WILLIAMS’ HVCA FEBRUARY OIL PAINTING EXHIBIT PRESERVES THE PAST
Highland Township artist James Williams' oil paintings of landmarks will be presented in Detroit and Beyond: Landmarks Past and Present, February’s Huron Valley Council of the Arts’ exhibit.
His work will be exhibited Feb. 3-27; a gallery opening will take place on Friday, Feb. 5 from 7-9 p.m., at HVCA, 205 W. Livingston Road in Highland. The event will give those those attending the opportunity to meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments.
Williams, who describes himself as a landmark artist, explained what that means. “My paintings are of past and present-day landmarks related to the Detroit, Chicago and Great Lakes regions. These are oil paintings completed in an impressionist realist style," he said.
"Many are based on my personal reflections and my experience of growing up in Detroit," he added. "Themes include lighthouses and Great Lakes themes. Whimsical elements are added that may assist the viewer relate to the time and place of the paintings' theme.
“I enjoy painting the images that represent and preserve much of our past,” Williams stated. “It is an ongoing process.”
Oils are a terrific medium with which to illustrate his subjects, said Williams. “I enjoy the feeling of working with oil paint, its flexibility, and the texturing elements it can create.
“The journey I’ve taken as a painter is always changing and evolving. It has not necessarily been my intention to create exact images of these landmarks, but to capture a place and time that the viewer can relate to personally,” he added.
Williams' awards and honors include first place in the 2014 Allen Park Street Art Fair as well as second place in that event in 2013, first place in the St. Clair Art Association’s 2014 members’ competition, honorable mention in the Grosse Pointe Art Association’s 2013 exhibit, and second place in the 2014 Lac St. Clair Fine Art Show.
His work is represented at the Grand Hotel, Mission Point Resort and Lilacs and Lace, all on Mackinac Island, Detroit Tigers, Drake Hotel (Chicago – Mangels), Detroit Historical Museum, Detroit Artist Market, HVCA’s The Art Shop, and other retail outlets.
Gallery hours for Detroit and Beyond: Landmarks Past and Present are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
For more information, go to huronvalleyarts.org or call HVCA at 248-889-8660.
Based in western Oakland County, Huron Valley Council for the Arts is committed to working with and supporting activities of established and aspiring visual and performing artists and organizations located in and around western Oakland County. For more information, please visithuronvalleyarts.org.