Nature’s Calling Opening Reception
04/09/2014, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
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Meet and greet the artist behind this month’s exhibit,
enjoy light complimentary refreshments and view new works in the
Visitors Center Gallery.
Open to the public. Call 636-4100 for information.
About the artist: Jane Williams
Jane Williams Nature’s
many facets provide the source for my paintings.
My expression of
nature goes far beyond the traditional landscape. Through textured
surfaces and rich color, I express nature’s mutability, her
disintegration and renewal. The heavily collaged surfaces contain highly
personal found objects.
I am an inveterate
gatherer and collector of materials such as weathered metals, distressed
copper, old linen, lace fragments, and splintered wood. I use these to
express my strong need for teture and an earthiness I must reveal.
My walks around a farm
that has been in the family for generations provide a stimulus and a
source of many pictorial images. Remembrance is strong. Decaying barns,
washed out gullies, ancient and hidden piles of discards in deep wood
lend mystery and excite the imagination.
My intense interest in
the sea also provides a stimulus for my work. Observations of the
constant change at ocean’s edge capture a primordial mood. Seed pods,
shells, pebbles, roughened glass, and eroded beaches all speak to my
inner being. Feelings and ideas gathered at these sites are committed to
My work is highly
intuitive and may undergo a number of changes in the creative process.
Surfaces are built up and distressed. Color sets the mood and unifies
the collage elements. I like to contrast rough against smooth and bright
The evolution of ideas is
taking me still further into that world of personal iconography. I
strive to present spiritual experiences in a concrete yet abstract form.
Symbols keep repeating; marks take on mythic character. Icons become
more forceful, purified by time.