WWU Features ‘Common Ground’ Exhibit

The current art exhibit at William Woods University features sculpture, paintings and jewelry by three women from the Fulton area—Allison and Jen Williams, who are sisters, and Jane Bell. They have titled their exhibit “Common Ground,” as they are all from the same hometown.

The exhibit is scheduled to run through Dec. 15 in the Mildred M. Cox Gallery of the Gladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts. An opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19.

Jane Bell has begun to venture into abstract art, but primarily her work is representational and figurative. She enjoys working with clay, bronze, metal, plaster and marble. Her artistic pursuits have led her to studies at William Woods University, University of Missouri-Columbia and Pientrasanta, Italy.

Bell commented, “Sculpture is very labor intensive, but extremely satisfying.”

Alison Williams has experimented with several media, from painting to sculpture, but has been most inspired by three-dimensional form. Currently most of her efforts are spent with hard woods, such as walnut, mahogany and stone, particularly alabaster.

She explained, “Much of my work is biomorphic or figurative in design, as there are so many elements in nature and in the human form that are intriguing to me as a sculptor.”

Jen Williams credits her parents for supporting her artistic endeavors: “Seems their intelligence, wit and crafty natures set the creative stage in our household.” She says her hopes for her work are to “have them be accessible, make them aesthetically pleasing without being pretty and have them convey knowledge of design, as well as a negating of this knowledge.”

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call (573) 592-4245.