WILLIAMS EXHIBITION TO HIGHLIGHT OPENING RECEPTION OF THE 2014 OZARKS STUDIES SYMPOSIUM
Barbara Williams, artist and per course faculty member at Missouri State University -West Plains, will be the guest speaker at the opening reception for the Ozarks Studies Symposium on Thursday,
September 18, from 5 – 7 PM on the mezzanine at the West Plains Civic Center. Her photographic exhibit, “Ozark Snapshots”, will be on display from September 15 through October 5, 2014.
These “snapshots” of Ozarks family members caught in a moment of time are of actual people and actual places in could-have-been combinations. Williams states, “Memories, and what my eyes still see, are combined in mixed media collage of etchings, water media and photographs. Producing them has been a way to stop time, making it stay; to keep the people, places and things with me which are too valuable to disappear and which have too quickly changed. Collected items such as brightly colored 1930’s tablecloths, wall coverings, period furniture and images of remaining Ozarks native stone buildings serve as inspiration and reference for these pieces of a time ‘here and gone.’”
The reception is admission free and sponsored by the West Plains Council on the Arts and Community Foundation of the Ozarks with financial support from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.