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New York Artist Shop to host reception

Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 2:37 pm

The New York Artist Shop, 1124 New York Ave., St. Cloud, is hosting  an artist reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday featuring Marlene Rogers, the artist of the month.

The New York Artist shop in downtown St. Cloud will host a reception Friday for Marlene Rogers, artists of the month. Shown above is a sample of her work.

The New York Artist shop in downtown St. Cloud will host a reception Friday for Marlene Rogers, artists of the month. Shown above is a sample of her work.

After retiring from 36 years of teaching, Rogers said she was bored and wasn’t enjoying life as she had anticipated, according to an Artist Shop press release. It wasn’t until she was introduced again to one of her passions that started from her first art class in the early 1950s.
“The last paintings I did were in 1970 as Christmas gifts for the family, but my artistic endeavors ended there, until three years ago,” Rogers said. “I am a computer fanatic and somehow I found the art sites and YouTube art tutorials. I was in my glory and I bought art supplies to follow along with some truly great teachers.”
She also took beginner watercolor classes and since has worked with pastels, acrylics, watercolors and
mixed media.
“I love the challenge of trying new techniques, especially when I get interesting results,” Rogers said.
Currently, her interest is watercolor, and she enjoys painting buildings and
landscapes.
“I like detail work instead of the loose watercolor technique, but who knows my interest may change and I may be drawn in that direction. I also would like to get back to acrylics,” she said.
Rogers said she had no interest in public showing of her work because she didn’t think the quality of the work was good enough. That was the case until she saw artwork done by Tricia Eisen, a renowned artist whom she taught with. Rogers said it is was Eisen’s encouragement that she decided to try placing her artwork in a gallery. She suggested New York Artist Shop, where Eisen has artwork on display.
“I went to St. Cloud to see the gallery and fell in love instantly, and Denise the owner  accepted me as a new artist for her gallery,” Rogers said. “I was thrilled, and it was at that point that I felt I had crossed over from being a painter and earned the title of ‘artist.’

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