Exhibit Showcases Ceramic Artwork of Myrtle Williams

by Diane VanDyke

Montgomery County Community College invites the community to see the ceramic artwork of Myrtle Williams in her exhibit, “Spiritual Heritage Goddesses and the Body Beautiful.”

Williams’ exhibition will be held from Jan.18-Feb. 17, at the College’s Fine Arts Center Gallery, Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. An artist’s reception will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. with a gallery talk at 6 p.m. The exhibition, talk and reception are free and open to the public. Montgomery County Community College Ceramics student Marilyn Umen and the Ceramics Club are sponsoring the exhibit.

“My work features women, whom I refer to as ‘goddesses,’” said Williams, a long-time supporter of the arts at the College. “The exhibit is an ongoing tribute to women of the past, present and future.”

Williams graduated from Beaver College with a Fine Arts degree in Printmaking. She then started taking some additional art classes at Montgomery County Community College including ceramics classes and “fell in love with the medium.”

“I like three-dimensional artwork because you can walk around and look at it from different angles,” she said. “The College has an excellent reputation for its art classes, and I’ve taken all kinds of classes, including photography, mold making and kiln building.”

Besides taking classes, Williams also worked as a studio assistant and taught classes as an adjunct instructor at the College, after completing a residency program at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia.

Williams’ work has appeared in numerous exhibits and galleries in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Washington D.C., among others. She previously held an exhibit at the College in 2000.

For more information about the exhibition, contact Gallery Director Holly Cairns at 215-619-7349 or hcairns@mc3.edu.

You can help support the arts and art education programs at Montgomery County Community College by becoming a Friend of The Galleries. Donations are tax deductible. For more information, contact the College Foundation at 215-641-6535.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed weekends.

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