Ruby C. Williams

(b.1920s) Bealsville, FL

Ms. Williams grew up in Bealsville, an African-American community started by freed slaves, and, except for spending 25 years in New Jersey where she became an evangelical minister, has remained in the area, operating a produce stand (which ultimately became her own art gallery as well) along State Route 60. Her joyful paintings often depict characters with strong, independent attitudes. I met Ms. Ruby once in 2007 when I found her place while touring with my band in the area. I bought a few paintings while enjoying her offering of boiled peanuts, a regional delicacy, and sharing lots of laughter.

 
 
 

“TIMING ME IS WRONG”

n.d.

15"H x 24"W

enamel on plywood

 
 

“I grew long waiting for you”

n.d.

11.5"H x 34"W

mixed media on plywood

 
 

“I said it all man”

n.d.

9.75"H x 20"W

enamel on plywood

 
 

“wait on the lord”

n.d.

12"H x 20"W

enamel on plywood