FEATURED ARTIST: JULIA ROGERS

“The Long Stretch” Revealed as 2017 Waterfowl Festival Signature Piece

 

The 47th Annual Waterfowl Festival is proud to reveal this year’s signature work of art, “The Long Stretch”, created by its 2017 Featured Artist Julia Rogers.

Rogers, a local Eastern Shore painter, is an acclaimed wildlife artist at the local, regional and national level. She says, “When you see the place you live through an artist’s vision, it inspires you and renews your love of the beauty that is here and your commitment to conserving it.”

The 2017 featured piece spotlights an elegant, white Tundra Swan spreading its massive wings in the morning light. Rogers’ use of light and color reflecting off the water gives the painting action and depth, particularly against the backdrop of a Chesapeake Bay marsh teaming with geese and other black-billed Tundra Swans. “I love the color opportunities when painting white subjects,” Rogers explains. “The back lighting was so dramatic and the shadows created so many shades of blue. I also wanted to conjure up the rush of wings and the haunting sounds of the swan’s call.”

A Waterfowl Festival artist for many years, Rogers was honored to be chosen to create this year’s signature piece. She has been highlighted in the prestigious annual “Birds in Art Exhibition” at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, where her work has been purchased for their selective permanent collection. She is a regular exhibitor at the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston South Carolina and also attends other wildlife art shows across the country. Rogers is also a member and serves on the Board of the Society of Animal Artists and regularly exhibits in their annual show.

“I was so inspired by Julia’s vision and the final painting,” commented Margaret Enloe, Waterfowl Chesapeake Executive Director. “The Long Stretch perfectly captures the vibrancy of one of our most beautiful winter water birds and, for me, perfectly uses movement, light and detail to subtly show the interconnectedness of our ecosystem. We are honored to have this as our 2017 Featured Art piece.”

The painting, which measures 26”x40” and is offered at $12,000, will be formally unveiled during the Festival’s VIP Premiere Night Party on Thursday November 9, 2017. More information is available by calling 410.822.4567, visiting www.waterfowlfestival.org or emailing featuredartist@waterfowlfestival.org.

2017 Featured Artist: Julia Rogers

 

The Waterfowl Festival is pleased to announce Julia Rogers as the 2017 Featured Artist. As an Easton resident, Rogers has both an artist’s and local’s view of the Festival’s marriage of art and conservation. “When you live here and go on about your life, you start to take it all for granted. So when you see the place you live through an artist’s vision, it renews your love of the beauty that is here and your commitment to conserving it.”

Rogers, the Festival’s first female Featured Artist, is an acclaimed wildlife painter at the local, regional and national level. She is a member and serves on the Board of the Society of Animal Artists and regularly exhibits in their annual show. She has also been featured in the prestigious Birds in Art Exhibition and had work purchased by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. She is a regular exhibitor at the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston South Carolina and also attends other wildlife art shows across the country.

As Featured Artist, Rogers will create an exclusive, Eastern Shore inspired painting that will be sold only at the 2017 Waterfowl Festival. The image will also be featured on this year’s Festival poster. In addition, Rogers’ exhibit at the Festival will also showcase her Eastern Shore roots and will focus on the wildlife, habitat and landscapes of the Chesapeake Bay Region.

For additional information or to place an order, contact the Featured Artist committee at featuredartist@waterfowlfestival.org and someone will be in touch!


“We are thrilled with this year’s Featured Artist selection,” said Waterfowl Festival President, Albert Pritchett. “As a resident of the Eastern Shore and long-tenured exhibitor, Julia has a unique understanding of the Festival and its impact on the local community as well as the intersection between art and conservation. It has been the Festival’s pleasure to showcase her work as it has evolved over the course of her career.”

— Albert Pritchett, Festival President

“I am truly honored and proud to have been selected as this year’s Featured Artist, and I am especially pleased that a woman was chosen for the first time.  In wildlife and sporting art, there are not that many female artists, so it’s important and significant for women to receive recognition.”

— Julia Rogers, 2017 Featured Artist