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"Mississippi Artists Share Hope during CO-VID 19"
Written by Bethany Morris
Excerpt from the Article:
"Shelby Leigh Kizer of Petal is a watercolor artist and owner of Shelby Leigh Designs. She has implemented this lifestyle change in her work. Kizer’s work is gestural, whimsically inspired by nature and landscapes, so she would normally spend her days traveling around Mississippi creating pieces. Due to the pandemic, however, she is stuck inside the city.
Kizer has used this time of rest to create a new floral collection that she’s titled “Be Still.” She was inspired by the inconsistencies of the pandemic to find peace and a constant in God, so she wrote scripture on the back of each piece in the series.
“It made me take the beauty that was already there and push me out of my regular box and just focus on the beauty around me even though there’s chaos everywhere,” Kizer said.
Similar to Mooney, Kizer has also been doing Instagram lives of her creating pieces. She says she’ll continue to do them after the pandemic, because people have been really engaged and interested in the process behind her art."
"Sarah Ellen Gillespie Museum features local artist’s work"
Written by Melissa Rademaker
"The Sarah Ellen Museum of Art at William Carey University is featuring an exhibit by local artist, Shelby Leigh Kizer.
Kizer graduated from William Carey with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and this is her first solo show.
“It was exciting to work on something with a theme altogether," says Kizer. "You know in college you work on a lot of different things, so it was great to do this.”
Kizer’s collection is titled “Peace in Chaos.”
Her works are inspired by her life, faith, and finding beauty in her surroundings, especially during the pandemic.
“So the dark charcoal lines are kind of the chaos and it’s kind of like filled all throughout, but I feel like the white and the colors and the happiness win in this, and so that’s kind of the message, it’s like peace will win," Kizer says, as she described one of her paintings.
The museum celebrated the collection with an opening reception on Oct. 6th.
Visitors can view and purchase art at the museum on Wednesdays between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., or by appointment.
Kizer says she hopes her bright works can bring joy.
"I hope they read as peaceful, like the peace wins over the chaos, the light wins in the dark,” says Kizer"