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Teresa Firek’s latest collection of artwork shows the progress she’s made in her life – something she wants to share with the community.

“I’m starting to understand who I am as a person,” the Grove City woman said.

She is holding a public exhibition of “Into the Chrysalis” from 7-9 p.m. on November 12 at the Collage Coffee and Art House, 221 S. Broad St., Grove City.

This will be his first public art exhibition. She hosted a small exhibit in 2020 to benefit the Brandi Montgomery Home in Pine Township, which is run by AWARE, Mercer County’s Agency for Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Assistance.

This project meant a lot to her, as she was in an abusive relationship. The collection for this show was called “My trip to Querencia”, which means “place of safety” in Spanish.

There’s quite a difference between the two collections, she says. The first was “darker”, with titles like “Control” and “Trapped”.

“Into the Chrysalis” features brighter colors and more positive, hopeful themes; titles include “Overcome” and “Flower of Joy”.

Firek will have 34 works of art on display Friday, and they are available for purchase. You can also buy coffee.

She is more than willing to discuss her work with anyone and is always interested in hearing other people’s thoughts and interpretations.

She is comforted to know that her work is displayed in people’s homes; buyers often send photos after the work has been hung.

“I love hearing why they bought it and what it meant to them,” Firek said.

Art has been a great therapeutic tool for Firek, who encourages others to try it to help release emotions and feelings.

“I’m a very visual person,” she says.

She teaches art to students at home and some of the students have been working on sculptures which will be exhibited on Friday.

“It’s just for fun,” she said.

For more information on Firek and his works, visit