Artist duo bring passion to art and life


The actor Robin Williams once wrote “Your work makes my heart tap dance.” It is that emotional response that artist duo Roberta and David Williamson seek to evoke through their one-of-a-kind jewelry and mixed media.

On Saturday, Aug. 9, the Williamsons will speak about the “Passion of Art & Life” at Northwestern University’s Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art in Evanston.

Free and open to the public, the Williamson’s talk will be held at 10 a.m.

Collaborating since they were 18, Roberta and David have been refining their craft in their metals studio for 45 years.

After so many years together, their processes for creating these extraordinary wares has become seamless.

Pulling from the vast archives of found objects, antique prints, pressed ferns and leaves and various ephemera that line their studio walls, the Williamsons create pieces that remind us of our own families, a long forgotten moment, a daydream or simply a reminder of how connected we all are.

“Life is so intense and changing in various ways each and every day,” notes Roberta. “By identifying your passion and applying it to everything you do, life can become richer and more satisfying. We hope to share with attendees how our passion plays into craft and the beautiful pieces we produce.”

The Williamson’s are regular participants at The American Craft Exposition (ACE), an annual juried show of fine craft organized by The Auxiliary of NorthShore University HealthSystem, which raises funds for ovarian cancer research.

ACE will return to the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion on Northwestern University’s Evanston Campus, Thursday, Aug. 21, with a Collectors’ Hour from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. followed by a Benefit Preview Party from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

The show runs throughout the weekend: Friday, Aug. 22, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 23, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 24, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 for a three-day pass or $13 when purchased in advance online.

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