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All The Good Dogs: Dogs' Lives In Delaware County Exhibit By Bertha Rogers To Open With Reading & Reception Dec. 10

12/09/2011 - On Saturday, December 10, from 2-4 p.m., the Delaware County Historical Association Museum will host a reception for "All the Good Dogs: Dogs' Lives in Delaware County: Words & Images in Two and Three Dimensions," an exhibit by Bertha Rogers, who lives between Delhi and Treadwell. Rogers will be on hand to read from the poems in the exhibit and to discuss her art and poetry as well as the dogs the exhibit focuses on. Leashed dogs are more than welcome and encouraged to contribute their comments at the event, which is free and open to the public and which takes place in the Elijah Thomas Gallery at the Museum, located at 46549 State Hwy 10. Refreshments will be provided for both humans and canines. Some proceeds from the sale of prints with poems by Rogers will benefit the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society.

For the exhibit, Rogers has created new mixed media artworks that integrate and illustrate the poems she has written about dogs; many of the artworks include 23K gold leaf in the design. Rogers grew up on a farm in Iowa and later lived in California's Bay Area and New York City before moving to Delhi in 1989. Throughout her life, she has lived with dogs, and she has been fascinated with the relationship among dogs and people, relationships that are easily observed in a county with so many canine workers and companions.

Bertha Rogers is Poet Laureate of Delaware County and founding executive director of Bright Hill Press & Literary Center in Treadwell. More than 400 of her poems have been published in journals and anthologies, on Poetry Daily (poems.com) and Verse Daily (versedaily.com), and in her collections, Heart Turned Back (Salmon Poetry Publishing, Ireland, 2010), The Fourth Beast (chapbook, Snark Press, IL, 2004); A House of Corners (Three Conditions Press, Maryland Poetry Review Chapbook Contest Winner, 2000); and Sleeper, You Wake (Mellen, NY 1991). Her translation of Beowulf, the Anglo-Saxon Epic, was published in 2000 (Birch Brook Press, NY), and her translation of the riddle-poems from the Anglo-Saxon Exeter Book, Uncommon Creatures, Singing Things, is forthcoming from Birch Brook Press. She has received writing fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony, Hawthornden International Writers Retreat, and others. Her poem suite "Three for Summer's End" was selected by composer Jamie Keesecker and set to music for the MacDowell/Monadnock Music for the Mountain series and performed in 2010. Her interdisciplinary exhibit (images and words in two and three dimensions) will open at Delaware County Historical Association Museum in December. She traveled to Ireland this year to read her poetry in several cities there. Rogers is also a Master Teaching Artist, teaching writing and visual arts in schools throughout New York.

"All the Good Dogs" was made possible, in part, by funding from The New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization program, administered in Delaware County by the Roxbury Arts Group and with support from DCHA. Bertha Rogers's reading is made possible, in part, with funding from Poets & Writers, Inc. and DCHA. DCHA offers historical programs throughout the year at the museum. For more information contact DCHA at 607-746-3849 or via e-mail at dcha@delhi.net.

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