I've been involved with the Arts in one form or another for my entire life.Growing up in a suburb of New York City, my family took advantage of every cultural perk the city had to offer.
I entered Hope College, a small private college in Holland, MI, as an Art major, but soon switched to a Communications degree program. I kept a very close relationship with their Theatre Department, working in the costume shop learning the basics of pattern making and costume design.
After college, I started a business creating fiber art sculptures – selling and exhibiting in Vermont, Montreal and the Museum of the City of New York. My other professional pursuits included graphic design and illustration. Later, I started “A Banner Business” where I used my sewing and design skills to create banners and flags for corporations and organizations. Throughout it all, I created assemblage art – a medium influenced by my brother, Brad Williams' incredible talents. I still offer workshops and seminars in three dimensional collage.
In 2003 I joined the staff of the Holland Area Arts Council as Exhibitions Coordinator, lining up artists to show their works, curating, designing and mounting the exhibitions. I actually thought of this job as an opportunity to create assemblages on a large scale!!! In 2006 I became Executive Director of the Arts Council- a position from which I retired June, 2018.
Happy to be back in my art studio, I will again be creating art and stepping along whatever creative path I find intriguing.
I am married to Ken Freestone – my constant help and inspiration–and we have two children, Aubrey, a high school art teacher and Cody, a chef and furniture designer.