by Lisa Tome
JoAnn Gardner couldn't resist.
Gardner, who volunteers at the Cecil County Historical Society, snapped up two of Ken Wiggins' works of art from a Cecil County Arts Council exhibit.
"I bought two paintings - a watercolor and an oil. They are amazing. This is the best exhibit they've ever had here. The detail is extraordinary," said Gardner. "The colors are so vibrant. The line drawings are amazing. I wanted more than two."
Since the Cecil County Arts Council and the historical society are adjoining, Gardner sees every exhibit.
"This is the best one they've ever had. I'm giving one (painting) as a wedding present and keeping one for myself," said Gardner.
Since the beginning of July, Wiggins, a retired Brigadier General for the Delaware Air National Guard who served for 37 years, has had work on display. The solo show, "Notable Ships and Sailors", features more than 50 of his works in the gallery at the arts council.
Wiggins' reach goes beyond the art world.
Brigadier General Wiggins also serves as the executive director of the Delaware Military Heritage and Education Foundation, Inc.
He has also published several local area history books. Those books are also available at the exhibit. He is also president of the board of trustees for the Cecil County Public Libraries and serves on the Cecil County Planning Commission.
Wiggins' exhibition is free and open to the public, weekdays 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Cecil County Arts Council, 135 East Main Street, Elkton. The show continues until July 29.