The Gibbes Museum of Art welcomes Charleston-based artists Alice Colin and Elizabeth Williams as part of their Visiting Artists program. They will be in residence at the museum now through December 3. Alice will hold open studio hours Monday – Friday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and Sundays noon to 5:00 pm, and Elizabeth’s open studio hours will be Monday – Wednesday, Fridays and Saturdays from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm for the public to see these artists at work.
Alice Colin’s creative process aims at expressing emotions and thoughts through colors and pattern, while balancing shapes and shades. Her inspiration comes from her travels, the many places she’s called home and the facial expressions of people she has encountered. Her portraits try to capture the emotional charge, history and experience a figure may exude. Originally from Bordeaux, France, she has studied, worked and lived in many countries before landing in Charleston. Influenced by a background in communication, she developed a love of creating visual artworks using acrylic colors combined with recycled elements from daily life such as newspaper, leather, fabrics, discarded packaging, and jar labels.
Elizabeth Northcut Williams is a fine artist who lives in Johns Island, SC, with her husband, three children, rescue dog, and parakeet. She grew up in Louisville, KY with family who valued making beautiful things. With that encouragement, she received her BFA in painting from the University of Evansville and has been blessed with art “work” ever since. Using a range of painting and drawing mediums, she combines figurative realism with expressive abstraction on oil-primed linen, panels or paper. In blending traditional portraiture with conceptual storytelling, she can connect the “who” with the “why.” Williams says, “I see this exploration of artmaking as an extension of hospitality, and for that act of connection, I am forever grateful.”
-Submitted by the Gibbes Museum
(Image credits: gibbesmuseum.org and alicecolin.com)