Fargo painter featured at Minot State

Submitted Photo “Lint in My Pocket” and “That Moment You Know You’re Not Alone,” by Emily Williams-Wheeler, will be on display at the Northwest Art Center’s Gordon B. Olson Library Gallery at Minot State Uiversity from Oct. 2-26.

Fargo painter Emily Williams-Wheeler draws inspiration from the bits of random color and textures that make up the lint from a dryer’s trap.

“At first glance, it appears grey, but if you look closely, one will find that it is more complicated than that,” said Williams-Wheeler.

An exhibit of her acrylic paintings and encaustics (pigmented beeswax and resin), “Lint in My Pocket,” will be featured in the Northwest Art Center’s Gordon B. Olson Library Gallery, Minot State University, Oct. 2-26.

In her work, Williams-Wheeler expresses herself with “powerful colors, mood, motion, and mysteries.” She engages the viewer by “exposing only a few clues as to what is buried beneath.”

“Encaustic paintings have the wonderful ability to become sculptural. They are fluid and textural. Naturally, you just want to feel the wax, becoming intimate with its qualities,” said Williams-Wheeler.

A reception with the artist is Oct. 26 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the gallery. Williams-Wheeler will also be a guest speaker for an art seminar at 12 p.m. on Oct. 27 in Aleshire Theatre, MSU.

Williams-Wheeler is a self-taught artist who received her BA in interior design from Iowa State University, Ames. Her work has been exhibited around the country and can be found in medical facilities, corporate offices, schools, retail establishments, and residences. She also leads workshops and has been offering art enrichment and creative thinking classes for children and adults in her studio for more than 10 years.

The exhibit, reception, and seminar talk are free and open to the public. This program is funded in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The gallery is open during regular library hours. Parking in MSU lots is unrestricted after 5 p.m.