Works by Charles Parks on display at Dover?s First Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries

Sculptures celebrate the human figure

By Purista Schäfer
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The First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries in Dover, Del., exhibits artworks by the Wilmington sculptor Charles Parks.

The exhibition was planned and created by the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs and is entitled ?Dealing in Symbols: Profundity and the Human Figure.? It features 13 of the more than 300 works that the artist donated to the state of Delaware in 2011.

The sculptor Charles Cropper Parks was born in Onancock, Va., but moved to Delaware with his family as a young boy. In 10th grade he discovered his love for art and began in earnest with studies at the University of Delaware and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, after World War II.

Parks has created more than 500 sculptures for individuals, public parks and plazas throughout Delaware and across the United States and won several honors and awards for it.

Together with his wife, Inge, he founded the Charles Parks foundation in 2003 and decided that the assemblage of his works should remain in Delaware, his lifetime home and studio location and where the majority of his work was commissioned, inspired and created.

Operating hours are Monday through Friday, 8am-4:30pm, Saturday, 9am-4:30pm, and Sunday 1:30-4:30pm. Admission is free.

For further information, call 302.744.5055 or visit the website of the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs. www.history.delaware.gov