BAXTER SPRINGS - Michael Rodgers, a native of Baxter Springs, will hold his first art photography exhibit, hosted by the Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum. Most have seen Michael at area events and sports activities, and have seen his work in the newspaper or on Facebook.

Please join us Sept. 12 through 26, daily to view his exhibit. There will also be an evening reception from 6 to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, where you will have the opportunity to meet the artist. For reservations to the reception or more information please contact the Museum at 620-856-2385.

Michael W. Rodgers Biography

Local photographer and artist, Michael W. Rogers, is a Baxter Springs, Kansas native. Graduating high school from Jubilee Christian School and then attending the Apostolic Faith Bible College in Baxter Springs.

In 2011, at the age of 26, he started to fulfill his lifelong love of photography. His desire to share great photography and allow others to see life from a different vantage point is part of his passion for the art.

“I grew up thinking that there was nothing here, but there is so much that people miss, and it changes so fast. I want to photograph everything before it is gone. What I like to shoot the most is old towns that time itself seems to have forgotten. I want to keep the memories of those places.”

Michael’s love of photography extends to his camera collection and the various types of media they encompass. From film to digital, they provide him with outlets to share his art, whether it be in black and white or color.

He wishes to share some of his collection to the public with the hope that they will enjoy the viewing as much as he did the creation process.

He would love to travel in the future, to see Japan, Korea, Vietnam…all of Asia and bring his camera of course!

Michael’s driving force to be the best photographer that he can comes from the loss of his father in 2002 and the close ties he has to his family.

He is currently employed with Beacon Tire here in Baxter Springs, but he freelances for the Cherokee County News Advocate, the Galena Sentinel-Times, the Pittsburg Morning Sun, and the Miami News Record. Focusing on area events and local sports.

He schedules private sessions on evenings and weekends. For more information or to book an event contact him via Facebook @mwrphoto or via email at: