Restoring Traditions: Chris Rodgers, Tulsa Art Studio Tour Artist

April 9, 2015

Tulsa Art Studio Tour

This guest post, by OVAC intern Jessica Legako, is part of our series leading up to the Tulsa Art Studio Tour featuring artists on the Tour, April 11-12. More info at

Chris Rodgers restores religious statuary and other religious objects and architecture, and she works through F.C. Ziegler Company, which is a religious goods manufacturer and distributor. Chris enjoys learning. She learned to work with stained glass to develop her skills so that she could better restore or recreate stained glass windows, especially the delicate painting needed for details and faces.


Statuary in progress in the studio of Chris Rodgers

Chris continues a tradition of techniques used over a thousand years ago to solve the problems of restoration. Rodgers studied with Angelo Gherardi, a liturgical artist and restorer, for 15 years, who mentored her in restoration. She has curiosity and loves to make things and play with things.  She went to TCC and took art classes as well as science classes.  She loves solving problems. “Problem solving and creativity—it all goes together”.


Chris Rodgers in her studio

She finds it vital that she is helping to keep traditions alive. She sees a continuance in the old traditions of people working with their hands—making, creating, restoring by hand like artists and artisans did in the middle ages.  She sees the work, the care, and the work ethic that is reflected in the pieces that she herself works on. She finds it important to foster a community of local artists who share skills in order to help one another.

Meet & see the working studio of Rodgers along with 15 other artists on April 11-12, noon until 5 pm on the Tulsa Art Studio TourFor more info, or to purchase tickets, visit