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Photo by Wanda Jackson. Surrealism artist Steven Williams, of Laurel, stands with his work "Farewell Kathy and Steve" at Montpelier Arts Center.
Published on: Thursday, November 08, 2012
By Wanda Jackson
An exhibit at the Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel through Nov. 25 reveals works of art with real meaning and power.
In his work “Farewell Kathy and Steve,” Laurel resident and surrealist Steven Williams incorporates his late wife and himself with four flying-saucer type craft hovering overhead in an electric angel-blue sky. Light beaming from one of the craft, marked as number “3,” illuminates two small figures standing on a silver area that is clearly labeled “Ocean beach.”
“Ocean City” in his work evokes memories of one of his and his wife’s “favorite places.”
“I lost my wife, Kathy, almost three years ago, and for the year after she died, I couldn’t do any work in my home studio,” Williams said.
Following numerous attempts to get back to painting, Williams came up with an idea to create a work about “transitioning from one place to another.” Still unable to paint at home, he soon moved to his current art studio at Montpelier, where he completed the work.
Using found objects and textured acrylics, Williams constructed 16 paintings for the center’s exhibit, which hangs in the Resident Artist Gallery. His paintings use elements of surprise and surrealism “to inject humor into what would otherwise would be a relentless descent into the shadow side of life,” according to a statement in the exhibit’s program.
With the exception of “”Farewell Kathy and Steve,” which is not for sale, Williams’ works range from $150 to $400.
Williams studied art at the University of Maryland and Montpelier Arts Center. Following a career in telecommunications, he now devotes his time to his art. Williams has exhibited extensively in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and has works in several private collections.
For additional information about Williams’ exhibit, call Montpelier Arts Center at 301-377-7800. The center, located at 9652 Muirkirk Road in Laurel, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.