Jeanne Williamson Ostroff

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"... Jeanne Williamson uses the grid pattern from temporary plastic construction fences as an abstract construct and as a stand-in for other objects like lace, windows and clothing. In “(Fence) Shirts and (Hot) Flashes #1,” from the artist’s first autobiographical series, Williamson’s monoprinted grid wraps around a panel roughly the proportions of a shirtfront. The grid folds over itself at the top edge of the panel to reveal a blushing triangle of décolleté, referencing the sensation a woman feels when experiencing a hot flash."

Renewal: Mother Brook Arts Flirst with a New Direction, by Meredith Cutler, artscope magazine, March/April 2014

An Aggregate of Forces 60 Women Artists Over 60

Jeanne Williamson
60th Birthday Cake, June 2017, chocolate sheet cake with buttercream and fondant icing, 11 x 16 inches

Now this is how to turn 60: "I hired my art photographer to take pictures as every slice was removed," says Williamson. The cake, which she decorated, is of a piece with her oeuvre (which does not normally involve baked goods.

Fence As Lace #7"Jeanne Williamson’s The Fence as Lace #4 is the largest work in the show. Well over eight feet long and made of stiffened fabric, it asks us to see the handmade in an entirely different scale. A second Williamson work wraps around a column, flatness assuming dimension and totemic stature. There’s a symmetry between Williamson’s wrapped column and Joe Carpineto’s seven-foot columnar frame, Piecework, which evokes the New England weaving mills that helped build the economy of New England."

Cottoning to a Second Anniversary Theme, by Joanne Mattera, reviewing the Cotton show at Fountain Street Fine Art, Framingham, MA, December 2012.


New England Diary

From the “Bubbles and Cracks on Ice” series (mixed media on cradled board) of JEANNE WILLIAMSON, in the show “All Boundaries Are Imagined: Denise Driscoll and Jeanne Williamson,” at Fountain Street Fine Art, Framingham, Mass., through Nov. 8.

The gallery says that Miss Williamson “incorporates the different grid patterns of construction fences with black and white photos of bubbles, cracks and skating marks gathered during the ice and snow of last winter. The holes and gridded shapes of the fences become containers for her manipulated and collaged photos, sewing and painting.”

She, like Ms. Driscoll, “entertain the grid as a welcome constraint as well as a mutable point of departure.”

But the reminder of ice is unpleasant, especially after last winter Make sure you have a good orthopedic surgeon handy for the next one.

Still, the meteorologists making long-range forecasts predict a milder winter than usual, with more rain and less snow than we had last winter.

New England Diary, Robert Whitcomb, October 7, 2015

Orange Construction Fence Series #32/71"Orange plastic net construction fencing provides inspiration for Williamson’s artworks at the college’s Hunt-Cavanaugh Gallery. She mixes hand-painting, monoprinting, and block printing atop quilted fabric in variations of the same theme: grids with dots, ovals, and dotted squares that resemble dice. The best piece is Orange Construction Fence Series #32/71 (2009), which features an orange grid that shifts in parts to gray. The middle is an open lattice that appears ripped like the tears that appear so frequently in orange construction fencing. Most of Williamson’s pieces are solid tapestries that follow a pretty strict grid, which feels repetitious across the 24 works here. But this one grabs you with the stitched textures; its idiosyncratic pattern, based on real-world wear and tear, plus the contrast between industrial netting and Williamson’s fine quilting."

Greg Cook, Gang of four: New work at 5 Traverse and Providence College, in The Providence Phoenix, November 3, 2009, reviewing Off the Fence (solo show), at the Hunt Cavanagh Gallery, Providence College, Providence, RI. The review was also mentioned on his blog, Eric Sung, Jeanne Williamson.

Boston-area to do list
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"Under cover In the Jewish religion, a couple ties the knot under a chuppah that represents the home they’ll create together. For “Under Color” presented by the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute and the Women’s Studies Research Center, Jeanne Williamson combines the canopy’s symbolism with disposable plastic fencing. Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through May 22 (April 23 reception 5-7 p.m.). Free. Women’s Studies Research Center, 515 South St., Waltham. 781-736-8100."

"Williamson has used discipline as a framework for discovery. By restricting her palette and format, she is free to try combinations of techniques and design until she feels she has exhausted the possibilities for artists growth."

Catherine Weller, Jeanne Williamson and Katherine Porter , Fiberarts Magazine, November/December 2006

Property Brothers on HGTV

Prints of the original painting, Seasonal Fences - Spring #3, are available at Crate & Barrel. It was also shown on the Property Brothers "Chris and Mike" episode on HGTV. More info.

