The Markay Cultural Arts Center welcomes artist Kathryn “Kit” Edwards Dailey on Friday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. with a Meet the Artist opening reception. Dailey’s show “What If” will be on display from Nov. 11 to Dec. 18.

“Whimsical is the one single word that best describes my painting style,” explained Dailey. “I try to portray the brighter side of life. Although I take many photographs and have a nice reference file most of my paintings are imaginary,” she added. “Often I begin with a very sane idea, and see how it can be developed into something a little unusual. Sometimes I rely on bright colors and simple shapes to tell the story.”

“I call myself a “what if” painter and not a “what is” painter. I often tell a whimsical story using watercolor on Arches paper. Sometimes I use acrylic on a gallery wrap canvas. My paintings are filled with bright happy colors and positive thoughts,” Dailey said.

Dailey’s show features a number of her creations, as well as a special section of the show that addresses “What If” you wanted to become an artist and the process to learn how to create various art applications.

Dailey, a Jackson resident, hopes people walk away from her paintings thinking, they would like to visit there, or perhaps chuckling at some idea that had never occurred to them.

Dailey was born and raised in Columbus. She married Dan Dailey and they have two sons. After graduating from Miami University, she taught in the South-Western City School District. While living in Athens, she substituted in the Athens School District and served on the Dairy Barn Cultural Art Center board. When the family moved to Jackson, Dailey served on the board of Southern Hills Arts Council and as Chairman for the Foothills Arts Festival. She currently serves as the vice president of the Ohio Watercolor Society.

The couple enjoys visiting with their sons, their wives and grandchildren. They also enjoy traveling and have been to every state and many foreign countries.

The Markay Cultural Arts Center is located at 269 E. Main St., Jackson. The gallery is open Wednesday to Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The Markay is a project of the Southern Hills Arts Council. For more information visit <> or

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