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Nevada City is part of the state-designated Cultural District. The art community is alive and vibrant with an endless pool of talented artists displaying their works.
The Nevada City Winery Art Gallery hosts a different local artist each month and is open to the public free of charge. You are invited to join us at the opening receptions or simply stop by to view the show.
Show Title: “Head Dress”
Artist: Juliette Morris Williams
Show Dates: Thursday, March 5th through Tuesday March 31st
Opening Reception - Friday, March 6th from 5:00-7:00 PM
Join us to meet the artist, view her work, and enjoy a glass of Nevada City wine.
Light appetizers will be served.
“Head Dress is a show about identity, both inside and out.”
Morris Williams’ sculptures are imbued with poise and regal beauty while her richly colored paintings, abstractly and figuratively, tell stories of courage and vulnerability. Many of Morris Williams’ women are adorned with headdresses, whether a flowing design or for simple protection, each piece speaks about the woman’s whole spirit.
A Statement by the Artists
“Head Dress” is a show about identity, both inside and out. Sometimes we feel very protective of our feelings and put out a ‘shield’ to others. That shield might be in the form of our apparel, our words, or even our way of walking. The headdress has been used throughout history as a form of identity, but also to convey status, to frighten, or command respect.
I have used sculpture and paintings to explore the feelings I have had since being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. MS is my own invisible ‘headdress’. Having MS is not who I am, but it can dictate how I live and interact. These pieces reflect how I use my 'Head Dress' in life, outwardly and inwardly to myself, in order to live life to its fullest.
A lot of my work centers around the creation of movement and space - going from dancing and being very active - to learning how to express motion and mobility in other ways. My work really focuses on expressing the motion within emotion. Clay takes me back to my dance years, as it allows me to not only create the image but feel it while I create. I’ve not felt this close to my true self since dance! With words, poems, and scratches I work my paintings with layers upon layers of color and images to produce a field of motion. So much is packed into each piece that they are like autobiographical pieces that I can release, knowing that I am saying what I can say is the only way I truly know how.
Juliette Morris Williams has been creating art since childhood and studied in San Jose, California at the San Jose Museum of Art (painting, drawing) in the 1970s and 80s, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in the mid-1980s (modern dance), and with Keith Lo Bue (mixed media, metalworking) of Sydney Australia in 2013. She is currently studying with master sculptor Deborah Bridges in Grass Valley, California.
She is curator and Artist-In-Residence of the Osborn/Woods Gallery at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City, California since 2016.
Submissions to: Andrea Baruch at