Posts Tagged ‘Mickey Williams’

Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art in Charleston, SC, Features Works by Mickey Williams

April 30, 2012

I don’t usually post info about exhibits that come to us late – but there are always exceptions. This is a good one.

Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art in Charleston, SC, will present the exhibit, Islands Revisited – New Oil Paintings from Mickey Williams, on view from May 1 – 31, 2012, A reception will be held on May 4, from 5-8pm, in conjunction with the Gallery Row and French Quarter Art Walk.

Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art is thrilled to host another stellar show for local artist Mickey Williams, with a new body of works arriving for a May opening and the second French Quarter Art Walk of the year. Williams’s paintings will continue to focus on the surrounding barrier islands and Charleston area wetlands, with a plethora of additional paintings he has been working on throughout the cooler months.

The new body of works will also include a series of winter beach scenes as well as more electrifying nocturnal landscapes with bonfires and controlled burns done on outlying properties. His soulful Southern landscapes are moody scenes of the lowcountry at dusk and dawn, and have a subtle but trademark-worthy spiritual overtone.

Williams has an incredible following and his signature style is the perfect fit for our gallery. Since we brought him on board in November 2011 his work has consistently been a part of the gallery’s pulse. His popularity continues to rise and he has spectacularly succeeded in creating his brilliant yet contemplative canvases.

Williams was born in 1961 in Anchorage, AK. At ten his family moved to the Isle of Palms, at a time when most of the island remained undeveloped and unspoiled. His interest in art dates from his childhood and although he won many awards in high school, he earned his college degree from the University of South Carolina in Government and International Studies. Six years after graduating from college, while working in the restaurant business, Williams started painting again and quickly realized that this would be his life’s path.

Williams is a self-taught artist who learned his craft from studying art in books and in museums. His work is inspired by the ethereal and romantic beauty of the lowcountry that he fell in love with as a child. Today Williams lives with his wife and three children in Mt. Pleasant, SC.

“I paint the air, the land and the water that surround me,” says Williams. “I have always felt a deep emotional and spiritual bond with nature and feel blessed to live and work in an area that is so inspiring to the mind and soul. My landscape paintings are visual interpretations of what I see with my eyes and my heart. I attempt with every painting to draw a parallel connection between nature and personal experience.”

Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art is located at 58 Broad Street in downtown Charleston, SC.

For further information call the gallery at 843/722-3660 or visit (www.ellarichardson.com).

South Carolina Artists Have Works on View in Senegal Africa as Part of US Department of State’s office of ART in Embassies Program

March 2, 2012

Pictured here is In Formation, a 40″ x 30″ painting by Leslie Pratt-Thomas which is on loan for the next two years to the US Embassy in Senegal, Africa. Several other Charleston, SC, painters have works featured in this show including: Lese Corrigan, John Doyle, West Fraser, Mark Horton, Jennifer Rogers, Shannon Smith and Mickey Williams. A longleaf pine needle basket by Columbia, SC, artist, Clay Burnette is also in the exhibit, as well as other works by regional artists.

Established in 1963, the US Department of State’s office of ART in Embassies (AIE) plays a vital role in our nation’s public diplomacy through a culturally expansive mission, creating temporary exhibitions and permanent collections, artist and cultural exchange programming, and publications. The Museum of Modern Art first envisioned this global visual arts program a decade earlier. In the early 1960s, President John F. Kennedy formalized it, naming the program’s first director. Now with over 200 venues, AIE curates temporary and permanent exhibitions for the representational spaces of all US chanceries, annexes, consulates, and embassy residences worldwide, commissioning and selecting contemporary art from the US and the host countries. These exhibitions provide international audiences with a sense of the quality, scope, and diversity of both countries’ art and culture, establishing AIE’s presence in more countries than any other US foundation or arts organization.

AIE’s exhibitions allow foreign citizens, many of whom might never travel to the United States, to personally experience the depth and breadth of our artistic heritage and values, making what has been called a: ”footprint that can be left where people have no opportunity to see American art.”

For further information visit (http://art.state.gov/default.aspx).


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