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Artwork,  acrylic paintings, oil paintings, watercolor paintings, mixed media painting | North Port, Florida

Bonnie E. Rodgers artwork includes beautiful acrylic paintings as well as watercolor, oils and mixed media paintings.  Born in Columbus, Wisconsin and living throughout the eastern regions of the United States has given me, artist Bonnie Rodgers, a lot of subject matter to paint.  Married to Samuel Rodgers, raising three children, and now enjoying seven grandchildren and a great grandchild is my pleasure.

When I found art through therapy for injuries, I discovered a love for expression with vibrant colors no matter whether I am painting acrylic, oil, mixed media or watercolor or using pastels to enhance my mixed media artwork. en Plein Aire painting keeps me connected to the land, life, and nature. No matter where I am I take a part of it away with me ... within my soul.  A Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting, a Bachelor of Science with a Marketing emphasis, and a Masters of Fine Art, magna cum laude in all three, helped me to believe that I could enter the exciting and challenging journey of an art career with an understanding of my artistic voice.  I now serve on committees for art regionally and hold membership in national organizations which help me to compete nationally for prestigious awards and keep connected to the heartbeat of the art community.   National Mother's Incorporation recognized my winning piece, a watercolor painting titled "Tea and Roses" as a second place winner after receiving first place in Nebraska.  Numerous awards for my artwork like the prestigious “Grumbacher” award and medallion from the Grumbacher Company in recognition of outstanding artwork has given my work validity. As a business owner, recognition with Who’s Who in Executive and Professionals was an honor.  Scholarships  have helped  to advance my knowledge by continuing to study with national and international artists like George Kountoupus with oil paintings, Larry Blovits with pastel paintings, Rose Edin, Sheila Parsons,  Paul Jackson and Anne Abgott with watercolor paintings, George "Papa" Tutt with acrylic paintings and mixed media paintings to name a few.  Now  I paint... the fabric of my life. 

Teaching adult  classes and workshops has become a passion because I am able to interact with adults to experience how art can be a way of expressing the pain of bumps and bruises sustained by life.  Students say my classes are upbeat, full of energy, and provide alot of useful knowledge.  My projects and critiques have been widely acclaimed as a “kick start” to the artist’s ego and for not holding back on all the professional techniques I have found to work.   Students leave with a new vision of their work and a willingness to take their old paintings out and look at them with “new” eyes.   Check out my Adult Art Classes and Workshops and children's art classes.

Traveling has become a pleasure that enables me to capture different subject matter nationally and abroad through “en Pleine Aire” and photographs that I incorporate into my art to complete stories with oil paintings, watercolor paintings, and acrylic paintings.   Dr. Becky Olephant helped me to understand my need to find rewarding activity that made my life meaningfully happy and Dr. Francis Thurber encouraged me to journalize and sketch  ideas and thoughts for new paintings and recognize my role in the arts for women.  Dr. George "Papa" Tutt gave me courage to continue to paint oil paintings, acrylic paintings, watercolor paintigs and not let anyone stop me for painting mixed media paintings too.

My art disclaimer: Over the years, critics have tried to push me to declare my artistic style, though style is little more than a technique that galleries, art critics, or art historians use to recognize one work from another, and declare its worth. I want my work to reflect my diverse interests, skills, and mastery of various media techniques. I strive to be honest, create from my heart, and let my soul soar in the creative process. Reining me in stops the creative being that I am.  I will not allow anyone to limit my expressivity.

Award, Honors, and Further Studies:

National Fine Art:

Landscape Artists International, American Watercolor Society, Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society, member

Charlotte County Art Fair, "Crystal" watercolor painting, first place
Charlotte County Air Fair, "St. James" oil painting, Best of Show
North Port Art Center, Hororable Mention, "Bonnets", a watercolor painting, September 2012

The Artist’s Magazine, December 2007, Finalist, “Country Living”,  experimental collage, award

Art-Exchange.com, New York Art Expo, June 2007, art show

Art-Exchange.com, Las Vegas Expo, September 2006, art show

Who's Who in Executives and Professionals, awarded

American Mothers, Inc. 2002, Second Place in Watercolor for “Tea and Roses”, award

Nebraska Mothers Association, 2002, first Place in watercolor for "Tea and Roses", award
and many more

 

Regional Fine Art Shows:
Royale Palms Nov-Dec 2013
West Charlotte City Annex July-Aug 2013
Family Services Jan-Feb 2013
Florida Gulf Coast University Mar-Apr 2013

Two-person show at North Port City Hall, January - March 2011

sArte', North Port, Florida, October 2010, demonstrations

Hanover, Pennsylvania, Hanover Art Guild, November 2009, member & show

Vice-President, Omaha Artists Inc. 2008, served

Gwen McKenzie Fellowship Award, 2006

Silver Palette, February 2005, “Fury in the Eyes” second place award

Award Of Excellence “Country Living” 2005, Association Of Nebraska Art Clubs

Silver Palette, February 2005, “Purple Majesty” Honorable mention award

Genie Schaffer Scholarship, OAI, February 2005, award

Certificate of Appreciation, OAI, Publicity Chairperson 2004, award

Certificate of Appreciate for Art Show Chairperson 2004, award

Association of Nebraska Art Clubs, Honorable Mention, “Purple Majesty” 2004, ward

Omaha Artists Inc, Honorable Mention, watercolor, “Variegated Beauty” 2004, award

Nebraska State Sarpy County Fair, First Place, mixed media, “Spring Into Color” 2003, award

Nebraska Mothers Association, First Place, Watercolor, “Tea and Roses” 2002, award 

Bellevue Artists Association, Silver Palette, First Place, 2001, award

Opal Parmentor Fellowship Award, February 2001

Grumbacher Award 2000

Hillmer Art Gallery, Fourth Place ”Marquette Michigan Lighthouse” October 2000, award

Golden Key National Honor Society, 1996 to present, membership

Emma Butz Tidball Scholarship, 1998, awarded

Kay Crawford Scholarship, UNO 1997-1998, awarded

SAP Scholarship, 1996, awarded

UNO, Margaret Naylor Scholarship, 1995-1996, awarded

Semi-finalist national poetry contest, 1996, two poems, award

UNO Fine Arts College Mentoring Program, Fall Semester 1997, served

National Amputee Association Scholarship 1995-1996, awarded