John Ward was commissioned by the Ripley, Ohio Lions Club to create their bicentennial print of Ripley from the waterfront of the Ohio River called Ripley, Ohio Bicentennial.
Lee Greenwood, American country artist, was the featured entertainment during the weekend events. John presented Mr. Greenwood with the Ripley Bicentennial print.
John Ward's Picture, Buggy Ride, Selected by American Academy of Equine Art: 2014 Fall Open Juried Exhibition
John Ward's painting titled Buggy Ride was accepted into the 2014 American Academy of Equine Art fall exhibition. The AAEA is a highly selective national juried exhibition. He has been offered an Associate Membership with this prestigious group! John Ward's Buggy Ride is an oil painting featuring an Amish horse drawn buggy with serene rolling farmland in the background.
Each year, the Ripley Lion's Club holds a Fourth of July Festival to raise money for its various charitable endeavors.
This year the club, along with the Ripley Leo Club, took it a step further, commissioning artist John L. Ward of Mount Sterling, (originally of Ripley), to create a painting in celebration of Ripley's 200 year bicentennial. The prints are being sold as a fundraiser.
In a release, Ward said, "I was quite honored to be asked to paint a picture of my hometown. I have very fond memories of Ripley and as a youngster spent many hours on the riverfront."
Ward, selected by the club because of his roots, highlights Ripley's Front Street in his watercolor. Howard McClain, member of the Lion's Club, said the group had suggested the artist try to depict the heart of downtown Ripley in his work. By painting the riverfront, Ward was able to do just that.
"It says Ripley," McClain said.
Though the painting portrays modern day Ripley, it also highlights several places of historical significance, including the Rankin House and the Parker House, both of which played important roles in the abolitionist movement.
Two hundred and fifty prints of Ward's painting were made. the painting can be seen in the Ripley library and several area banks, and will be available for purchase at the Fourth of July Festival scheduled June 29 and 30 on Front Street in Ripley. Ward will attend the festival June 30, and will sign his works 2-4 p.m.
Prints are available of Ripley, Ohio Bicentennial.
John Ward's Picture, Beauty at Bennett's Mill, Selected by American Academy of Equine Art: 2012 Fall Open Juried Exhibition
Kentucky artist John Ward was selected by the highly selective American Academy of Equine Art to exhibit his artwork, Beauty at Bennett's Mill, in their 2012 Fall Open Juried Exhibition. John's work will be included in the exhibit from September 14 - October 24, 2012 at the Scott County Arts and Cultural Center/Gallery located in Georgetown, Kentucky.
The American Academy of Equine Art spotlights work of invited and juried equine artists.
The Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association (KEHA) commissioned Mr. John Ward of Mount Sterling to paint a commemorative 80th anniversary print in 2012. This beautiful, colorful work of art could fit in any homemaker's home in Kentucky. http://keha.ca.uky.edu/content/keha-reflections
KEHA Reflections features a white farmhouse with sites common to farms in days gone by including a red barn, garden, tire swing, horses, quilts, red wagon, and a Martin birdhouse.
Prints are available of Reflections.
On July 9, 2012, John Ward received a Citation from the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Kentucky honoring and congratulating him upon having his artwork displayed in the 2012 juried exhibition of the American Academy of Equine Art at the Scott County Arts and Cultural Center Gallery in Georgetown, Kentucky.