Animals, both wild and domestic inspire Laurie Williams’ art. “Since early childhood I have loved animals,” she said, “and have made them the subject of my paintings.” Sutter Creek Gallery’s featured artist for November grew up on a ranch which allowed her the opportunity to learn about the goats, horses, deer and other creatures which are the focus of her art. Each year at the county fair, Williams sits in the animal enclosures making life drawings, which are later turned into bold-colored acrylic paintings. Her show will open on Saturday, November 6, with a reception starting at 2 p.m.
Williams was inspired by the great colorists—Gauguin, Van Gogh, the Fauves and the German expressionists—while studying art at Sonoma and Humboldt State Universities and the San Francisco Art Institute. Because of these influences, her paintings of animals are depicted realistically but often against abstract backgrounds that are richly colored and patterned. In addition to paintings, the show will feature painted clay necklaces of animals augmented with beads.
Sutter Creek Gallery invites you to meet Laurie Williams on November 6 and to view her vibrant creations at 40 Main Street, Sutter Creek. Besides original paintings and photography, the gallery offers many affordable items including prints, cards, jewelry, pottery, gourds and fiber arts as well as custom matting and framing. The gallery is open Thursday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, call 209-267-0228, email email@example.com, or visit www.suttercreekgallery.com.