Leaf River Revival – Commemorative Poster


Size: 17″ x 24”’
Price: $20.00
Delivery Method: Shipping or Hand-Delivered

Kelsey Wishik

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.

This project is supported in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and in part,
from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.