“Head Dress is a show about identity, both inside and out.”
Morris Williams’ sculptures are imbued with poise and regal beauty while her richly colored paintings, abstractly and figuratively, tell stories of courage and vulnerability. Many of Morris Williams’ women are adorned with headdresses, whether a flowing design or for simple protection, each piece speaks about the woman’s whole spirit.
Show: “Head Dress”
Artist: Juliette Morris Williams
Show Dates: Thursday, March 5th through Tuesday March 31st
Where: Nevada City Winery, 321 Spring Street, Nevada City
Opening Reception: March 6th (5-7pm)
Preview Show at www.NCWinery.com.
Join us to meet the artist, view her work, and enjoy a glass of Nevada City wine. Light appetizers will be served.
Where: Nevada City Winery 321 Spring Street Nevada City, CA 95959 530-265-9463 www.NCWinery.com
Morris Williams Discusses what Influences Her Work and Her Process
“Head Dress” is a show about identity, both inside and out. Sometimes we feel very protective of our feelings and put out a ‘shield’ to others. That shield might be in the form of our apparel, our words, or even our way of walking. The headdress has been used throughout history as a form of identity, but also to convey status, to frighten, or command respect.
I have used sculpture and paintings to explore the feelings I have had since being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. MS is my own invisible ‘headdress’. Having MS is not who I am, but it can dictate how I live and interact. These pieces reflect how I use my ‘head dress’ in life, outwardly and inwardly to myself, to live life to its fullest.
A lot of my work centers around the creation of movement and space – going from dancing and being very active – to learning how to express motion and mobility in other ways. My work focuses on expressing the motion within emotion. Clay takes me back to my dance years, as it allows me to not only create the image but feel it while I create. I’ve not felt this close to my true self since dance! With words, poems, and scratches I work my paintings with layers upon layers of color and images to produce a field of motion. So much is packed into each piece that they are like autobiographical pieces that I can release, knowing that I am saying what I can say in the only way I truly know how.
About the Artist
Juliette Morris Williams has been creating art since childhood and studied in San Jose, California at the San Jose Museum of Art (painting, drawing) in the 1970s and 80s, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in the mid-1980s (modern dance), and with Keith Lo Bue (mixed media, metalworking) of Sydney Australia in 2013. She is currently studying with master sculptor Deborah Bridges in Grass Valley, California and is curator and Artist-In-Residence of the Osborn/Woods Gallery at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City, California since 2016.
About Nevada City Winery
Nevada City Winery offers a diverse selection of wines that can be enjoyed in a tasting, by the glass and the bottle. Guests are welcome to sit and relax in our tasting room, gallery, or on the patio. Our gift shop has a wonderful selection of wine-gifts and accessories, cheeses, and other treats to enjoy during your visit. Our barrel room and production facilities are on the premises and located directly below the tasting room enabling us to share crush related activities. Our gallery hosts a different local artist each month and is open to the public free of charge. You are invited to join us for the opening art receptions typically held from 5:00 to 7:00 pm (fall/winter hours) or 6:00 to 8:00 pm (spring/summer hours) on the first Friday of every month. Please verify the dates and times on our website www.NCWinery.com.
Nevada City Winery Hours
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3:00 – 6:00 PM daily
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