A special celebration of the life and times of Jacob Thompson (1810-1885) will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. The program, co-sponsored by the University Museum, city of Oxford and the Oxford-Lafayette County Heritage Foundation, will be held at the museum.
The event will begin with a welcome by William Andrews, director of the University Museum, followed by Oxford Mayor Pat Patterson delivering the proclamation of Jacob Thompson Day, a talk entitled, “Thank you, Mr. Thompson,” by Carolyn Ross, and a preview of reception activities by Bill Russell, president of the local Heritage Foundation.
Refreshments, including a birthday cake and a series of champagne toasts, will augment the browsing of exhibits of Thompson — related documents and objects, some owned by the University and some on loan by private owners. The event is free and open to the public.
The University of Mississippi Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and is closed Sunday, Monday and most university holidays. For more information, visit www.olemiss.edu/museum or call 915-7073. (May 10, 2010)
The Yoknapatawpha Arts Council hosts an opening reception for the Double Decker Juried Art Show Friday from 7–9 p.m. at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public. The evening includes a preview of artists who will be exhibiting at the Double Decker and other regional artists. The winners of this year’s award will be announced at the reception. (April 20, 2010)
RESCHEDULED DUE TO WEATHER (click for updates) — The 15th Annual Double Decker Arts Festival is set for Saturday on the Oxford Square. Featuring the works of more than 100 artists selected by the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council; a host of food vendors including local restaurants and organizations; a children’s Square Fair; and a full day’s music lineup on two stages, headlined by Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings.
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The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Mississippi will debut the Spring Fling Physics Demonstration Show on April 15 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in Fulton Chapel. Physics faculty and students will demonstrate a wide variety of physics principles in exciting and entertaining ways. Examples are crushing a 55-gallon steel drum using atmospheric pressure, firing a ping pong ball through several aluminum cans, demonstrating how an electric guitar pickup works, strange fluids which grow fingers when shaken and much more. The last part of the show will allow for the audience to view some demonstrations up close in a hands-on fashion. Admission is free. For more information, contact Josh Gladden at 915-7428. (April 6, 2010)
An exhibit of works by untrained African-American artists from Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama is on display now through May 7 at the University of Mississippi Museum. The opening event is set for Tuesday, March 30, featuring a lecture by Esther Sparks, visiting assistant professor of art history.
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The new exhibition “Figurative Sculpture: Mississippi Roots” includes work by well-known sculptors including Bill Beckwith of Taylor, who has done bronzes of B.B. King and William Faulkner; Bill Brady, deceased, of Columbia who did work of William Faulkner; Leon Koury of Greenville; Ben Watts of Columbia; Eric Johnsen from the Gulf Coast; and Floyd Shaman of Cleveland. The museum is located at 1608 Highway 82 West in Greenwood. The exhibit runs through April 18. (March 23, 2010)
Drawings, paintings and handmade books by acclaimed artist Amy Wilson will be on display at the University of Mississippi Museum this spring. An opening reception, sponsored by Lenora’s Restaurant, is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the museum, at Fifth Street and University Avenue. (March 19, 2010, Page 8B)
An original art show, “Outdoor Imagination,” featuring the work of young artists from Imagination Station of Water Valley, opens at the North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Visitor Education at Enid Lake on Saturday. A reception at 1:30 p.m. kicks off this first day of spring event that showcases works that explores the connection between art and nature.
About 125 pieces created by the youngsters including drawings, paintings, sculpture, collage and paintings are included in the show. The youngsters range in age from 6 to 16.
The North Mississippi Fish Hatchery and Visitor Education Center is part of the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks and is located off I-55 at Enid Exit 233 east. For more information about this and other programs call 662-563-8068 or visit the Web site at http://home.mdwfp.com/NMFH. (March 18, 2010)
The Oxford Artist’s Guild will have its Spring Show on March 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Lafayette County Courthouse Lawn. Thirty-five artists will display their work for sale, which will include painting, pottery, photography, printmaking, metalworks, fabric art, turned wood, sculptor and blown glass. With music by Donavan Mccain and Brantley Catlette. For more information, call Lois Arrechea at 234-9299. (March 15, 2010)
The ninth annual C.A.R.E. (Caring for Aging Relatives Effectively) Fair and Workshop will be held April 23 in the Student Union at the University of Mississippi. The daylong C.A.R.E. Fair, similar to a health fair, is a community-wide event that provides information on a wide range of aging-related and caregiving resources. Exhibitors interested in showcasing their organization need to contact Jo Ann O’Quin at 915-7199 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.olemiss.edu/carefair. (March 15, 2010)