November 12, 2007

Steve Rogers' working vessels

"Steve Rogers," Gallery 1683, Annapolis, MD. Through Nov. 18.

Steve Rogers, a painter and model boat builder is a member of the American Society of Marine Artists, has painted many of the working vessels of the Delaware and Chesapeake Bays, as well as those of the Maine seacoast. Janice F. Booth reports in The Capital: "With names like 'Quiet Cove,' 'Girdletree at Oyster Point' and 'Red Neck and Gizzard,' Mr. Rogers's work often focuses on sturdy skipjacks or crabbers. Shore grasses, water and sky wrap these sturdy vessels in lush color and light. Under Steve Rogers' practiced brush, the rusty gunwales and marred hulls take on the dignity of wizened elders. He explains that his paintings 'capture the toughness and durability of everyday working boats and the sheer beauty and stark terror of the weather and waters they work in. I've always painted,' said Mr. Rogers. 'I paint what interests me, and I am amazed that people want to buy the paintings ... I'm definitely of the Brandywine School of Painting ... American realism.'" Mr.Roger's work will be exhibited in the The Rahmi M KoƧ Museum in Istanbul, Turkey. The museum is dedicated to the history of transport, industry and communications.

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