Area Artist Work Selected for Show

Thursday, October 12, 2006
Kelli Langston Wilson's works will be on display at the Bradbury Gallery, located in the Fowler Center at Arkansas State University. (photo provided)

Kelli Langston Wilson was surprised and very pleased to have her work selected for inclusion in the Delta National Small Prints Exhibition. The exhibit will be held Oct. 19 through Nov. 17 at the Bradbury Gallery, located in the Fowler Center at Arkansas State University.

Wilson said her instructor, Shelley Gipson, asked to enter some of her work to be juried for selection of prints to be exhibited in the Delta National Small Prints Exhibit. "I was excited just to be asked for my prints to be submitted, I was ecstatic when I received the call informing me my work was selected for the show," she said.

She entered three prints and the one selected was named Espingarda - Portuguese for gun shot.

She said it was made using a combination of two printmaking methods. The name Espingarda was chosen for the print based on the technique she used to make the image, by shooting wood. Having only concentrated on drawing and painting until a year ago, she then decided to take a couple of classes in the print making department -- Beginning Print Making and Digital Print Making. "I immediately became addicted", she said. Wilson said she is working on combining print making and painting but said she doesn't have it perfected yet.

Arkansas State University sent her to the Mid America Print Conference in Madison, WI, where she attended different seminars on printmaking techniques. She left inspired by what she had learned and the new artists she met. Wilson is currently working on combining intaglio and woodcut. Intaglio printing is a process of burning images onto a copper plate by using acid. Woodcut is technique of carving or putting impressions into wood.

She recently attended a workshop at Ohio University where she displayed her digital print, Battlesight Zero. The print was made by combining an old photograph of her dad when he was in the Army, a used shooting target, and a pistol. While in Ohio, three galleries showed interest in her work.

Wilson is a long time resident of the Buffalo Island area and had a photography business for several years in Leachville. She has always loved art and drawing. Her parents, Bob and Charlotte Langston of Arbyrd, enrolled her in private painting lessons at a young age. She started to college in 1987 seeking a degree in Art Education, but put that on hold to start her family. During the years in between she taught private lessons in oil painting to adults and children. She also taught non-credited art classes at Mississippi County Community College for two years.

Since her children were older, she decided it was time to go back to school to complete her education. Wilson's children are Zack, 16, and Brittani 14. They are both students at Buffalo Island Central. In December, Wilson will complete her Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Arkansas Northeastern, and in May will graduate from Arkansas State University with a Bachelors Degree in Studio Art.

Wilson is excited about the upcoming exhibition at the Bradbury Gallery. "I attended the exhibit last year and it was wonderful," she said. "The Delta National Small Prints Exhibit was founded by a former professor at Arkansas State University, Evan Lindquist. Anyone who wants to see a great exhibit of unique prints should take the time to stop by."

The exhibit opens in the Bradbury Gallery with a reception at 5 p.m. Oct. 19 and runs through Nov. 17. The gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1--5 p.m. on Sunday.

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