The eye-popping work of local photographer Rodger Bennett is featured in the monthly art exhibit at the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce’s Visitor Center in November. The Chamber features a different local art exhibit each month.
Bennett’s exhibit includes nine of his photos, self-framed, on high-gloss metal with sharp-as-a-tack detail and brilliant color. The pieces vary in size from medium-sized accent photos to larger murals. There is also one of his photos printed on canvas with a floating frame. All are available to purchase after the exhibit ends in December.
“This year’s theme is largely wildlife that I enjoy photographing and displaying,” says Bennett. “Most are North American but there are a couple of African creatures mixed in. It is pretty typical of my studio in Old Town, although there are no portraits on display. I really enjoy making portraits that people like,” he adds. “The studio is full of more photos…and many stories.”
“There are a couple of familiar local scenes on display as well; although the images are not the more often seen views of the sights we call our own,” he adds.
Bennett has many years of shooting and processing still photos and remains obsessed with the fundamentals that make a great photograph: light, shadows, composition, and emotion. But to the question of his certificates or honors, he’ll only admit to “a few prizes and ribbons and lots of ooohs and aaaahhs.”
Bennett’s work generally includes what he enjoys most—Oregon landscapes, wildlife, art, action photography, individual and family portraits, and business/commercial photography.
Regarding Florence’s burgeoning art scene, Bennett thinks it is on a very positive trajectory.
“It seems that the quality of art in Florence has been pretty remarkable, but the display and marketing of local work has taken a giant step up. The local galleries just seem to get better and better,” he says.
“It’s an honor to have been chosen by the Chamber to hang my work in the Visitor Center,” he adds. “And I’m thankful that the Chamber appears to see the commercial, as well as the aesthetic and cultural values, of local people’s creative abilities. The Chamber’s support is certainly meaningful and appreciated. It’s flattering to have one’s work included with all the attractive displays that are shown throughout the year.”
“We are delighted to have Rodger’s work on display this month at the Chamber’s visitor center,” says Chamber executive director Bettina Hannigan. “The Chamber is listed in the local art tour listings because of our monthly displays of photography, paintings, or three-dimensional art by local artists and galleries.”
Bennett’s studio is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 1234 Rhododendron Dr. #7 in Florence. His phone number is 541-991-0777 and his website is PhotoByRodger.com. In November, the Chamber’s Visitors Center is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For more information about the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce, and how to join or volunteer, visit FlorenceChamber.com or call 541-997-3128.