Local women display art work

 This piece is included in the city’s new art exhibit "Local Women." It is on display now at city hall through Oct. 17.

The city of Grove City recently announced the opening of a new art exhibit. Entitled, "Local Women," the collection features the works of June Parks and Sandy Reddig. It features landscapes and local scenes in a variety of mediums.  

Curator Ray Kline marveled at the artistry demonstrated by both women.  

"June Parks is a watercolorist in the traditional manner of watercolor painting," he stated. "We’re lucky to get her in an exhibit. She put in many years as a creative advertising artist."  

In fact, Parks, who has been painting form about 50 years, spent 20 of those years as a fashion artist for Lazarus Department Stores. Her renderings graced advertisements for the now defunct Columbus landmark. Parks studied at the Central Academy of Commercial Art in Cincinnati to prepare for her professional endeavors.

Parks’ work also earned recognition outside of advertising circles. She’s participated in Arts in the Alley for the last 10 years. One of her works, a pastel landscape depicting low clouds over water, won her first place in the 2007 Fine Arts division.  

"I just hope people enjoy seeing my work as much as I enjoyed painting it," Parks said.

Kline appreciates Reddig’s work as well.

"Sandy is a great draftsperson and has done a lot of local scenes as well as portraits," he said.  "She is also a former Easel Award winner at Arts in the Alley."

Reddig grew up the middle of five children. Her portraits, which include Native Americans and Amish children, capture the joy and innocence of childhood. Perhaps more importantly, the renderings celebrate the spirit of Reddig’s subjects.  

The art is something that Reddig hopes that her nine pieces in this exhibit emanate.  

"I wanted to give a variety of beautiful colors, mediums, and themes to connect with Grove City residents," she said.  

Reddig also shares her expertise with adults and children who desire to explore their artistic gifts. Classes are given in her home as well as the Jackson Township building, located at 3756 Hoover Road in Grove City. For more information, visit streddig@sbcglobal.net.

Art patrons may view the exhibit, "Local Women," at city hall through Oct. 17. Private tours may be arranged by calling Ray Kine at 875-2423.

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