Worthington artist takes High Road for first exhibit of her own

GARY SEMAN JR.
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Carol Hershey stands in her studio at High Road Studio & Galleries, 12 E. Stafford St., in Worthington. Hershey has opened her first exhibit in High Road, which she purchased 20 years ago.

Carol Hershey has done a lot in her 81 years, but having her own exhibit – at her own studio – was never one of them.

Until now.

A 50-year retrospective of Hershey's work is on exhibit through the end of August at High Road Studio & Galleries, 12 E. Stafford St. in Worthington.

Hershey, a 53-year resident of the city, bought the High Road property 20 years ago and has spent 15 years organizing exhibits for her resident artists.

But now, about three dozen of her pieces, which were made with etching, pastels, polymer clay and watercolors, among others, will be on display by appointment only from 1 to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Admission is free, but reservations are required and can be made by calling 614-395-3867.

Masks are required, and social-distancing practices will be maintained, Hershey said.

The works of 10 other resident artists also are on display, she said.

Hershey is a graduate of Cornell University, where she earned a degree in literature.

"It was critical for the idea base of what I do," she said.

She received her artist training at the Columbus College of Art & Design and studied under Sidney Chafetz at Ohio State University, where she learned etching.

Hershey said her work is based on observation and emotion, and it is meant to convey the mood of the time.

For years, she said, she traveled the artist-festival circuit, earning a living and doing what she enjoys: communicating with people.

Nicky Robie, a resident artist at the Worthington gallery, considers Hershey as the leader of the contemporary-art movement in the city.

"Artists should be grateful to you that you started it, you're still here and you're still doing it," Robie said to Hershey.

"And I love it," Hershey said.

For more information about High Road Studio & Galleries, go to highroadgallery.com.

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