Rogers, Susan

Susan Rogers Fine Art 


“My impressions of landscapes are created to help slow down the fast pace of everyday life.  I enjoy painting plein air, which allows me to respond to the beauty and spirit of nature. My style and themes are consistent but I use a variety of mediums. Pastels, acrylics, oils and many others are mediums that I enjoy creating with. They are all instrumental in telling a story without words and bringing the great outdoors in!”

Susan Kaye Rogers is a professional artist who specializes in naturescapes. She is an exhibiting member of Heartland Art Club, Co-Founder of the Gateway Pastel Artists, a member of the Pastel Society of America and the Gateway East Artists Guild.

She is a full time artist who works mainly with soft pastels. Pastel is pure pigment, the same pigment used in making all fine art paints. Historically, Pastel can be traced back to the 16th century. Edgar Degas was the most prolific user of Pastel, and its champion. Mary Cassatt became famous for her portraits. She was especially drawn to women in everyday domestic settings, especially mothers with their children. She introduced the Impressionists and Pastel to her friends in Philadelphia and Washington and thus to the United States.

Susan is mainly self taught, but by participating in many workshops and classes, her quest to improve her skills and her desire to learn are never ending.

Susan’s goal is to help preserve green spaces and the Oceans (water in its many forms). She does this by painting her interpretations and feelings en plein air or in her studio. She enjoys experimenting and layering different mediums, allowing the art to have a voice. She accomplishes this by remaining open to changes and not being afraid to ask, “what if?"

Susan’s creative process usually starts with plein air sketches that may merit more exploration, through larger paintings, created in her studio located in Millstadt, Illinois. Inspiration can be found in nature, other artists work and the desire to communicate without words. 

Her style of work has been described as realistic in the past, however she is currently working on a more impressionistic and slightly abstracted series of water. A supporter of Mission Blue, a group that inspires action to explore and protect the ocean. "No Water, No Life. No Blue, No Green" a quote by Sylvia Earle.  She looks forward to where this new direction will take her. 


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McClane, Patricia

I’ve always been interested in art, dabbling with acrylic paint, oils, and a sculpture class in college, but it wasn’t until sometime in the late 1980’s that I decided to take a class in watercolor plein air at the MO Botanical Garden. I worked nearby at St. Louis University Medical School in a laboratory and could take a half-day vacation for each 8-week session twice a year. I loved the fluidity of the paint and came to appreciate the “adventure” it is when the paint takes over. I’ll never forget the first time a painting truly came to life before my very eyes. I have been intrigued by organic forms with flowers as my true love. Recently I took a workshop in portrait painting and found the challenge invigorating; I intend to spend indoor times in the winter working on portraits. All but two of the paintings I have pictured were done plein air, my favorite way of painting. Thank you for your interest in my art.

Patricia Hutcheson McClane


Peeking-Into-the-Rose-Garden Mothers-Day-Bouquet Autumn-in-Crested-Butte Front-of-Tower-Grove-House Rear-of-Tower-Grove-House Glorious-Sunflower-Copy Glorious-Sunflower Sittin-On-the-Porch Potted-Plant Louis-IX Queen-of-Irises-Copy Daylillies-Through-the-Fence Irises At-the-Zoo E=mc(squared) - Patricia McClane

Rawson, Linda


I have always been an artist, starting with drawing and then painting with oils and acrylics. I moved to watercolors when our kids were little because I could put the artwork away quickly, hiding it from little hands between sessions. I have 30 years experience as a custom picture framer, earning my CPF, Certified Picture Framer, in 1999 from the PPFA, Professional Picture Framers Association.

While working full-time I didn’t have time to make art but I did get to frame some special pieces such as a 1920’s wedding dress, a page of Gregorian chant on sheep parchment circa 1500. I conservation framed a cross stitch dated 1782, and a Norman Rockwell artist’s proof print valued at $40,000. I framed a card from Rose Kennedy thanking Gunther Gebel-Williams for attending the funeral of her son, John F Kennedy. I also framed a letter to Representative Harris from President G W Bush apologizing for leaving Florida abruptly due to the attack on 9/11/2001. It was humbling to handle history.

