Disney and Discovery Channel Artist to Speak in Vernon

“On camera expert” on the Discovery Channel TV series, Animal Face-Off, and Disney Channel’s The Great African Wildlife Rescue to speak at Allan Brooks Nature Centre Summer Sunset Speaker Series in Vernon

Presentation by Ellen Rogers
Tuesday evening, July 30, 7 – 9 pm
Allan Brooks Nature Centre Summer Sunset Speaker Series

Meet the artist, view the new project, and take part in the presentation of recent and past works leading to this project!
Caetani Cultural Centre and Allan Brooks Nature Centre Partnership
Meet Ellen Rogers from New York State!

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Artist-in-Residence Ellen Rogers will present a talk to the local community that introduces her past and present artwork and her wildlife conservation history.

Ellen Rogers’ art focuses on hybrids or chimeras, part human, part animal. She highlights the connection between people and the environment, emphasizing that we are all part of a larger whole.

Her goal for the residency is to build sculptures and installations that visually tie together the interconnectedness of people and nature. The sculptures will be displayed for the public, and she will donate a sculpture to the residency. The larger sculptures are currently being installed on the grounds of the Allan Brooks Nature Centre.

The summer residency series is a joint partnership between the Caetani Cultural Centre and the Allan Brooks Nature Centre. Ellen is residing at the Caetani House during her one month residency from July 2 – 31. She is working primarily on-site at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre, and also at the Caetani Cultural Centre – the public is invited to visit her on-site during their regular hours.

Ellen Messner Rogers is a recent MFA graduate from Visual Studies Department at the University at Buffalo, as well as an alumnus of Harvard and Tufts University. Her background combines science and art, allowing Rogers to examine and critique both fields from a unique perspective. She earned her BFA at the Maine College of Art, in Portland, Maine.

Her background combines science and art, allowing Rogers to examine and critique both fields from a unique perspective. Through her art practice, Rogers examines anthrozoology (human-animal relations) and visual representation of animals in the contemporary world.

Prior to becoming an artist, Rogers earned her bachelor’s degree at Harvard and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Tufts Veterinary School. Awarded the African Wildlife Medicine and Conservation Fellowship, Rogers trained in South Africa working hands-on with elephants, lions, rhinos, hippos, giraffe, zebras and more.

During this time she was filmed for the thirteen-episode documentary, The Great African Wildlife Rescue, produced by Disney and shown on Animal Planet Channel and the Disney International Channel.

Rogers taught at Tufts Veterinary School and wildlife conservation medicine courses in South Africa and appeared as an “on camera expert” on the Discovery Channel TV series, Animal Face-Off.
Her studio research and artwork are direct results of her fieldwork in Africa as a wildlife veterinarian.

She has shown her work in Portland, Maine, upstate New York (including the Buffalo Zoo, The University at Buffalo Art Gallery, Big Orbit Gallery, and Paul Smiths College Joan Weill Library), Tennessee (Murray College), Michigan (Frederick Meijers Sculpture Garden), and Beijing, China (Central Academy of Fine Arts and the Today Gallery). Rogers also spent a year as the Artist-In-Residence at Paul Smith’s College in upstate New York, and has given artist talks in the USA, Britain, and China. She now lives in New York State in the USA.

For more information about the artwork and the July 2013 Artist-in-Residence project please contact the artist Ellen Rogers directly at 716-216-0448 or email ellen@ellenrogers.com. Videos of her television appearances and additional images of her artwork can also be viewed at her website www.ellenrogers.com.

For additional information about the Allan Brooks Nature Centre and the Caetani Cultural Centre partnership please contact:

Aaron Deans – Allan Brooks Nature Centre – 250-260-4227

or Susan Brandoli – Artist-in-Residence Coordinator/Caetani Centre 250-275-1525 (work – 9 am – 12 noon, Mon – Thurs.) or 250-542-0499 (home afternoons or evenings)

The Caetani Cultural Centre is a registered charitable organization dedicated to providing creative spaces, projects and opportunities for local, national, and international artists, and to providing educational and interactive opportunities for the Greater Vernon cultural community.

Thanks to Aaron Deans and the Allan Brooks Nature Centre for providing endless studio space for Ellen Rogers and subsequent Fresh! AiR artists.
Please visit our website www.caetaniculturalcentre.org for additional information or call the Caetani Cultural Centre (C3) at 250-275-1525.

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