The Purple Pomegranate, a fine craft specialty store, is featuring work by Kalispell resident, Nanci Williams during the month of July. For all of her working years, Nanci has been a graphic designer having worked with design studios, advertising agencies, architects, freelance, and for CNN in Atlanta. Her work included corporate logos, brochures, murals, super graphics, signage, posters, and television news graphics. She was also interested in and created jewelry during that time. After moving to Montana in 1999, she was a regular at farmers’ markets, craft shows, and other venues where she sold her jewelry. And her graphic design background has been used to switch to her new phase of artwork.
While still occupied with her jewelry, Nanci began to think about other art forms in a different scale that were of interest to her and had been compiling sketches and ideas for a shift to making decorative pieces for yards and gardens. This year, she began to transfer some of those ideas into the pieces she is showing at The Purple Pomegranate. They are in the black and white style of the characters she incorporated into the ski chair she created last summer for The Big Ski Chair Affair that was a benefit for the SNOW Bus. The images are from drawings she makes and are transferred to wood to be cut out and finished. The pieces on display for Gallery Night are made from outdoor marine grade plywood, painted with outdoor paint and sealed with outdoor sealer. She creates them in the sawdust-covered floor of what used to be her garage and paints them in what used to be her living room. She is working on new images all the time and eventually will be incorporating other types of woods and perhaps a different scale with her new ideas. She feels that this is just the beginning of her new work and is excited about creating in a fun new medium.
Join us for the opening reception during Whitefish Gallery Night, Thursday, July 5, 2018 from 6-9 PM. Nanci’s work will be displayed during the opening and throughout the month of July.