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August 3 to September 1, 2013

     According to famed operatic soprano Beverly Sills, "There are no shortcuts to any place worth going." Most artists would agree that this philosophy applies especially to their artwork. During the month of August 2013 the DeBlois Gallery proudly featured the work of two women, Rita Rogers (paintings) and Rodie Seigler (sculpture), who have both enjoyed long and successful careers as artists. During these years both women have worked tirelessly to experiment, learn, and develop their respective craft. In each case, their success as an artist has been due, not only to their inborn creativity, but in large part to their determination, commitment to excellence and a tireless passion for the creation of their art that has spanned many decades.


Rita Rogers has been a Newport resident since 1972. Her work has been widely exhibited throughout New England including a major retrospective show at the Ilgenfritz Gallery of the Newport Art Museum in 2009. As the recipient of several very prestigious grants and fellowships, she has earned much respect for her work throughout the arts community. She has worked continuously on developing her own artistic vision and personal style. She describes her paintings as "non-narrative art", aimed at evoking  or communicating a feeling in the viewer. She goes on to explain,"I paint directly on the canvas without even a sketch, but there will always be something on my mind. It will be something spatial or poetic, not usually visual, but a sensation - something that I have felt. That's where I start." Her masterful use of color, texture, space and movement are evident in her abstract expressionist paintings that are bold yet meditative. 


Rodie Seigler, who has been a member of DeBlois Gallery since 1987, has studied printmaking and painting and is also an accomplished photographer. Her true passion, however, is her ceramic sculpture. Although she has created a vast and impressive body of sculptural work, she is perhaps best known for her pieces which have incorporated some aspect of the human form. In fact, as she once explained, "I find that I'm not particularly interested in looking at art that has nothing in it of the human body...so I make the body in parts, leaving the rest to the imagination." For this show, however, Seigler has created a new series of work. She will exhibit a collection of ceramic bowls that she has embellished with sculptural forms of living things. Each hand formed piece boasts her relief sculptures of animal forms such as fish, elephant heads and, of course, her beloved greyhounds. Finally, each piece is uniquely glazed to compliment both the sculpture and the vessel.