While living in Florida, I taught Sailors Valentine creation and other arts utilizing seashells, such as making shell flowers and arrangements. It’s a Florida thing. My watercolors are not shy. I love bold colors that don’t sit quietly on the paper. Watercolor is so versatile with so many choices of substrate. My latest favorite surfaces are Yupo synthetic paper, and Ginwashi or Unryu ‘rice paper’ which have Kozo fibers that add inherent texture to anything painted on them.

The batik process is similar to traditional fabric batiking which uses wax as a resist, layering paint and wax, one after the other. By the end of the process the paper is completely coated with wax which is then removed with a household iron and newspapers. I have been teaching watercolor batik classes since 2017.

Batik artwork has freed me from the need to obsess over details and teaches me patience and acceptance. Patience to persist till the process is complete. Acceptance of the finished product which always has hidden surprises that are revealed. It’s this emergence from the wax coating, as if from a chrysalis, that excites me at seeing each new batik creation.

Derhake, Peggy

Derhake at EAC
Paper Birches

My curiosity leads me to explore a diverse set of mediums in my art. I create mixed media pieces that combine any number of mediums including paper quilling, assemblage, watercolor, pastels, acrylic and some digital art in Adobe Creative Suite. I can also do any one of these mediums exclusively, not limiting myself to one specific technique. My art challenges me to use textures and techniques that please the eye and pique curiosity. I enjoy giving new life to what a lot of people want to throw away by using old jewelry, ticket stubs and vintage lace and linens. My purpose in my art is to display my flexibility in adapting to new situations and techniques while also revealing my history and respecting the past.

I hold a Master of Arts in Communications from Lindenwood University. My creative jobs have included visual merchandising (display manager at a department store), designing for an embroidery shop, graphic design, and sign design. I have also been decorating churches seasonally for almost 30 years. These diverse positions have all contributed to my high standards in design. Overall, my art demonstrates a respect for what was, and challenges our thinking about how we think it should be.


EAC presents “The Best of GEAG” 2021


Join us for the 2021 Best of GEAG show at the Edwardsville Arts Center! 

Show dates May 7-July 9

Friday, July 9 from 2-6pm and Saturday, July 10 from 2-6pm

To schedule a viewing appointment, visit EAC.

For purchases, please contact Carolyn at Edwardsville Arts Center.
(618) 655-0337 |

The Artwork

The Awards

Best of Show - Ron Vivod "Prisoner"
1st Place - Jay Burgmann "Open Road"
2nd Place - Agatha Klym "Summer Jewels"
3rd Place - Christina MacMorran "Wildflower #9"

Honorable Mentions:
Charlotte Johnson - "Berlin Haute Couture"
Michael Anderson - "Napoleon in Rags"
Sharon Campese - "Gilded Lady, My Tribute to Gustav Klimt"

Scroll through all of the pieces, alphabetically, here.
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Award winners are noted in the descriptions.


Anderson-Music-Lesson Anderson-Napoleon Anderson-Pink-Dog Bosse.End-of-Road Bosse-Going-Bananas Bosse-Guys-with-tools Briguglio-At-Rest Briguglio-Confusion Briguglio-Paper-Towel Bruss.Covid-Retreat Bruss-Colorado-Hike Bruss-Day-Gone Burgmann-BackAsswards Burgmann-Kingfisher Burgmann-Open-Road Campese-Gilded-Lady Campese-journey campese-sacred-circle Cavins-Cityscape Cavins-Grandma-Moon cavins-you-decide Derhake-HarmoniZEN Derhake-Soarin Derhake-Zensible ferguson-rough-seas Ferguson-Spring-Flower Ferguson-The-Mirror Hardin-2020 Hardin-Doublewide Hardin-End-of-Summer Horrel-Leaf-After-Rain Horrel-My-Walking-Path Horrel-Song-of-Ancient-Sunrise Johnson-GodsEye Johnson-HauteCouture Jumper-Evening-Light Jumper-Fishing-Evening Jumper-Rivers-Edge Klym-Afternoon-Rest Klym-All-Spruced-Up Klym-Summer-Jewels kunz-covid-safe kunz-lily Kunz-Spring-Breeze MacMorran-Echoes MacMorran-Wildflower9 MacMorran-Yellowjacket-Tango McClane-Determined McClane-EMC2 McClane-The-North-Woods Mongiovi-Flying-Colors Mongiovi-morning-on-the-farm Mongiovi-Summer-Sillhouette Rawson-Grafton-Pond Rawson-Prairie-Meadow Rawson-Seven-Gods Richter-amber-fields richter-Passages Romani-Market-Place Romani-Pink-Beauty Romani-Read-for-my-Closeup Spears-Afternoon-GLow Spears-Spring-Bouquet Spears-Where-the-wild-things-grow Sumner-Dancing-Trees Sumner-Soaking-up-the-Sun-web Sumner-Wild-in-nature Thorpe-Fiore-Happy-Days Thorpe-Fiori-Solitude Thorpe-Fiori-The-Storm Vivod-Friends-Forever Vivod-Light Vivod-Prisoner