"... in her internationally exhibited Orange Construction Fence Series, Williamson combines printmaking, painting, and quilting to create abstract stitched monoprints - single prints on sewn fabric - that upend conventional notions of this most traditional American craft."

Terry House, Jeanne Williamson, The Middlesex Beat, October 2006

Art New England Brandeis listing

Orange Construction Fence Series #32/71"Jeanne Williamson's abstract-expressionistic Orange Construction Fence Series #29 is one of the most esthetically mature pieces. Because of its use of space, shape, color and line, jurors named it best of show."

Kaizaad Kotwal, Review: Eye of the Needle, The Columbus Dispatch, Columbus, OH, July 31, 2005, reviewing Quilt National 2005


Two local artists find inspiration from unusual spaces

"Two Natick women with a longstanding passion for art have a new exhibit at a Framingham art gallery showing their photographs and mixed media pieces.

Photographer Marie Craig and mixed media artist Jeanne Williamson each have several pieces on display as part of the exhibit “On and Off the Grid” at Fountain Street Fine Art, 59 Fountain St.


Williamson, who has lived in Natick for 25 years, said her work starts with the orange fences used at construction sites.

Williamson said she thinks in terms of grids and grew to like fences, whose textures and patterns she prints onto fabric.

Using fabric that resembles bed sheets and paint, she said she creates art that delves into several processes including printmaking, painting and stitching.

The work ends up resembling more of a painting than fabric, she said.

One series on display in the exhibit “explores what one might see when looking through the holes in construction fences out in their element,” Williamson said in an artist’s statement on her website,

Williamson and Craig said they hope to partner with each other again on other exhibits."

Read more of Two local artists find inspiration from unusual spaces, by Brian Benson, Natick Bulletin and Tab, Natick, MA, February, 8, 2013

"While Jeanne Williamson's work grows out of traditional craft, this Natick artist is most interested in contemporary abstraction. She might produce quilts which are 100% cotton, machine appliqued and quilted, but they are also monoprinted and handstamped, a collage which exploits fabric for its ability to provide a kind of high texture or bas-relief. Her Construction Fence Series asks the viewer to make sense of a repeating grid, interspersed with the insistent shape of twisting vine and the spiky grass, which pokes through the fence at a building site. The result is art for the serious collector, as visually challenging as any painting on the market."

Katherine French, Considering the Essential, The Middlesex Beat, February 2005, reviewing The Essential Substance: Fiber Exhibition, The Gallery at Mount Ida College, Newton, MA

I’m thinking about signing up for a web design workshop at the Danforth Museum with the inimitable Jeanne Williamson. It’s called “Creating a Web Presence and Making the Most of It.” This would be great because Jeanne is one of the most professional artists I know, from a marketing standpoint. She simply does the best job of managing her web presence that I’ve seen. I just saw a few of her pieces in the “Cotton” show at Fountain Street Art, and since she showed her work in the Owen Shuman Gallery here in Groton, she has continued to find new approaches to her material, working in 3 dimensions, deconstructing the material into lacy tatters, etc. I never get bored of seeing what she does with it, and it’s a real lesson for artists who are trying to build a cohesive body of work to just look at hers. It takes a real single minded dedication to a subject.

Deborah Santoro, artist, writer, and curator of the Owen Shuman Gallery in Groton, MA, posted on her blog on January 29, 2013


JEANNE WILLIAMSON: FENCE/CURTAIN 2.0 This summer's public art installation on the Boston Center for the Arts Plaza is Williamson’s blend of fence and curtain, stiff, but with drape and pattern. It’s part construction materials, part water-resistant cotton. Through Oct. 31. Boston Center for the Arts, 551 Tremont St. 617-426-8835,

Upcoming arts events around Boston: Galleries - Boston Globe - August 1, 2012


"I have been aware of Jeanne Williamson's work for some years. The internet has allowed me to watch her progress and read about her studio experiences. I feel Jeanne is a person who knows what she is about and is moving straight ahead to make the things happen in her art life that she wants to have happen. I have enjoyed seeing how she has experimented with the presentation of her work and her concern for how her work is perceived"

Jeanne Williamson - Exploration On A Theme, by Terry Jarrard-Dimond, November 26, 2010

Jeanne Williamson: Natick, Massachusetts, by Lynette Haggard Weekly Artist Interview, November 9, 2010

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