The Ewing Arts Commission and Art Has No Boundaries will feature the diverse paintings by Ewing resident Mabel “Freda” Williams in December at the Ewing Municipal Building. The month-long exhibition will include a Meet the Artist night on Monday, Dec. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m.
“Ms. Williams’ visual art not only reflects her love of color, but truly gives you a glimpse into who she is,” said Jennifer Keyes-Maloney, Ewing Council liaison to the Ewing Art Commission. “Her art is personal and poignant, vibrant and moving, expressing what matters to her as an individual and as a member of her community.”
Williams began painting at age 8 as a personal expression, continuing to paint and experiment artistically throughout her life. Her work portrays a wide range of diverse images that draw from her life experiences, individual reflections and creativity.
Her art runs the gamut, depicting scenes of historical events, African American roots, beautiful landscapes, and vivid, abstract images that reflect both past and current periods and settings.
While most of her recent work is in acrylic, she works in a number of mediums including oil, alcohol, water color, and on fabric as well as wood.
A native of North Carolina, Williams has been a resident of the Trenton area and Ewing Township for more than 50 years.
She worked for the state Department of Education for 27 years, retiring as the manager of Equal Employment/Affirmative Action.
Prior to working at the DOE, she spent 20 years as manager of employment and placement with U.S. Steel Corporation. She began her career with John A. Roebling steel company in Trenton.
Throughout those years, her art was primarily for personal and creative expression, often to balance the intensity of a professional life. Paintings were a frequent gift to lucky family members and friends. It wasn’t until retirement that she began to contemplate becoming a full-time artist.
Her first public exhibition was at the Lawrence Library in 2009. She has also exhibited at the Ewing Library on several occasions, the Hopewell Valley Community Bank and Blooming Grove Inn.
Her paintings have been on display at Art All Night in Trenton. She was also a first-place winner at the Mercer County Arts Commission Senior Art Show, receiving honorable mention at the state level several years ago.
She has also served as a mamber of the Ewing Township Arts Commission.
“Freda’s work is instantly recognized and is sought throughout the region and around the country,” says a township press release. She encourages people of all ages and backgrounds to participate in the diversity of art.”
The Ewing Arts Commission and the Art Has No Boundaries organization partnered last year to begin showcasing Ewing Township artists at Ewing town hall.
Establishing a monthly display of local art work, the art installation features two to three-dimensional art on the second floor of the municipal building.
Participating artists are affiliated with the Ewing Arts Commission, a municipal body that seeks to promote the arts in our community, and the Art Has No Boundaries organization, a group that provides art programming at the Ewing Senior Community Center.
Local artists interested in having their art showcased at town hall or parties interested in donating to this, or future art events/programs, should contact the Ewing Arts Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Williams’ work go to fredasartgallery.com.