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Creating art is my passion.I am drawn to nature and history, to the endless beauty found in colour and texture, and in objects lost and found again.
My work has evolved from childhood attempts at rendering and object or space believable, to letting go of a specific narrative and allowing for the space that occurs between the known and the unknown.This has become a way of archiving and excavating memory and allows for the platform of free expression.
I am most interested in expressing that which has no language:the raw, unedited emotion that lies in each of us.It is in this place of awe, wonder, magic or sheer trepidation that I choose to create, expressing the joy, pain and sometimes the horror that lie beneath the surface of the human experience.
The evolution of form in this way is a process that I have developed that requires an intuitive response to materials, while continuing to acknowledge the limitations and possibilities available to me.
Sherry Leigh Williams was born and raised in Edson, Alberta. She ranched in Little Smoky, A.B and Chetwynd, B.C where she raised her family. A self-taught artist during those years her work was awarded in the Images and Objects juried shows in Fort St John, BC and toured the province.
Williams relocated to Salt Spring Island in 1998 where she continued to pursue her artistic development. After much deliberation she relocated to Victoria, BC to follow a lifelong dream of becoming a visual arts professor.
Graduating in 2004 with a VCA Diploma in Fine Art, and was ranked in the top two percent of any student ever taught by Robin Mayor director of Victoria College of Art.
From 2004-2008 Sherry was immersed in the Bachelor of Arts program at the University of Victoria. Sherry maintained top academic standing, and was inducted into the prestigious Golden Key Honor Society. Unfortunately her dreams were cut short when she was involved in two motor vehicle accidents that resulted in a chronic disability that has greatly impacted her life.
Sherry was actively involved in numerous art related events and her work has been featured in several media reports. Her photography The 'Magna Carta Tree' has been featured in The Times Colonist as part of a campaign by The Lands Conservancy to protect the forest surrounding Royal Roads University.
Commissioned by The Bay Center in its downtown location in 2004 to paint a historical motif on her Orca as part of The Orcas In The City project. Deschamp's Quest was a wonderful opportunity to share my own family history as a Métis person, and as a descendant of the rugged Métis Voyageurs - said Williams.
Williams was community artist for Luminara Victoria where she created larger than life sized sculptures for the community lantern events.
In 2003 Williams wrote and illustrated two children's books A First Step and Parent Guide a project that was designed to combat racism and initiative of Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Society, Williams took the books and spoke to children kindergarten to grade in the public schools in the greater Victoria School District 61
1990-96 Sherry and Angelique Prince with the support of Yvonne Eldon of the Chetwynd Community Art Council created a Hands on Art program in the public schools. As an educator, and author Williams taught in many public schools in Alberta and British Columbia as well as jewelry making at Northern Lights College, Chetwynd, B.C.
See more of my work at:
2010 Art Gallery Of Greater Victoria Fundraiser
2010 Mo:Le, Victoria, BC Canada
2008 Aboriginal Art Crawl
2009 The White Show, University of Victoria
2009 Eagle Feather Gallery
2007 Aboriginal Art Crawl
2006 University of Victoria Sculpture Show
2006 The Look Show Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria
2006 Langham Court Theatre, Victoria BC
2005 Solo Exhibition, Eagle Feather Gallery, Victoria, BC
2004 Graduating Class 2004, Victoria College of Art, Victoria, BC
2004 Peers Art Show, Fundraiser, Victoria BC
2003 Rogue Gallery, OURSAC Victoria, BC
2003 Lost and Found, Pandora Art Studio
2003 Mardi Gras, Fundraiser, ICA, Victoria, BC
2001 Arts Council of Greater Victoria, Women’s Self Portraits, Victoria, BC
1996 BC Festival of The Arts, Fort St John, BC
1996 The Gallery, Chetwynd Arts Council, Chetwynd, BC
1995 B festival of The Arts, Tumbler Ridge, BC
1994 BC Festival of The Arts
1992 Assembly of BC Arts Show
2004 New VI Hudson’s Bay Unveiling of Deschamp’s Quest, Victoria, BC
2004 Times Colonist Official Unveiling of Orcas In The City, May Victoria, BC
2003 Times Colonist for ‘A First Step’ Coloring Book Project, Victoria, BC
2003 December New VI Television, Multicultural Books, Victoria, BC
2003 Times Colonist, Luminara Victoria,’ Dragon Lu”Victoria, BC
2003 New VI Luminara Victoria,’Dragon Lu, ’Victoria , BC
2002 New VI Luminara Victoria Pegasus’ July, Victoria, BC
2002 Times Colonist Luminara ‘ Blue Heron’Victoria, July 25, 2002
The Peace Liard Arts Beat, Spring,’ Going Home’ 1996
1996 The Pioneer, ‘ Art on Her Sleeve’ Chetwynd, BC
1996 The Chetwynd, Echo ‘ Gallery Opening’, Chetwynd, BC
1990 Chetwynd, Echo ‘ Molly Mouse’, Chetwynd, BC