The Women of Influence Luncheon Series provides opportunities and a venue for women leaders to network, share their best insights and business practices, and foster connections with others.
Each quarterly luncheon will address a particular key issue and solutions to women's advancement.
Castle Rock Chamber is proud to welcome: Mary Williams as our special guest speaker.
Living in St. Louis her entire life, Mary needed a change. So in 1991, she and her husband moved to Colorado, the state in which they were married the previous year.
With 10 years experience under her belt as an art director, Mary soon found employment at an advertising agency in Denver. Then a couple of years later, she began a long stint with The Integer Group as a creative director.
In 1997, Mary was blessed with motherhood and a year later she decided to give up her 18-year successful career in marketing as an artist to stay home with her son and began exploring wood as an art form. Primarily a self-taught artist, Mary attended workshops under nationally known artists at Anderson Ranch Art Center in Colorado and Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina to learn carving techniques and woodworking skills. Soon after, she found herself creating colorful wood sculptures from aspen trees and using wood panels as a canvas for her whimsical designs.
Mary’s inspiration comes from nature that she carves as shapes, lines, and textures to create abstract imagery. Layers of color sanded away to a bare wood leave a warm, weathered feel, while her choice of colors are just plain fun! She has been known to take any wood object such as antique skis or wooden shoe forms and transform then into
colorful carved sculptures.
While the majority of Mary’s work are created from wood, she has a pool of talented artist that help her build her sculptures using a variety of forms, methods, and materials. Mary’s work has been commissioned for public spaces such as:
healthcare, corporate, educational, hospitality and residential.
Along the way, Mary’s artworks found a home within the healthcare environment that led to her current role as the Visual Arts Specialist with the Rocky Mountain
Adventist Foundation Healing Arts Program.
Now Mary divides her time between curating 6 galleries in four Adventist Hospitals and creating her own work.
Here are just a few locations where Mary has commissioned artworks –
Student Success Building at Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
Porcupine Lodge, Eaglecrest Resort, Juneau, Alaska
Children’s Hospital, Aurora, Colorado
Schoenbar Middle School, Ketchikan, Alaska
Castle Rock Adventist Hospital, Castle Rock, Colorado
Parker Adventist Hospital, Parker, Colorado
Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, Colorado
Hide Out Ski School, Aspen, Colorado
See all of Mary’s art at www.marywilliamsart.com
Come be inspired and empowered as Mary shares her stories of hard decisions and steps she had to take on her journey to success.