Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

January 9, 2014

The works of Donna Williams

'Found objects' art finds home at MAC

The Independent

PRESTONSBURG — An eclectic collection of forgotten items brought to life will dash the walls of the Mountain Arts Center beginning this week as it hosts the art exhibit of Floyd County native Donna Williams.

Williams' exhibit, “Parsing the Lunacy,” will be on display at the Mountain Arts Center through Feb. 27.

Williams is part of a new generation of eastern Kentucky artists creating buzz throughout the coal fields.

Williams said her work, which relies on found objects, gives voice to the ideas in her mind. “Most times, it is easier for me to say through art what I am hesitant to say out loud. There is something very liberating about sticking crow feet on a doll’s body and maybe anchoring her in a box to represent what I feel emotionally. There is freedom in embracing your oddities.”

Williams’ art literally consists of random objects from doll heads to old jewelry and rusty nails — anything that draws her interest makes its way into the creative process.

Since 2011 her work has been featured at the AAC, the Underground Gallery in Whitesburg, Appalshop, the Perry County Public Library, as well as All Good Things and Lizzie B's in Prestonsburg.

In 2013, she was invited to exhibit her work in Oslo, Norway, as part of an international exhibit. 

She is a founder of the regional art group Kentucky Art Tribe based in Prestonsburg and member of EpiCentre Arts in Whitesburg.

Williams is a juried member of the Appalachian Artisan Center, where she has her studio.

Along with Lacy Hale of Whitesburg, Williams co-hosts a radio show; “Art Matters,” which can be heard at 6 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month on WMMT 88.7.

A reception and opportunity to meet the artist will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 6. More of Williams’ work can be seen  WAaat facebook.com/donna.williams.art or donnawilliamsart@blogspot.com.