Photography and woodwork by John Williams is on display in the latest Spotlight Show from Newport’s Yaquina Art Association.
Williams, who enjoyed a successful career as an electrical engineer, has been an avid photographer since the ‘70s. His photographs reflect an attraction to coastal subjects that stems from his growing up in a commercial fishing family on the Mendocino Coast of California. He likes to find the character in the images he makes.
Williams’ woodturning began in 1981 when he added a wood lathe to his wood shop while living in North Albany. He used it make items for the unfinished wood his wife was selling through their Tole painting shop. He began to turn wood objects seriously after contacting Peter Child, a renowned British wood turner who taught him the proper methods to create artistic pieces.
Today, Williams has a wood shop south of Seal Rock where he still uses that same lathe to make bowls, plates, salt and pepper grinders and specialty items. He prefers to use local woods with small amounts of exotic wood to enhance the end product.
The show will run through Friday, May 17, available to view from 11 am to 4 pm daily at the Yaquina Art Association Gallery, 789 NW Beach Drive.