Thunder Bay Arts Council presents local painter Maureen McWilliams as its featured artist for the month of December.
An open house in her honor will be held Dec. 7 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the TBAC Office/Gallery located at 127 W. Chisholm. McWilliams will feature several of her paintings in watercolor, acrylic and oil, as well as some of her decorative painted plates. Refreshments also will be served.
McWilliams is a retired court reporter and an Alpena area transplant from Royal Oak. She has always loved art, but began painting in earnest in 2004.
Artwork by Maureen McWilliams
Watercolor, oil and acrylic are her favorite media though, "it's always fun to experiment with something new," she said. She is most inspired by wildlife and people, especially children.
McWilliams enjoys hosting workshops and classes, and encourages others to give painting a try.
"Decorative painting, in particular, is a very teachable form of art, and a great place for beginners to start," McWilliams said.
Almost immediately upon making her permanent move to Alpena, after having commuted to Grand Lake for many years, she enrolled in a fine art class at the Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan where she met many of the local artists. She joined the Northeast Michigan Artists' Guild, an organization of artists whose mission is to promote and support art and artists.
"Northeast Michigan has so much to offer the artist and everyone who just enjoys art in all its forms: East Shore Art Guild and Dragonfly Gallery in Harrisville, Art in the Loft in Alpena, Besser Museum , which provides many opportunities for artists to display their work, including the Northeast Michigan Juried Art Exhibition, just to name a few," McWilliams said. "And of course, Thunder Bay Arts Council offers many opportunities for people in the community to enjoy art of all kinds. I'm very proud to be an artist member of the Thunder Bay Arts Council Gallery, a fine art gallery which really has something for everyone."
When she is not painting in her studio, McWilliams enjoys playing her guitar and working in her flower gardens, archery, hunting and horseback-riding with her husband.