Artist Reception August 12, 2016 5-8 pm
Most of RodgerEllingson’s paintings are done on location or are based upon his plein air paintings. Mostly self taught, he took some art classes in college and began painting later in life. Growing up in Sioux Falls, Rodger returned after teaching, working summers for the United States Forest Service and camps in Wyoming, Montana, Minnesota, and the Black Hills. Living in these areas has influenced his art. He recently retired from the Sioux Falls School District, where he was a teacher. He is married to Sheila and has a son, Charlie, who attends Lincoln High School. Rodger’s work may be viewed at Eastbank Art Gallery and at regional art fairs.
WorkIng mostly in watercolor and acrylic, Rodger does not usually paint portraits of people but often does paint the places where people have gathered over time. The current show includes gathering places such as churches, theaters, and camps. Some places, such as our falls, have attracted people to create their towns. Some paintings may represent large group gatherings such as theaters and churches. Others may be small, such as a good camping spot. Some of the work is new, some older. Hope you enjoy!