Lancaster – She calls her artwork a quirky take on social commentary and landscapes.
"I hope people enjoy it and have fun looking at it and are made to think some," said Artist Margaret Eriksen. "There are so many different ways to express your creativity."
Eriksen has an art studio in Canal Winchester and lives in southeast Columbus. She is originally from England, but has lived in the United States since 1964. Eriksen's artwork will be on display in the Raymond S. Wilkes Gallery for the Visual Arts in Ohio University Lancaster's Brasee Hall from October 2 to December 15.
"When I retired from being an art teacher, I discovered an art guild in Canal Winchester," said Eriksen. "The group realized empty display space was available, with gorgeous tall ceilings and light.We got it cleaned up and I've been here ever since."
Eriksen's work contains acrylic paintings and sculptures. One of her paintings is titled "Henry the VIII's Flower Garden" because all of the flowers are beheaded. Another piece has a tennis shoe coming through the painting and is titled "Putting my Foot in it." A sculpture of a red animal with black polka dots is simply called "Not a Giraffe."
The gallery opening for Eriksen's work will be on October 2 from 4 to 6 p.m. Admission is free. The gallery will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The gallery currently showcases four exhibits a year and hopes to grow that number with plans to renovate a new gallery space for which donations are being sought. Last fall, a fiber arts show was on display in the gallery and featured 10 different artists. The art came from felt artists, quilters, sculptural artists, and embroiderers. Last spring semester, an exhibit titled "Fowl Weather" displayed the work of Painter Lisa Schorr. Each March, a women's art show is hung in conjunction with Women's History Month and every summer, an OUL student exhibit is displayed. Eriksen's display is part of the Ohio University Lancaster Campus's commitment to transform lives and transform communities by providing cultural, intellectual and artistic experiences for its students and the region.