Conway of Asia presents Botanical Therapy,
paintings by Barbara Rogers on December 3rd, 2021
Please Join us on Saturday, December 4th, 5PM for Artist Talk & Reception!
Mission St. between 5th & 6th
Conway of Asia Gallery & Gifts, in Carmel-by-the-sea, is proud to present a major exhibition by the renowned artist, Barbara Rogers, on December 3rd. Titled “Botanical Therapy,” the exhibition will showcase 35 exquisite paintings by Rogers that depicts the beauty of the botanical world. Rogers’ use of luscious colors, mysterious figures, and fantastical shapes portrays an original interpretation of the healing power of gardens.
Studied with renowned artists like Richard Diebenkorn, Rogers received her MA in Painting from UC Berkeley and was the recipient of the prestigious Eisner Prize. She has been a faculty member and visiting artist in various institutions throughout the country such as UC Berkeley, University of Chicago, San Jose State University, the San Francisco Art Institute, and Cooper Union, NY. In 2007, after Rogers’ long-established tenure as a respected educator, for which she had received numerous mentoring and teaching awards, she retired from teaching and was honored as Professor Emeritus at the University of Arizona School of Art. Her paintings remain as part of the permanent collections of many major museums including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Jose Museum of Art and the Oakland Museum.
Rogers’ connection to, and love of gardens, started during her early years growing up in Ohio, where she spent many childhood days helping her great aunt and grandmother plant and grow flowers, vegetables, and teas for healing. “The work that I make is inspired by those plants that are around me or the ones I travel hundreds of miles to go see. When I think about botanical therapy, I think about an exchange of energy and caring between plants and you. I see the plant as a family member or pet—I’ve got to groom it, clean it up, make it look good. In the process, it is giving me something that is as deep as meditation in that I’m not thinking about any of my own stuff at all.” - Barbara Rogers.
Featuring over 30 paintings, Botanical Therapy is about hope and healing. “There isn’t a gardener that isn’t a hopeful person” Rogers said. “Prayer comes to the gardener and is blessed by St. Fiacre. There is a deliberate action to put the seed into the soft ground and care for it with the intention that there is more beauty in life to come.”
This is the first opportunity Carmel art lovers will have the chance to meet the major works by Barbara Rogers at the new Carmel location of Conway of Asia Gallery & Gifts. We would love to invite you to come and be a part of this lovely moment of connection with nature. An artist talk will follow the artist reception on December 4th at 5pm, for which all our guests are welcome to attend.