Gallery exhibit gets national notice
by Courtney Stevens
Sep 06, 2013 | 3925 views | 0 0 comments | 285 285 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Lindsay Marter sets up the new gift shop to display Eudora Welty photography books for the upcoming exhibit at Wiljax Gallery.
Lindsay Marter sets up the new gift shop to display Eudora Welty photography books for the upcoming exhibit at Wiljax Gallery.
The Wiljax Gallery for Southern Photography was recently listed on Time Lightbox's monthly roundup as one of the best photography exhibitions to see beyond the web for the month of October.

After partnering with the Eudora Welty Foundation, beginning on Thursday until Oct. 25, Wiljax Gallery will host an exhibit of Welty's photographs from the 1930s and ’40s.

"We are thrilled that Time selected us for this. It's a tribute to the universal admiration for Eudora Welty. I think it's also a testament to the interest that so many people around the world have in our lives here in the Delta," said gallery owner Will Jacks.

"When you put those two things together, Eduroa Welty and the fact that there's a show in this small town in the middle of the Mississippi Delta, that made it really interesting to a lot of folks," said Jacks.

According to a press release, the show will consist of 27 portraits made by Welty early in her career, with each print having been created in her kitchen darkroom at her home in Jackson.

"Many of the prints have markings and notations made by Eudora. Several of the subjects from the photos inspires characters and scenes in Welty's short stories, and a few of the images were created just a few miles from where our gallery currently sits," said Jacks in a press release.

Along with the exhibition, Wiljax Gallery will be opening a small gift shop.

"Something we've had in mind for a while is being able to offer products that, first of all, are less expensive than what a lot of the gallery work sells for, without watering down the artwork that is on the walls.

"Then it occurred to me that museums do that all the time with their gift shops. The gallery will always be photography only exhibits.

"The products will have a very specific photography slant or be something Mississippi and Delta related," said Jacks.

The gift shop will also have books of Welty's photography for guests of the exhibit to purchase.

Jacks also plans to renovate space in the gallery and begin hosting photography workshops.

With Thursday being the opening night for the Eudora Welty exhibit, an opening reception is planned for that evening from 6-9 p.m.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.