Street Scene: Signal Hill Boulevard

2013 Plein Air Art Auction: Event Details

“The Boulevard” is an extension of South 95th Street and was the showcase of the new Signal Hill Park addition platted in 1904 at the time of the St. Louis World’s Fair. Construction of the homes started soon after and it is reported that some of the homes used building materials recycled form the World’s Fair. Many of the original residents were businessmen from East St. Louis. The grandeur of the tree-lined boulevard with its elegant homes remains to this day.

Street Scene: Signal Hill Boulevard
Near Signal Hill School
40 Signal Hill Place
Belleville, IL 62223

Artist Information: Susan Rogers

Professional artist Susan Rogers uses soft pastels to create landscape paintings.  She is quick to point out that pastel is not to be confused with colored chalk. Chalk is a limestone substance impregnated with dyes whereas pastels are pure pigment and are very permanent when framed properly. Rogers enjoys working outdoors where nature serves as her instructor. Her goal is to allow her painting to reflect her feelings about the subject she has captured on her canvas. The self-taught Rogers preserves in her artwork the disappearing landscape that is being overtaken by urban sprawl. Although she received a degree in Radiologic Technology from Southwestern Illinois University and utilized her skill, she continued to pursue her love of art by attending workshops and working with well-known artists for the past 25 years.

It is her wish that her paintings slow down the fast pace of our everyday lives as well as promote concern for Green Issues by capturing her impressions of the scene she is painting. Whether painting plein air or painting in her studio, it is important to the artist to work with “efficiency.” Simplifying what she observes allows Susan to capture the essence of the light and magic that drew her to the scene in the first place. She has been the recipient of an Award of Excellence at the Art Fair at Queeny Park in St.Louis, and a Best of Category at the Midwest Salute to the Arts in Fairview Heights, IL.  She is a member of the Illinois Artisans, Gateway East Artists Guild, the Pastel Society of America and co-founder and member of the Gateway Pastel Artists in St. Louis, and is represented by the Illinois Artisans Gallery near Rend Lake in Whittington, IL.