Video Interview

Shirley Williams Artist Headshot

Last week I had the pleasure of being interviewed by my friend, California artist, Nicholas Wilton. It was a lively conversation via Skype that veered all over the map and lasted well over an hour. Nicholas was mostly interested in the long and winding road that I’ve traveled since 1992 when I made the decision […]

Do You Think This is Art?

This past weekend I met up with a group of artist friends after going to Art Toronto at the Convention Centre. Going to Art Fairs is a frequent pilgrimage for me, as I like to see what the top galleries are showing. But seeing what is supposed to be amazing art gets to be more […]

Advice for a Career Change

Do you ever feel bored by your current life or career and long for a more creative life? A few days ago I received this email from one of my Newsletter subscribers. It’s a question I get asked a lot and my answer may surprise you. Dear Shirley, First, I absolutely love your work […]

Never a Dull Moment in the Studio

Have you ever had one of those times when both happy news and sad arrive at your door in a whole slew of rapid events? It kind of makes your head spin a little.

The past few weeks have been a career roller-coaster for me in just that way. Every day seemed to bring […]

‘The Business of Art’

I will be moderating a FREE Visual Arts Panel this Thursday Oct 16, 2014 at Windsor Business Accelerator. Participating arts organizations include:

Windsor Endowment for the Arts Art Gallery of Windsor University of Windsor Ontario Trillium Foundation Tourism Windsor Essex Caesars Casino Windsor Business Accelerator

The topic of discussion is ‘The Art of Business & […]

How Internet Shopping Moved Our Cheese in the Arts

Cheese & Olives, Claes Oldenberg, Gr 10 student

You may have heard of the 1998 Bestseller ‘Who Moved My Cheese’ by Spencer Johnson. It’s a cute but cautionary parable about two little mice called ‘Sniff’ & ‘Scurry’. They’re locked in a maze with two little people called ‘Hem’ […]

Elizabeth Havelock Award Reception

Federal MP Brian Masse, me, Councillor Joanne Gignac

I was recently honored by being chosen as winner of the prestigious Elizabeth Havelock Art Award. It’s an annual award presented to one mid-career artist who’s made significant contributions to arts and culture in their community.

My husband Jim, me, Federal MP Brian Masse

There […]

Shrinking Art Chicago - Sign of the Times

I just returned from a wonderful weekend in Chicago for the annual Art Chicago fine art fair. It was at the Merchandise Mart downtown and ran from April 29 – May 2. It was quite a surprise to see how much leaner and more regional it was this year. All the exhibitors were on one […]

Free Art Fair Catalog

Every year, for the past 8 years, I’ve driven to Toronto around this time of year for the Toronto International Art Fair. Below is a downloadable PDF of the Show Guide for the fair at the Metro Toronto Convention Center. It includes the Floor Plan of all the commercial galleries and public institutions that participated. […]

A Rare Glimpse

Yesterday a friend gave me one of the most unusual books I’ve ever read. It’s called “Inside the Painter’s Studio” by Joe Fig. I can’t put it down ! Joe Fig is a Brooklyn based artist who creates miniature dioramas based on the day-to-day lives of professional painters. Ten years ago he began interviewing and […]