjunct professor at Dowling College. 

Rogers recently completed a two-term presidency of four years for the Suffolk Branch of the National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW)—an organization of artists, writers and composers. She also belongs to the South Bay Art Association (SBAA), Wet Paints Studio Art Group and the Brookhaven Arts and Humanities Council. In addition, she is a member of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and has been included in their recent publication “Remarkable Women in New York State History.” As a board member of the Long Island Studies Council, she finds their group expeditions to Long Island’s historic places as sources of inspiration for her work.

Nowadays, Rogers’s award-winning work is displayed throughout Long Island. Islip Arts Council Executive Director Lynda Moran said that her work was a welcome addition to the “Art in the Hall” series.

“She’s a great local artist,” said Moran. “We’re very happy to be able to share her work with the community.”

Works in this exhibition may be purchased by contacting the Islip Arts Council, which receives 20 percent of all proceeds. For more information, call 224-5420 or visit www.IslipArts.org.

To contact Jeanne Rogers, call her home studio at 581-3239 or email Jvrogers1@yahoo.com.