Paul & Beverley Williams – Metal, Stone & Leather Sculptors
Creating unique garden art, sculptural fountains & large wall murals for hotels, offices, homes and outdoor spaces is our specialty for over 40 years.
About the Artists
Beverley & Paul have shared their studio/gallery and Secret Garden in ‘downtown’ Bethany since 1977. They renovated an Early Ontario General Store, (that once belonged to a great- great uncle in 1910) Their studio displays their award winning work and other local artists. Open 10-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. year round, Visitors can watch Paul working on his metal sculpture and learn about decorated gourds from Beverley. From May to October, their Secret Garden is open where you can see a dozen different sculptural fountains and garden art among the faeries and flowers. Children love seeing the many goldfish and lively frogs in the ponds. In April, they exhibit their fountains and garden art at the Peterborough Garden Show which is a highlight for all gardeners at that time of year. And on Mother’s Day weekend they open their Secret Garden and studio for the annual Rolling Hills Studio Tour around Bethany, Pontypool, Cavan area. There are a dozen local art studios
open that weekend in early May. Paul shows his sculptural leather art at the Whetung Gallery on the Curve Lake Reserve north of Peterborough all year round and they participate in ‘Meet the Artists Days’ on Thanksgiving and Easter weekends with many of the other artists. They also exhibit in the annual November, ‘Made in the Kawarthas’, Kawartha Lakes Arts Council Artists Show at the Fenelon Falls Community Centre and Beverley also serves on the board of directors for this organization.
Beverley graduated from OCA 1969 and Paul graduated Seneca College 1970. They met while working as ‘Pioneers’ at Black Creek Pioneer Village and began their journey together in 1971 in Brooklin and then Whitby, Ontario. Their sculptural leather art was shown in Europe in a Canadian Travelling show and at the Montreal Olympics in 1976. They showed their work at the World Crafts Council Conference at the Ontario Science Centre,Toronto. In 2015 they both travelled as volunteer advisors for CESO to Guyana, South America working with 22 local leather artisans, teaching them techniques for creating new products. In 2016 they went to northern Peru to work with 60 women who wanted to learn how to design new products in wool and basketry in order to build up their own businesses. Under an Artists in Schools Grant, Beverley had visited Pikangikum First Nations Reserve on the Manitoba border in 1991 to teach students there about colour, design and leather sculpture. Paul did many Artist in Schools programs in Durham Region as well.
Site #5 with Laurene Green, Mike Townsend and Heather Laws
Otter Greenhouses, 315 Medd Road, Epsom, Ontario
MAJOR COMMISSIONS: (PUBLIC)
2015 St. Judes Church, Oakville, Ont. Memorial Garden Fountain
2013 Nestleton Community Centre, Donor Tree , 5’ x 6’
2012 Orillia Presbyterian Church, Tree of Life Donor Wall, 10’ x 10’, brass, copper, steel
2012 Spencer House Seniors Centre, Orillia, Ont. 10’ Donor Wall- copper, brass, steel
2010 Millbrook Medical Clinic Donor Wall, 18’ L. X 4’ H. Copper, brass, stainless leaves
2009 Omemee Medical Clinic Donor Wall, 6’ x 8’ Three Birch Trees- copper, brass stainless, leather
2009 BEST WESTERN INN, Cobourg, 18’ high copper MAPLE TREE, main lobby wall.
2008 Peterborough LIFTLOCK Hockey Tournament Wall of Honour, Evinrude Centre, Peterborough.
2005 Cooler Solutions, Toronto. ‘WATERWALL’ (9’h. x 3’w.) glass & steel, double sided view.
2003 Elements Restaurant, Peterborough -‘PATIO FOUNTAIN’- 7’ sculptured copper cascade fountain.
2002 Buckhorn Community Centre, 25th Anniversary water feature, ‘OUR SOURCE of INSPIRATION’
2000 Hillcrest Spa, Port Hope, – ‘PAX’ brass & copper fountain, 5’ w. x 7’ h.
1999 Travelodge Hotel, Toronto, Ont. Lobby – WATERWALL w/ 3 FOUNTAINS, sculptured copper