Canal Winchester Artist Featured At OU-Lancaster Gallery

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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 Oct. 2 to Dec. 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, which features a tennis shoe coming through the painting, 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 Oct. 2 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free. The gallery will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit