This spring Brio had a two day workshop with guest artist, John Williams. He is a local award-winning artist who specializes in collage art. The workshop focus was landscape, and we had a mix of all ages and abilities. Everyone’s work is quite amazing in its diverse perspective. Come to our fun pop up show that will feature John William’s work and collages created by the students at the workshop. We believe that art is for all and there is an artist inside all of us that wants and needs to express itself.
We will have light refreshments at 7PM.
7:30PM We will have a short slide show of the workshop by Brio intern, Derek Sooley and then John Williams will speak about his work and the workshop, and then mill around and enjoy the show before or after!
As an autistic adult, John sees his work as a metaphor for his daily life. “The world is for me a chaotic place. Thoughts and images swirl around endlessly in my head, making it hard to stay calm and focused. Art helps me live with autism by channeling my energy into creating new visions. I make order out of chaos by organizing many disparate elements into a unified and coherent image. I spend significant time researching my subjects to learn about them and their historical surroundings. By marrying my artistic vision with my passion for history, I seek to present a new perspective on history.”
John’s work has been exhibited at the Outsider Art Fair in New York, the Outsider Folk Art Gallery in Pennsylvania, the SOFA show in Chicago and numerous locations in New England. Also his work has been featured in articles and books, including a cover story forThe Folk Art Messenger, feature article in the Boston Globe and Drawing Autism by Jill Mullin, soon to be reissued in paperback.