Art in YOUR Parks: Marjorie Pease Applegate

ART IN YOUR PARKS

Every month we will be highlighting a piece of public art within YOUR Cincinnati Parks system to celebrate the newest edition, the Ezzard Charles statue, which will be erected in Laurel Park this October. Did you know that Cincinnati Parks has over 90 pieces of public art throughout the city? 

During Women’s History Month, we are highlighting a work by Marjorie Pease Applegate that is in the Hinkle Garden in Eden Park.

MARJORIE PEASE APPLEGATE

Marjorie Pease Applegate is a member in the Women’s Committee of Cincinnati Parks and the sister of our former Board Member and Founding Women’s Committee Member, Ellen Sole. She has been an artist all her life. She started out painting and then went to the Cincinnati Art Academy where she met the teacher Charles Cutler. She saw his stone work and never looked back. Her first show was in 1971 and since then she has created several pieces that you can find in and around Cincinnati. She has two pieces in Eden Park, two in the Cincinnati Art Museum, and others at Northern Kentucky University, The Village of Indian Hill, the Cincinnati Nature Center, Spring Grove Cemetery, Seven Hills School, and with numerous private collectors. 

Right across from the gazebo in Eden Park’s Hinkle Garden, you can find the Untitled piece, which Marjorie hand-carved of quarried stone. Betty Goldsmith donated the piece in her brother’s name, John Rule Deupree and it was dedicated on June 8, 1987. Marjorie hand carved the piece, using no electric tools, instead using only a chisel and hammer. She is an artist who works directly with the stone, using one the oldest of all sculptural techniques.

You can find another one of her pieces inside the Krohn Conservatory when it reopens to the public. Next time you visit, keep and eye out for a whimsical stone baboon among the foliage!

(Pictured below is Marjorie and Ellen visiting the piece in Eden Park).

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