Dillard’s hosting Meet the Artist event

Saturday’s event features Charles Williams, June Blackstock and Robert Parker

ALBANY — Dillard’s in Albany Mall is hosting a “Meet the Artist” event Saturday featuring Charles Williams, June Blackstock and Robert Parker in what could be the first of several in a series centering on local and regional artists.

Reynolds Horton, area sales manager for Dillard’s, said the event will begin at noon and continue through 5 p.m. Williams is an artist of several genres including photography and oil paintings. Blackstock is a portrait artist and Parker is a photographic artist.

An art professor at Albany State University, Williams had a penchant for storytelling and would earn a degree in creative writing from the University of South Florida and a masters in literature at Florida State University. He traveled with his family to see art in great museums and worked to teach himself how to draw and paint. When he was 14, his parents gave him a 35 mm. camera and he promptly began documenting everything.

At age 34,Williams gained admission to the Florida State Studio Art program and earned a master of arts. Williams has taught at ASU for 10 years and has rekindled an interest in photography.

Blackstock’s work has been exhibited in many of the country’s leading shows. She was a finalist in the 1998 Washington Society of Portrait Artists “Portraits Only” competition and the competition of “The Artists Magazine” in 1993 and 1995. She is a previous recipient of the Ralph Fabri Bronze Medal” for the Allied Artists of America.

Parker’s medium is the 35 mm camera with black and white film. His photographic art has been on display at the Albany Museum of Art and the Wiregrass Museum of Art. Using density filters, Parker also uses special infrared film that captures the effects of infrared radiation that is invisible to the naked eye but brought to life in his art.