The eye-popping work of local photographer Rodger Bennett is the newly installed art exhibit at the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce’s Visitors Center. The Chamber features a different local artist’s work on a rotating basis.
“There are some smaller pieces up right now, with an eye toward adding decorator images,” said Bennett. “There’s a Zebra suite that I really like and a few foliage shots that are really pleasant to look at. We’ll rotate some images in and out over the next several months to keep the display fresh and interesting.”
“We are delighted to have Rodger’s stunning work for our seasonal display at the Chamber’s Visitors Center,” says Chamber president and CEO Bettina Hannigan. “Traditionally he has been our winter exhibitor and his work has brought so much joy to many of our visitors.”
All pieces will be for sale and customized sizes and media are available to order. Rodger Bennett Legacy Portraiture’s gallery is at 1234 Rhododendron Dr., suite 7. It shares the parking lot with Florence In Bloom.
“Carol and I are always happy to have people come by to look at images or just to chat. We are observing all COVID-19 protocols so people should wear their facemasks and be ready to observe social distancing,” he added. The Bennetts also operate their business consulting and bookkeeping service from the same location.
Bennett has many years of shooting still photos around the world and remains obsessed with the fundamentals that make a great photograph: light, shadows, composition, and emotion. Bennett’s work generally includes what he enjoys most—Oregon landscapes, wildlife, art, action photography, individual and family portraits, and business/commercial photography.
“I’m not traveling very much these days for obvious reasons,” he added. “It’s fun to go places in search of exotic subjects. Fortunately, we live in a beautiful place with plenty of opportunities to shoot good pictures.”
Bennett also appreciates the Chamber’s support of local art and artists.
“There’s little doubt that the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce is forward thinking in providing lots of reasons for people to think highly of our community. Chamber leadership realizes that cultural activity enhances the quality of life and stimulates commercial activity. It follows that showing the work of local artists is in all our best interests. I am extremely grateful to be included among all the other contributors who display Florence so well,” he said. “It’s an honor to have been chosen by the Chamber to hang my work in the Visitors Center.”
The Chamber is listed in the local art tour because of its ever-changing displays of photography, paintings, or three-dimensional art by local artists and galleries.
Bennett can be contacted at 541-991-0777 or through his website, PhotoByRodger.com. For more information about the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce, and how to join or volunteer, visit FlorenceChamber.com or call 541-997-3128.