Local artist’s work featured in show
Mary Williams stands with her finished piece.
by Carin R. Kirkegaard
Mary Williams, local Castle Pines artist and owner of Wild Wood Art, will have her wall reliefs featured in a group show that features circular patterns in nature at the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder, Colorado. In the show, “Enso the Circle”, Williams uses tree growth rings as a visual reference in her pieces.
Before settling into her career as a woodworking artist, Williams spent 20 years in the marketing field. She designed large dimensional signs that were placed in permanent locations. It was during this time that Williams stumbled upon working with logs.
The house where Williams and her husband were currently living had an inoperable fireplace. Williams decided to make the most of the situation and painted a group of Aspen logs to brighten the space. This idea of creating art from logs stayed with her and eventually she worked up some prototypes of dyed and painted logs that she took to local galleries. With a fireplace theme, the natural spot for display of Williams’ art was on the floor. However, Williams wanted to get her work placed at eye level. Which led to creating pieces that would hang on the wall or totems that could stand-alone or be suspended from the ceiling.
Williams works as a commissioned artist and has her work on permanent display across the United States. Her first public art piece, “BOB” was completed in 2003 and resides at the Phillip S. Miller Library in Castle Rock. Recently, William’s “Twin Totems” was purchased by the Aurora Public Art program and will be permanently displayed at the Aurora History Museum.
The Dairy Center show will have an opening reception on June 26 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Williams’ work will be on display through July 31. To learn more about Wildwood Art visit www.wildwoodart.net. To keep up with Williams and her work visit her blogspot at http://marywilliamswildwoodart.blogspot.com. .