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Parsing the Lunacy – a Donna Williams exhibit to be hosted at the MAC

     An eclectic collection of forgotten items brought to life will dash the walls of the Mountain Arts Center as it hosts the art exhibit of Floyd County native Donna Williams.
     Williams’ exhibit, “Parsing the Lunacy,” will be on display at the MAC beginning January 7 and continue through February 27, with a reception and opportunity to meet Donna Williams to be held on February 6, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
     Williams is part of a new generation of Eastern Kentucky artists creating buzz throughout the coal fields. Her work, which relies on ‘found objects,’ gives her voice to the ideas in her mind.  “Most times it is easier for me to say through art, what I am hesitant to say out loud. There is something very liberating about sticking crow feet on a doll’s body and maybe anchoring her in a box to represent what I feel emotionally. There is freedom in embracing your oddities.”
     Williams’ art literally consists of random objects from doll heads to old jewelry and rusty nails – anything that draws her interest makes its way into the creative process. Since 2011 her work has been featured at the AAC, the Underground Gallery in Whitesburg, Appalshop, the Perry County Public Library, as well as All Good Things and Lizzie B’s in Prestonsburg.
     In 2012 Donna was invited to exhibit her work in Oslo, Norway as part of an international exhibit.
She is a founder of the regional art group Kentucky Art Tribe based in Prestonsburg, and member of EpiCentre Arts based in Whitesburg.
     Donna is a juried member of the Appalachian Artisan Center where her studio is currently located.
Along with Lacy Hale of Whitesburg, Donna co-hosts a radio show called Art Matters which can be heard the third Wednesday of every month on WMMT 88.7 at 6pm.
     More of Williams’ work can be seen online at www.facebook.com/donna.williams.art or www.donnawilliamsart@blogspot.com.
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On January 7, 2014