Cotton Belt Gallery
Ruby Williams lives in Bealsville, Florida, where she has been selling food at a produce stand since leaving her life as a New Jersey minister to return to the land of her youth. Her initial impulse to create eye-catching signs was validated by a fellow folk artist who encouraged her to create more signs and delve into paintings. Her work is characteristically bold and colorful, often incorporating sayings interlaced with the imagery.
Ruby Williams was awarded the Florida Folk Heritage Award in 2005. Her work has been displayed at the Smithsonian in the exhibition "On Their Own: Selected Works by Self-Taught African-American Artists."