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SHARON LYNN WILLIAMS, IPAP, AFCA, ASA

Artist’s Statement 
I began painting oils 'en plein air' (in the fresh air) three years ago last spring as the weather was so nice and I longed to escape the confines of my studio and connect once again with nature. I was totally surprised by the sense of wonder I felt, and the spontaneity and honesty the paintings revealed. I love the spiritual connection I make while the wind is blowing through my hair and the sounds and smells fill out my senses. A great passion has since overtaken me and I try to get out painting as often as my schedule and the weather permit.
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International Plein Air Painters Worldwide organization - Changing the world one brushstroke at a time...  
Est. 10/19/01
Sharon Lynn Williams, Plein Air painter
Signature Member
35 Oakmount Place SW, 
Calgary, Alberta T2V 4Y2, 
(403) 238-4744
 williams.sharon@shaw.ca
 www.sharonlynnwilliams.com
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SHARON LYNN WILLIAMS. afca, asa

Born: Toronto, Ontario, 1954  Residence: 35 Oakmount Place SW, Calgary, Alberta T2V 4Y2, (403) 238-4744
 Email: williams.sharon@shaw.ca    Web Site: www.sharonlynnwilliams.com
Daily Painting Blog: http://sharonlynnwilliams.blogspot.com

Artistic Affiliations:
Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA) -Signature member (AFCA) and past president of Calgary Chapter
Signature member and past South Branch Chairperson of the Alberta Society of Artists (ASA)
Signature member International Plein Air Painters Society (IPAP) 
Exhibitions:
Recent Solo Exhibitions: 2010 --“Romancing The Land”, Arts On Atlantic Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
2009      –“En Plein Air iii”, Arts On Atlantic Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
2008       -“En Plein Air”, Arts On Atlantic Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
2007-"Peripheral Vision", Arts On Atlantic Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
-Art And Soul Gallery, High River, Alberta
2006-"Explorations", Globe Theatre, Calgary, Alberta
2005-"A Stitch In Time", Globe Theatre, Calgary, Alberta
2003–“New Journeys: Bridging Watercolour, Printmaking and Mixed Media”; Centennial Art Gallery, Calgary
Selected Recent Small Group Shows: 2000- 2010 -Calyx Distinctive Arts, Calgary, AB & CAVA gallery, Edmonton, A2007-"Women in Art", Centre D'Arts Visuel, Edmonton, AB;
2006-"Unplugged", Elevation Gallery, Canmore AB; 4 person show, CAVA gallery, Edmonton, AB
Selected Recent Juried Group Exhibitions: 2010 - ”Mad About Art”, FCA show Calgary; “The Garden Show”, ASA gallery
2009       -“Absolutely Art”, FCA show, Calgary
-Calgary Stampede Western Art Auction, Calgary Stampede, Calgary, AB
 2008-"Being Human", International Juried Figurative Art Show, Leighton Art Centre, AB
-"Small is All" and "The Home Show", ASA Inter-provincial Traveling Exhibitions, Alberta
-"Juried Members Show" , invitation piece, Leighton Art Centre, AB
2007-"Stepping Out", ASA show, Point of Art Gallery & Max Bell Theatre, Calgary, AB
-"Absolutely Art"& "Mad About Art", Federation of Canadian Artist shows, Calgary
2006-"Spillsbury Medal Show", Federation Gallery, Vancouver, BC
                -Calgary Stampede Western Art Auction, Calgary Stampede, Calgary, AB
-"Common Ground", ASA/MSA collaborative traveling show throughout Alberta and Manitoba
                -"Mentors in our Midst", Leighton Art Centre, Alberta
2005-"Memory and Identity", ASA 75th Anniversary traveling show throughout Alberta
–“Reflections”, Alberta Society of Artists Traveling show at locations across Alberta
 - Society of Watercolor Artists 23nd  Annual International Exhibition, Dallas, TX, USA
“Diversity and Harmony”, Alberta Society of Artists, Calgary, AB; “Altered States II”, Federation Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2003–Calgary Exhibition and Stampede -Western Art Auction and Quick Draw, Calgary,AB
-Alberta Foundation for the Arts Traveling Exhibition Program (Aug 03-July 05); locations across Alberta;
- Society of Watercolor Artists 22nd International Exhibition, Dallas, TX, USA 
Recent Awards: 2010 –“Mad About Art”, Merit Award and Honorable Mention, Federation of Canadian Artists, Calgary, AB
2009 –Juror’s Choice award, “Absolutely Art”, Federation of Canadian Artists, Calgary, AB
2008- six way finish for Best Local Artist by readership poll, Avenue Magazine, January 2008
2006 -"Award of Excellence", Spillsbury Medal Show, Federation Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2005 –Third Place Award, "Juried Members Show", Leighton Centre, Alberta
2003 -awarded Signature status in the Federation Of Canadian Artists (AFCA)
        -“Mixed Messages”, Federation Gallery, Vancouver, “People’s Choice Award”
2002- Society of Watercolor Artists 21st International Exhibition, Hurst, TX, USA, “Founder’s Award” (2nd prize)
Public Collection Representation: Alberta Energy and Utilities Board, Calgary, AB
North American Baptist Conference, Chicago, IllinoisMuttart Public Art Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
               Pancanadian Petroleum Ltd., Calgary, AlbertaRockyview General Hospital, Calgary, Alberta
Spartan Controls, Calgary, AlbertaCanadian Development Corporation, Calgary, Alberta
Gallery Representation: 
 On Atlantic Gallery, Calgary, AB;  Centre D'Arts Visuels, Edmonton, AB; Leighton Art Centre, outside Calgary, AB; Art & Soul Gallery, High River, AB
Publications: - Best of Worldwide Artists –Mixed Media Vol. 1, Kennedy Publishing, release date 2010; Canadian Brushstrokes Magazine, issue #18, Mar/Apr 2010, cover and pg 4;"Best Of Calgary" (six way finish for Best Local Artist), Avenue Magazine, January 2008, pp.46-49; Watercolour Instructional Video, White Pine Productions, 2007; FCA Calgary Newsletter, "Featured Artist", Nov 2007; Art Avenue Magazine, Vol 7, No2,  Mar/Apr 2007, pg.2, Eleventh Transmission e-magazine, "Featured Artist", October 2006, issue 7; International Artist Magazine, Dec/Jan 2005, issue #40, pg. 130 , “Master Painters of the World- Canada Showcase”; Alberta Views Magazine, Nov/Dec 2003, Vol. 6, no.6, pg. 20; Dallas Star-Telegram –Northeast Tarrant, “A Bold Stroke”, pp 1BB, 11BB, March 31, 2002; “Celebrate Your Creative Self”, by Mary Todd Beam, North Light Books 2001, pp.62-63; Legacy Magazine, Winter 2001; The Watercolour Gazette – Feature Artist -November 2000, also in January ‘01and March ‘01 issues; Alberta Society of Artists- The First Seventy Years, by K.E.Zimon