Opening Reception: 6-8 p.m., Friday, January 18, 2013
Sarah Williams: Remote America, organized by AMSET, exhibits familiar scenes transformed by glowing lights and enveloping darkness. Sarah Williams’ oil paintings recognize the beauty and isolation that can be found in seemingly ordinary places. Much of her artwork is a reflection of the rural Midwest where she grew up. Williams is drawn to the familiar places that are often ignored, but are always present in the periphery. She depicts these scenes as lonely, isolated places illuminated by an eerie glow and surrounded by vast darkness. The artist’s use of saturated color creates an intense and expressive depth and mood to her images.
Williams taught painting and drawing at the University of North Texas. She is now a tenure track professor of painting and drawing at Missouri State University. Williams will be participating in an artist-in-residency at AMSET. After the students view her artwork, they will learn about her approach to painting and her source of ideas. With high school students, she will explain how she renders glowing lights and how to incorporate the drama of light to strengthen an image. Middle school students will learn about creating a dramatic format in their artwork, and establish different fields of focus and depth.
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