The John Rogers Memorial Art Show Reception was held on Friday, November 30th with a crowd of over 100 artists and friends. The Art League of Nassau County and the family of John Rogers sponsored the retrospective show of Rogers' watercolors at the Clinton G. Martin Recreational Center.
The large watercolor paintings depict pastoral scenes in different seasons.
ALNC president, Tim Savage remarked “The mission of the Art League is service. I am proud to have given the Rogers family the opportunity to put their father’s work back in the public view. I thank them for reaching out to us to exhibit his work.”
Elmont artist Rogers was most prolific during the 1940s to the 1970s. He was a beloved local art instructor, New York Times illustrator and professional artist. Major corporations such as Bethlehem Steel commissioned his works. John was author of Watercolor Simplified, as well as a past president of the Art League. For many years after his passing, the ALNC had an annual "John Rogers Art Sale." The Rogers' family and league members donated paintings for auction with proceeds going to local charities.
In a revival of that sale, the Rogers family donated a watercolor snow scene for raffle. Other items from members, including a selection of local wine, art supplies and gourmet tea and coffee were auctioned as well.
The Art League of Nassau County would like to thank Jean and Don Rogers and their family for their generous gift and the opportunity for the next generation of the public to see their dad's work. The show remains on view until mid- December.
The ALNC, formed in 1925, has four goals for its members: To exhibit their art in public, have workshops, to give artists an opportunity to join together in fellowship and to host monthly demonstrations by our area’s top fine artists in various mediums. It meets at the Clinton G. Martin Recreation Center, located at 1601 Marcus Avenue, at the corner of Marcus and New Hyde Park Road near Union Turnpike. The next meeting will be in January with a watercolor demonstration by Denis Ponsot. All residents are invited. Refreshments provided. Please visit www.ArtLeagueofNC.org for more information.