A painting by Upper Arlington artist Ned Moore of the old railroad depot station that recently was moved to Century Village has been added to the permanent art collection on display at Grove City Hall.

Those who want to see more of Moore's work can do so by walking into council chambers at City Hall, 4035 Broadway, where Grove City Council's Art Concern is presenting an exhibition of Moore's watercolor paintings.

Moore's work will be on display through April 20.

"When I was working as a commercial artist, I worked in all mediums," Moore, 89, said. "As an artist painting for my own pleasure and creative expression, watercolor is my medium of choice. I like working in transparent colors rather than opaque, because it's a little more restrictive. It provides a greater challenge for you as an artist."

Moore is left-handed, and he said that is a major reason why he became an artist.

"Left-handers aren't particularly good at handwriting," Moore said. "I didn't do too well in penmanship. I think I turned to drawing as a substitute for writing. I liked to draw different things as a boy, and it just felt more natural to me."

After graduating from Ohio State University's school of fine arts, the Columbus native served as a special services artist during the Korean War. He later freelanced as an illustrator-designer in both Chicago and central Ohio.

Then came a career change.

Moore turned to education, serving as an assistant professor in the School of Architecture at Ohio State and in advertising and fine art at the Columbus College of Art and Design. He is now retired.

"I liked the idea of helping and guiding students in developing the various aspects of painting," he said. "There's almost as much satisfaction watching a student develop their talent as working on developing your own."

His work has often captured scenes that captivated him, both at home and in his many travels with his wife, Rosalee.

"We have been avid travelers and we particularly loved visiting Europe," Moore said. "I'd see something, a building or a setting, that struck me, and I'd want to remember it by painting it."

The paintings on display at City Hall include "Weighing on North Market," depicting a scene from the Columbus landmark site that is being revamped with the addition of a new 35-story mixed-use tower.

The painting "Alpine Ski Village" expresses Moore's love of skiing, often a part of his European treks.

"What is striking about his work is that the colors spring off the canvas and the paintings are done in a style that appears simple, but the more you look at it, you realize it's not so simple," said Ray Kline, Art Concern curator.

Moore is one of the most widely known and admired watercolor artists in central Ohio, Kline said.

"If you're talking about watercolor painting, you're talking about Ned Moore," he said.

Moore is a charter member and past president of the Central Ohio Watercolor Society and the Columbus Society of Communicating Arts.

"There's a tremendous community of watercolor artists in our area," he said. "One of the things I most enjoyed was being part of the Watercolor Society and sharing ideas with and supporting my fellow artists."

A recent stroke has forced Moore to put down his brush.

"I just can't get my hand to work right any more, I can't feel what's going on in my hand," he said. "It's frustrating, because I've loved to draw and paint all my life. I still maintain and show my older paintings whenever I have a chance. I'm really thrilled to have my work on display in Grove City."

The exhibit is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays or by appointment by calling Kline at 614-875-2423 or 614-203-9123.

"We're always happy to arrange to open City Hall up on weekends to allow people to see our exhibitions," Kline said.

"One of the main goals City Council has for the Art Concern is to help bring art to our community and make it available to our residents."

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