The Best of GEAG important dates


Best of GEAG important Dates:

  • Exhibition Dates: May 7 - July 9, 2021. 
  • Opening Reception: Via Zoom, May 16, 2021 at 1 pm 
  • Delivery of Art: April 30, 2021 at 2 - 6pm 
  • Delivery of Art:    May 1, 2021 at 2 - 6 pm
  • Pick Up of Art:      Friday, July  9 at 2 - 6pm
  • Pick Up of Art:  Saturday, July 10 at 2 - 6pm

EAC presents “The Best of GEAG” 2021

Rules and Regulations for GEAG Exhibits

  1. There are three scheduled GEAG exhibits per year:
    • “Best of GEAG” exhibit will be in the spring at the Edwardsville Arts Center
    • “Gateway to Art” exhibit (also known as the Shrine Show) will be July/August at Our Lady of the Snows National Shrine
    • The annual Holiday Show will be held at the December meeting/Christmas Party at the PSOP Building.
  2. ELIGIBILITY:  Exhibitions are open to members only.   Members must be in good standing to enter; the Treasurer’s record shall be considered final.  NOTE: All are welcome to join GEAG at any time during the year, even when applying for exhibitions.  To join, complete a membership application found and submit $35 with your exhibit entry.  All memberships expire the following March 31; dues are not prorated.
  3. Only original works may be exhibited.  Any copies or work done under instruction or from copyrighted photos/artwork will not be accepted. Prints from originals paintings or drawings, giclee prints of paintings or drawings, and digital reproductions of paintings or drawings are not allowed.  EXCEPTION:  This does not apply to GEAG artists who create digital photography or computer graphic art.
  4. Scheduled exhibition venues may exclude works featuring the nude figure; therefore, these works will not be accepted for any GEAG exhibit.
  5.  Artwork must be completed within the last three years for all GEAG exhibits.  Artworks that have previously won an award, including honorable mention, in prior GEAG shows are not eligible for any other GEAG exhibit.   This does not include awards received at the monthly GEAG art contest.
  6. NUMBER OF ENTRIES:  Members may enter up to three original pieces of artwork for “Best of GEAG” and “Gateway to Art”, but only one entry for the Holiday Show.  Diptychs and triptychs which are under one frame will be considered one entry for entry fee and judging purposes. If under separate frames, they will be considered separate paintings for entry fee and judging.
  7. FRAMING/SIZE OF ARTWORK:   All 2D artwork will be framed as follows:
    • a) Watercolor/drawing/pastel paintings and digital photographs shall be securely and appropriately framed with a mat and under acrylic/plexiglas or glass.   D rings and wire, adequate for hanging weight, are required.  No saw tooth hangers or screw eyes.EXCEPTION: paintings which are floated on mat board with some mat border showing are acceptable. Digital photography shall be matted and framed as stated OR printed on 1.5” gallery wrapped canvas.
    • Oil/acrylic:  Framed canvas artwork must comply with hanging requirements listed above.  Unframed canvas must be 1.5” gallery wrapped with painted edges.
    • Maximum framed dimensions on the longest side shall not exceed: 32”, plus or minus 1/4”, for all exhibitions.  Exception:  Artwork for the Holiday Show may be any size provided the artist brings an easel to display the piece.
    • Mats, glass and plexiglass need to be clean and free of scratches.  Frames must have solid corners and no obvious damage.  Wood frames with glass must have paper dust covers on the back if the artwork is for sale.  Metal frames and framed canvasses do not require dust covers.
    • The Exhibits committee may disallow work not appropriately matted and framed.
    • Name, address and title of artwork must be taped to the back of the artwork at time of exhibition receiving date.
  8. The Exhibits committee has the sole authority to accept, place and hang entries. The actions of the exhibition committee shall be considered final.
  9. GEAG is not responsible for damaged or stolen artwork.  All entrants must sign a waiver of responsibility prior to or at the time of exhibition receiving date.
  10. Each artist must adhere to the specified times for receiving and retrieval. Paintings cannot be hung before or after, or removed before, specified times. All accepted work must remain installed until the designated retrieval time. This applies to all GEAG shows, except that the gallery may remove sold artwork when the buyer lives out of town. There will be no early drop-offs.  Artists who are unable to deliver or retrieve their own artworkmay authorize another party to do so.
    • Best of GEAG” – Edwardsville Arts Center (EAC):  GEAG will pay a fee of $300 to the EAC for the exhibit.   Members will pay $15.00 per piece or $40 for three pieces.  The EAC will retain a 20% commission on all sales (subject to change).
    • Gateway to Art”– Our Lady of the Snows National Shrine:  Members will pay $15 per piece or $40 for three pieces.  The Shrine will retain a 25% commission on all sales (subject to change).
    • Holiday Show” – PSOP:  No entry fee.

Join us for the 2021 Best of GEAG show at the Edwardsville Arts Center! 

Download the Prospectus

Deadline for submission is April 16th, 2021.

Pay via Paypal

$15 for up to 3 pieces

Call for artists!  GEAG invites submissions for the Best of GEAG at EAC Exhibition.  

The exhibition is open to 2D and 3D GEAG artists.  Only the first 100 pieces entered will be accepted.

Dates and Deadlines

  • Deadline for Entries: April 16, 2021
  • Exhibition Dates: May 7 - July 9, 2021. 
  • Opening Reception: Via Zoom, May 16, 2021 at 1 pm (tentative plan)
  • Delivery of Art: April 30, 2021 at 2 - 6pm 
  • Delivery of Art:    May 1, 2021 at 2 - 6 pm
  • Pick Up of Art:      Friday, July  9 at 2 - 6pm
  • Pick Up of Art:  Saturday, July 10 at 2 - 6pm
  • Other pick up times can be arranged during normal EAC business hours.
  • Entry Fees
  • Entry fee of $15.00 for one, two or three pieces of artwork. 
  • A maximum of 3 pieces of art may be entered
  • Payment is required at the time of entry

Awards and Prizes

  • Cash awards and ribbons will be given for Best in Show, 1st, 2nd, & 3rd places. Ribbons awarded for 3 Honorable Mention.


  • Open to GEAG members only 
  • Work must be the original creation of the artist and completed within the past 3 years
  • Work completed under the direction of an instructor or in a class/workshop is ineligible.
  • Work that has previously won an award in a GEAG professionally judged exhibition is ineligible.
  • 3D work that is extremely fragile, very small,  that has a very small bottom/base, is unstable, or does not sit flat on a pedestal is ineligible.


  • 2D work must be properly framed with braided picture wire for hanging (no saw tooth hangers) 
  • Work on canvas may be framed, strip-framed or gallery-wrapped
  • 2D work may not exceed 32” including frame
  • 2D work may not exceed 40 lbs 
  • 3D work may sit on a pedestal or be wall-hung (not to exceed 40 lbs)
  • A limited number of standard size pedestals are available for display of 3D work
  • If your 3D work is odd-sized, excessively heavy, or requires a very specific size pedestal, plan on providing that pedestal yourself

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Best of GEAG 2019


The award winners from the Best of GEAG 2019 are, from left to right: 1st place - Christina MacMorran, Best of Show - Marty Spears, Award of Merit- Susan Kunz, Award of Merit - Ana Sumner, 3rd Place - Lisa Truttman, and 2nd Place - Ron Vivod.
(not shown, Award of Merit - Irene Mueller)