Rodger Bechtold


"The Hardy Gallery" 

Bechtold Rodger Raffle 2022

"The Hardy Gallery" original painting (12”x16” (image) / 18.5”x 22.5” (framed)) on view at the Hardy Gallery during the duration of the season. Tickets can be purchased at the Hardy Gallery.

Drawing | October 10 at 1:00 pm

Raffle Premise 

For many people, the name "Hardy Gallery" conjures up images of the historic graffiti-covered warehouse situated on the shores of Ephraim's picturesque Eagle Harbor; for others, the name represents years of memories from visiting different exhibitions presented in the unique art gallery, while some are reminded of the warehouse's history. For all of these reasons, it is easy to see why The Hardy holds so much meaning for art collectors, Ephraim residents and visitors alike.

The concept for this fundraising raffle was conceived by the Hardy Gallery Board of Directors in the fall of 2012 with the above in mind. The goal remains to create interest in a product that directly taps into the emotional connection that exists between our place and our audience. Annually, the Hardy will commission a painting that exemplifies quality at the highest level - focused on our recognizable icon, the warehouse - in partnership with a well-recognized and respected Door County artist and his or her representing gallery. Interpretation is entirely up to the selected artist.

The raffle was structured to benefit all parties involved; the selected artist, who is commissioned and paid for the creation of the painting, the representing gallery who will handle the sale and the donor who will purchase the painting and donate to the Hardy. The funds raised go towards sustaining our programming, including our seasonal exhibit schedule, Community Mosaic Project and our signature winter high school youth art education program, Exposure to Creativity (ETC). 

Thank you to Rodger Bechtold and Stephen and Jessica Sauter for their continued support of the Francis Hardy Center for the Arts, Inc. (The Hardy Gallery) - A 501 (c)(3) Non-Profit Organization.

Timeframe: Ticket sales will take place throughout the entire summer season, commencing in May to coincide with the opening of the Annual Juried Exhibit and run through the Hardy's closing in mid-October.

Ticket Sales: With our audience in mind, ticket prices have been set at $5 each or 5 for $20. The main ticket venue will be the Hardy Gallery with additional sales through the board of directors, and volunteers of the organization.



Rodger Bechtold 

Rodger Bechtold was born in 1945 in Michigan was raised in central Illinois and has lived in and around Chicago since age eighteen. He nurtured his interests in the visual arts at the American Academy of Art, Chicago and the School Of The Art institute of Chicago. Involved in commercial art illustration for many years he abandoned that pursuit some thirty years ago in favor of painting landscapes full time.

What really ignited this passion for painting was his exposure to mentor Wolf Kahn through the Santa Fe Institute Of Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico as part of the Masters Art Program.

Over time Bechtold has built a solid reputation for being a major contributor to the on going dialog in contemporary landscape painting in the mid west and beyond. His work is expressed with energy, painted with seemingly effortless brushwork and charged with color. All connected by place and moment.

View more of his work on his webpage







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