The next Oxford Art Crawl will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Participants will enjoy a night of art and are encouraged to stay for dinner on the Square. Exhibits and receptions are free and participating venues include: Gallery 130 (Meek Hall at the University of Mississippi), the Powerhouse, University Museum and Southside Gallery. The Double Decker Bus will be running a free shuttle to all locations. For more information, call the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council at 236-6429. (October 19, 2011)
The North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Visitor Education Center, adjacent to Enid Lake, is hosting pumpkin painting for youngsters at 2 p.m. Saturday. Participants will create pumpkin art using paint and decoupage and can decorate their pumpkins with images of trophy fish, monster bucks, beautiful flowers, colorful birds or even creepy bugs. Pumpkins and painting supplies will be provided and participants will receive helpful hints, hand-on help, and step-by-step instructions. Painting is fun, but can be messy so make sure the young artists and their assistants wear appropriate clothing. The program is free with the price of admission which is $2.50 for adults ages 18-59, and $2 for youngsters ages 3-17 and adults over the age of 60. Registration is limited to 20 youngsters so reserve a spot by calling 662-563-8068. (October 19, 2011)
In the five classes, three-hour sessions, participants will learn the handling of acrylic paint, color mixing and glazing, the use of mediums, and basic perspective and the fundamentals of art making. The first two classes will be working from still life, and the final three from a live model. While this class will teach the fundamentals, it will be open to all artistic levels. This is also an opportunity for more experienced artists to be working from a model and exploring ideas in a community setting. Classes will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays, starting Feb. 23, at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center. Cost is $185. (February 18, 2011)
Mississippi: The Dance Company presents “The Uganda Project: Come & See – Go & Tell,” Thursday through Sunday at Fulton Chapel on the University of Mississippi campus.
This multi-media dance performance is a collaboration between Professor Jennifer Mizenko and Assistant Professor of Art Brooke White. Both Mizenko and White have traveled to Uganda on humanitarian missions, and will be collaborating together to bring that experience to the stage in dance, music and photography. This evening-length work between the Department of Theatre Arts and the Department of Art will expose the audience to the heart and soul of Uganda — its beauty, its complexity, its people and especially its children.
Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10.50 for adults, $8.50 for children and seniors and $7 for UM students. (February 16, 2011)
The Oxford Artists’ Guild has joined with the Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library to host a month-long exhibit of artwork by 25 local artists at the library through the month of February. A reception with the Valentine theme, “Art, Chocolate and Other Goodies,” is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, featuring a selection of tasty treats to welcome visitors to the exhibit and give them a chance to meet the artists.
The Guild is accepting new 2011 membership applications through March 1 for evaluation in March. Additional opportunities for new member evaluation will be advertised later in the year. Prospective members are asked to complete an application form and submit photos of their work for review by the Guild Board. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. (February 11, 2011)
A beginning watercolor class begins Monday and will continue every Monday for eight weeks from 9 a.m. to noon at the Powerhouse. Beginners and those with a small amount of experience are welcome. If you have a fair amount of experience, you may not want to sign up since it will be mainly for a new painter. Limit of about 10 students. Cost is $50 and does not include art supplies. (February 4, 2011)
“Clamlump,” the Missoula Oblongata’s latest full-size touring play, will be performed at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center. The production features an original score performed live by Travis Sehorn, and includes puppetry, animated junk and densely layered language. A donation of $5 or purchase of “Clamlump” merchandise is encouraged. (January 19, 2011)
Featuring nostalgic pop hits of the 1950s and ‘60s, the feel-good musical “Forever Plaid” comes to the University of Mississippi’s Gertrude G. Castellow Ford Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday.
The show is set for 8 p.m. Tickets are $32 to $42 for various seating. Tickets are available by calling 915-7411, by visiting the UM Box Office in the Student Union from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays or the Ford Center Box Office at 10 a.m. on the day of the show, or by going to www.fordcenter.org.
Set in 1964, the show tells the story of four young male singers who have just landed their first big gig at an airport bar. Tragically, a bus of Catholic schoolgirls hits them as they are going to pick up their tuxes. The boys return from the afterlife after they are given a second chance to fulfill their dreams.
Some of the hits featured in the show are “Three Coins in the Fountain,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Chain Gang,” “Heart and Soul” and “Love Is a Many Splendored Thing.” (January 19, 2011)
Fiber artists and enthusiasts will make their way to Oxford Friday through Sunday for the inaugural Fiber Arts Festival at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center, hosted by the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council and Knit1 Oxford.
This three-day event is the first event of its kind in Mississippi. The Fiber Arts Festival will offer workshops, lectures on vintage knitting, demonstrations in: crochet, lace making, rug hooking, et cetera, and even “make and take” classes for all ages where you can learn a fiber art in one lesson. Live alpacas will also be onhand as part of a demonstration showcasing fiber from its origins to the finished product. Visitors can even take part in the latest fiber art trend — yarn bombing. For more information, call the Arts Council at 236-6429, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.oxfordarts.com. (January 19, 2011)
The University of Mississippi Museum presents “An Evening with Robert Storr and Bruce Levingston” from 7 to 8 this evening at Nutt Auditorium on the University of Mississippi campus.
Storr, artist and critic, is dean of the Yale School of Art. He was director of the Venice Biennale in 2007, and from 1990 to 2002 was curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art.
Levingston is the artistic director of the Premiere Commission, a nonprofit foundation that has commissioned and premiered over 30 new works. He has premiered numerous works at Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center and has appeared in concerts and recitals throughout the world.
For this evening, Storr will lecture on developments in modern art, including the work of Eugene Delacroix, Edgar Degas, Jackson Pollock, Sol LeWitt and Chuck Close, while Levingston will respond with performances of compositions from Claude Debussy, Erik Satie, John Cage and Philip Glass. A question-and-answer session will follow.
Tickets to the event are $15 for general admission, $10 for museum members and $5 for students with ID and can be purchased at the University of Mississippi Box Office by going online at www.olemiss.edu/depts/tickets/ or by calling 915.7411. (January 19, 2011)