Lea Barton's "I Am Not Afraid," 2005, mixed media on 36-inch-by-48-inch canvas.
Photo by Courtesy Lea Barton
• Belhaven College, Betsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center Gallery
Flora, Miss., mixed-media painter (and formerly featured JFP artist-in-residence) Lea Barton, is currently exhibiting a decade's worth of her work. If you've never seen Barton's work, expect to see layered, heavily textured storybooks presented in art form. In what she characterizes as a very important show to her, exhibit-viewers will see Barton's older paintings, as well as newer work such as "In the Middle of It All," which was inspired by New Orleans songstress Irma Thomas. After finding success in venues around the world, including a recent show in New York, it's nice to see Barton's work come back home for Mississippians to decipher and savor.