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Artist Amy Giust shared her unique style for a decade of FestivalSouth’s commemorative paintings. Each is a representation of her love for the arts and culture of her hometown and passion and dedication to the arts provided by FestivalSouth. Giust creates joyful, abstract paintings in acrylics and watercolors. Her favorite subjects are from everyday life — women, families, musical instruments, and flowers. The artist’s work developed from realism to a personal style inspired by the intuitiveness and boldness of her own children’s artwork. Her lyrical and imaginative paintings reflect optimism, humor and spirituality.
Giust is energized by music and often paints to the sounds of jazz, classical or rock. She loved the subject of geometry while growing up, and is inspired by Matisse and Picasso whose paintings explore the interplay of line, shape, and color.
For the past 30 years, Giust has been involved in solo exhibits at galleries throughout the eastern half of the US. One of her paintings was chosen for the Art In Embassies program and hung in the Ambassador’s residence in Lisbon, Portugal. She was also chosen to be one of several artists to exhibit at the “My South” celebration held during the Republican Convention in New York City (2004). In 2006, she completed the Stations of the Cross for a church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and in 2007, painted a 70-foot mural in downtown Hattiesburg.
Taking the helm from Amy Giust, the prolific creator of a decade of images for FestivalSouth since its start, was a welcome passing of the baton between the two artists. Giust felt like she had left her imprint on the award-winning festival and that it was time for someone else to have the opportunity. Dr. Mike Lopinto, artistic director of FestivalSouth®, turned to his dear friend and founder of the Hattiesburg Alliance for Public Art (HAPA), Becky Montague, for recommendations. WIshik, who had just completed a mural for the city at Hardy St. and North 10th Avenue, became the front runner to create this year’s painting.
Wishik is a maker in many mediums. Her practice explores themes of consciousness, shared identity, travel, and transformation. Through sculpture, two-dimensional works, music, and movement, she seeks to discover the diverse capacities of creativity as a unifying language and form of responsive intelligence. Her creative actions earned Wishik, a multimedia artist from Ocean Springs, Miss. a prominent place in the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) fifth installment of its exhibition series, titled “Heavy Metal – Women to Watch 2018” after being chosen by a national jury to be the state’s representative for the event.
“Leaf River Revival” represents the spirit of music-making anywhere. In the glow of an early morning sunrise that illuminates the trees and water, the central character takes a break to play a banjo-lele in this contemporary folk art creation to celebrate FestivalSouth 2020.