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Vivid oil paintings fill Jackson Gallery

'RIPPLES' BY PETER K.K. Williams

MIDDLEBURY — Peter K.K. Williams creates paintings in oil that are exceptional in their vivid representation of texture and light. Subjects includes landscapes inspired by Vermont, Lake Champlain and the rainforest of Costa Rica, as well as accurate recreations based upon Paleolithic cave paintings from France.  With the eye of a graphic designer, he makes dynamic compositions of wave patterns on the water amplified to contrast with the surrounding rock forms along Lake Champlain. The paintings in this exhibit were chosen from a large body of work created during the last several decades, as well as the most recent.
“I’ve been fortunate in having been able to explore the dictates of my curiosity,” Williams said. “I continue to be fascinated by the abrasion between order and chaos, the process that creates pure visual abstraction, but which is, in fact, dependent upon the physical laws of nature.”
Williams studied painting with the late Frank Hewett at the University of Vermont, and then earned an MFA at Johnson State College, in conjunction with the Vermont Studio Center. He is also a writer and a jazz bassist performing with numerous jazz groups throughout Vermont.
The show will open with a reception for the artist on Friday, Sept. 27, from 5-7 p.m. The exhibit will remain on display through Nov. 10. The Jackson Gallery is located in the lower level of Town Hall Theater, a community and cultural venue located in the center of Middlebury. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 12-5 p.m., and an hour before any public events in the building. For further information call (802) 382-9222 or visit townhalltheater.org.

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