Catherine Williams April Guest Artist

Portraitist Catherine Williams at VIVA Gallery

The portraits of Catherine Williams will be featured at VIVA Gallery during the month of April, beginning with a First Thursday opening on April 5th. Cathy has worked in many mediums and with many different subjects, but finds herself always pulled back to portraiture. She portrays local people, and her preferred media is charcoal or ebony pencil.

Cathy graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in 1995. For the next 20 years, she did many forms of freelance work, primarily commissioned watercolors and pencil drawings of people and domestic animals. For the past few years, she has forgone commissions in order to explore her own artistic path. She works from sitting models and reference photographs to realize her compelling drawings. Whether her subject is typical or eccentric, elegant or ordinary, exotic or local, anyone observing her work can see that she truly celebrates the people she portrays.

Cathys portraits and the work of VIVA’s 23 member artists will be featured at VIVA’s First Thursday reception on April 5 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm and will be on display throughout the month. The gallery is located at 217 South Main Street in Viroqua. For more information about this and future First Thursday events, contact the gallery at 608-637-6918 or