The world-class work of local photographer Rodger Bennett’s winter exhibit at the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce’s Visitors Center and Gallery has been installed and is ready for locals and visitors to enjoy.


“We are delighted to again have Rodger’s stunning work for our winter display at the Chamber’s Visitors Center,” said Chamber president/CEO Bettina Hannigan. “His work has brought so much joy to visitors.”


“People will be amazed and delighted to know we have such an international caliber photographer in our midst here in Florence,” Hannigan added. “You really need to come see these pieces. They include absolutely stunning images of from iconic spots in our area, from around the world, and of wildlife.”


“It’s an honor to have been chosen again by the Chamber to hang my work in the Visitors Center Gallery,” said Bennett. “We hope that people visiting the Chamber will enjoy the showing,” Bennett said. There are a variety of sizes and a few decorator images, and we'll continue to rotate some images in and out over the next month or two to keep the display fresh and interesting.”


Bennett describes the exhibit as “An eclectic collection of metal prints; some new, some previously exhibited, a collection of photos of places or things that remind us of just how beautiful life is.”


Most of Bennett’s work is printed on high gloss metal giving it a stunning effect. “I just hope that visitors believe they haven't wasted their time in studying a sample of my art. Photos don't lie. They show the subject as it is. When people like looking at the images, I am grateful,” he added.


Among the works is “a good one of Hank, the Blue Heron, taken about nine miles up the Siuslaw. He visits his best pal, Nancy, on a regular basis. He consents to posing for portraits if he's amply compensated,” Bennett explained.


“It's rewarding to be included among those who are contributing to a positive community spirit through the Chamber’s gallery,” said Bennett. “The Florence Area Chamber is taking a high-level, multi-faceted approach to improving the economic climate, showing off the upbeat attitude and the attractiveness of the entire area. I feel privileged to be a member of the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce.”


All pieces are 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,” he added. Bennett can be contacted at 541-991-0777 or through his website, The Bennetts also operate their business consulting and bookkeeping service from the same location.


The Chamber features a different local artist’s work on a rotating basis and is open this winter from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For more information about the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce, and how to join or volunteer, visit or call 541-997-3128. The Chamber’s Visitor Center is at 290 Highway 101 in Florence.