Meet the Artist

Kelly William Poling has achieved notoriety for his larger-than-life murals capturing local history. Poling, a resident of Chillicothe since 1997, incorporates the past into the town’s present. A realist painter who specializes in reproduction and enlargement of photographs, Poling’s renditions of days gone by provide the Chillicothe area with an original, living history.

In total, Poling has created twenty-two murals and two ghost signs for Chillicothe. Family is a big part of Poling’s work, and he often hides the names of his family members in his murals. See if you can spot wife, Angela; son, Gabriel or daughter, McKenna in any of the murals on your next stroll through town.

Poling has displayed works in the MGM and Palace Station Casinos in Las Vegas, Nev., as well as the Josyln Art Museum in Omaha, Neb. He owns the Original Artworks by Kelly Art Gallery which features his smaller scale art. In addition to his work, Poling provides custom mats and frames artwork for customers. Call 660-646-6451 or come by 443 Locust Street in Chillicothe from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, to see his masterpieces or to chat about the murals.

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