'Prairie Images: The Way I See It' exhibit opens at the LCCA

Staff Writer

Frances Hairston will be bringing her artwork, influenced by life in the Mississippi Delta, to the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts to exhibit her work, from 2 - 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3.
"Growing up surrounded by the flat cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta," Kathy Dyess of the West Point/Clay County Arts Council, said. "And living her adult life in the wide-open Black Prairie country, Frances Hairston has developed a love and appreciation for the land."
Dyess said her exhibit opening Sunday, Dec, 3, in the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts, gives both panoramic and close-up views of all things prairie.

“Prairie Images: The Way I See It' takes the viewer on a lazy, comfortable trip through the fields, flora and trees found all around us," Hairston said. “I paint what I know the best, wild flowers and grasses in the Black Prairie. I want the viewer to look at the painting and to experience a memory."
Frances Hairston said she studied history at Mississippi University for Women and became a teacher. She met and married her husband in college, and they moved to his family’s farm in the Black Prairie of Mississippi, where they raised three children. She said she is now a grandmother of seven and a great - grandmother of one.

"The Black Prairie proved to be very interesting," Hairston said.
She said she was influenced by her younger days on the farm, exploring nature and breathing in the fresh air of the open land. She said her interest in art began to call, and led to another degree in the fine arts in 2013.

"One of my favorite trips was to spend the day at Giverny, the home of Claude Monet," Hairson said.
She said she began visiting museums both in the U.S. and abroad, and studying with renowned art instructors.
Hairston said she grew proficient in oil painting, and discovered pen and ink and ink wash techniques that pushed her into taking a two-day workshop with Hilary Parker, international award winning botanical watercolor artist. Hairston said now watercolor is her medium of choice.

"Documenting the grasses, flowers, and common structures such as silos, old houses and barns has become my mission," Hairston said. "I also write stories about each painting to further draw the viewer in."
Dyess said the WPCCAS is very happy to welcome Hairston and her art to the Louise Campbell Center to exhibit her work.

"The 2 to 3:30 p.m. opening reception is free and everyone is invited to attend." Dyess said. "The event is sponsored by the West Point/Clay County Arts Council, the exhibit will hang through Jan. 31, 2018. "
The LCCA will be staffed on some Wednesdays 1-4 p.m. for visitors to see the exhibit. For more information or to schedule a tour of the exhibit, contact Kathy Dyess at 494-5678.