Lyghtesome Gallery is featuring recent oil and watercolour paintings by well-known Antigonish artist William (Bill) Rogers in a solo exhibition from October 14 to November 8.  Bill Rogers was born in North Sydney and taught school in Cape Breton for many years before deciding to devote all of his time and energy to a blossoming parallel career as a visual artist.  He moved to Antigonish in 2001 and in addition to exhibiting his work throughout the Maritimes and teaching part time in the Fine Arts Dept. at St.F.X. University, he began to participate in plein-air festivals in Quebec and the United States.  He became a juried member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour (CSPWC), a signature member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America (TWSA) and the Société Canadienne de l'Aquarelle (SCA).  He became the Director of the CSPWC after serving as the Atlantic Director for several years.

2014 has been a banner year for Bill Rogers' artistic career.  In May he received the honour of a lifetime by being chosen to accompany Prince Charles, HRH and the Duchess of Cornwall as the Royal Tour artist on their recent visit to Canada.  It was a whirlwind tour of just over three days in mid-May and included stops in Halifax, Pictou, Charlottetown and Winnipeg.

A plein-air watercolour painter in his own right, Prince Charles chose Bill Rogers from a list of nominees who were all members of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour (CSPWC), the oldest watercolour society in Canada of which His Highness is an honorary member.  Reviving a tradition established by Queen Victoria of having an artist record the Royal Tours, Prince Charles began bringing an artist along on his travels during the 1980’s, funding the artists’ travel expenses himself.  Bill was told to paint what he liked at each location, the result being a collection of paintings from which His Highness will choose one or more for his own private collection.

In addition to the Royal Tour, Bill Rogers was accepted this year into the juried Carmel Art Festival in Carmel, California, participated in the prestigious Easton Plein-Air Festival in Easton, Maryland and the Castine Plein-Air Festival in Castine, Maine.  He taught an oil/acrylic workshop at Artsplace in Annapolis Royal this fall and will be traveling to Bermuda in November to teach a week-long watercolour class.  In September he was invited to teach a semi-wilderness plein-air Master Class in Watercolour through the McMichael Gallery in Kleinburg, Ontario, known for its outstanding Canadian art collection.  The class combined an intensive painting experience with hikes and nature talks in Killarney Provincial Park, a park best known for inspiring painters in the Group of Seven.

In conjunction with his solo show at Lyghtesome Gallery, Bill Rogers will be giving a Public Talk at Peoples' Place Library in the Community Room on Thursday, October 16th from 7-9pm, offering stories and visuals from all of his recent experiences. Everyone is welcome!