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Treadwell, NY - Bright Hill Center?s Word and Image Gallery will present ?Even
the Hemlock: Reliquaries and Illuminations,? an interdisciplinary exhibit by Bertha
Rogers. The exhibit, for which Rogers was awarded both a Ludwig Vogelstein grant and
a New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Grant (administered in Delaware
County by the Roxbury Arts Group), will open on Sunday, August 3. During the
reception, which begins at 3 p.m. and ends at 5 p.m., Ms. Rogers will give a gallery talk
and reading of her poetry, which are included in the exhibit's catalog.
The exhibit, which features artists' books and boxes and two-dimensional
illuminations, will remain at Bright Hill through August 30; from September 1 through
October 3, it will be at the Elijah Thomas Gallery at the Delaware County Historical
Association; then travel to the Hanford Mills Museum (from October 4 through 31). From
November 3 through 26, it will be at the Roxbury Library Association; and from
December 6 through January 2, the show will be at the 96th Street Branch of the New
York Public Library in New York City. In 2004 the show will travel throughout the East.
The poems and critical reviews of Bertha Rogers have appeared in such journals
as Many Mountains Moving, The Macguffin, Connecticut Review, Laurel Review,
Karamu, Nimrod International journal of Prose and Poetry, Chelsea, Pivot, Yankee,
PoetryBay, and Barrow Street; and in several anthologies. Her poetry collections
include Sleeper, You Wake (Edwin Mellen, 1991), For the Girl Buried in the Peat Bog
(Six Swans Artists Editions, 1999), and A House of Corners, winner of the Maryland
State Poetry Literary Society and Review Competition (Three Conditions Press,
Baltimore, MD, 2000). Her translation of the Anglo-Saxon epic, Beowulf, was published
in 2000 (Birch Brook Press, Delhi, NY), and her interdisciplinary ?Beowulf? exhibits with
readings and workshops toured the East in 2001 and 2002. Rogers has held residency
fellowships at the MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony for the Arts, Caldera Artists
Colony, Hedgebrook Foundation for Women Writers, Hawthornden Castle International
Writers Retreat (Scotland), and the Julia and David White Artists Colony (Costa Rica).
In October 2001 she represented the US at the International Poetry Festival in Trois
Rivières, Quebec. In 2002, her poem ?Rhomboid? was named winner of
PhiloPhonema?s International Lyric Recovery Poem Competition by Alfred Corn, judge,
and was published in the ?Rain of One Ocean? Anthology (Headwaters Press, NYC,
Rogers?s visual art has been shown in more than 200 juried exhibits and in solo
shows throughout the US, among them New York City?s Steve Bush Gallery, Plieades
Gallery, and the New York Public Library; in New York State, at the Old Forge Library,
the Smithy-Pioneer Gallery, the Erpf Catskill Center, Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn;
AAO Gallery, Buffalo; the Walt Meade Gallery at Roxbury Arts Group; the Upper
Catskills Community Council on the Arts, Oneonta; Mountaintop Gallery, Windham;
Greene County Council on the Arts Gallery, Hudson; Kleinert Gallery, Woodstock;
Washington and Jefferson College, PA; Matrix Arts, CA; The New Art Forum, MA; the
University of Delaware; Abilene Fine Arts Museum, TX; and Rutgers University Gallery,
>From 1999 through 2001 she served on the New York State Council on the Arts
Literature Panel. She is the founding director and editor in chief of Bright Hill Press and
administrator of the New York State Council on the Arts Literary Curators web site,
http://www.nyslittree.org} She has been, for many years, a poet and visual artist in
residence in regional and downstate schools and colleges, including Hartwick College,
in Oneonta. She is an artist member of NY's Center for Book Arts and the Guild of Book
Workers, as well as PEN and the Poetry Society of America.
Word Thursdays/ Bright Hill Press's 2003 programs are made possible, in part,
by the New York State Council on the Arts, the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O'Connor
Foundation, the Walter Rich Charitable Foundation, the Otis A. Thompson Foundation,
the Dewar Foundation, the A. C. Molinari Foundation, the Merrill Family Foundation,
area businesses, and its members and friends. For further information and for
information about Bright Hill Press and its programs, see the organization's web site,
http://www.brighthillpress.org; contact Bright Hill Center at 607-829-5055, or email the
Center at wordthur@xxxxxxxxxxxx

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