Yoknapatawpha Arts Council hosts second art crawl of the summer

Posted on Jun 27 2018 - 11:00am by Mary Liz King

Two onlookers discuss an installation at the Oxford Art Crawl on Tuesday. Photo by Christian Johnson

The Yoknapatawpha Arts Council hosted its second art crawl of the summer on Tuesday night. The art crawl is held on the fourth Tuesday of every month, complete with new art displays and different stops along the route each time.

The double-decker bus took this month’s art crawl goers to the 6 stops chosen for this month’s art crawl: the Powerhouse, Southside Gallery, The University Museum, Uptown Coffee, The Chancellor’s House and Frame Up Basement Gallery.  Along the route, participants hopped on and off the bus at any of the locations.

A unique feature of this month’s art crawl were the Community Supported Arts displays featured at the Powerhouse. A program of the Arts Incubator group, Community Supported Arts showcases and works with local artists. Four of these artists were chosen for the display, and each of the artists’ work was stylistically different, showcasing their individual artistic style.

Carol Roark displays her 200 paintings in 200 days exhibit in The Powerhouse on Tuesday. The Art Crawl is held the fourth Tuesday of every month in Oxford. Photo by Christian Johnson

“I am happy to be a part of the art crawl this month, and it’s something that I knew I wanted to participate in for a while,” artist Adrienne Brown-David said.

On Tuesday night, Brown-David displayed beautifully crafted paper dolls, and said she drew inspiration for the dolls from her own daughters.

Southside Gallery featured a wide variety of paintings and sculptures by different artists.  The University Museum featured two different exhibits this month, and other stops along the route hosted art shows curated specifically for the summer crawl.  The Frame Up Basement Gallery featured “Side by Side,” a photography exhibit by Jim Hendrix.

Steven Hopper displays and sells his art at the Yoknapatawpha Art Council’s Art Crawl on Tuesday. Photo by Christian Johnson

Wayne Andrews, director of the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council said the art crawl contains a little something for everyone, and he hopes that the crawl can be an event that people can continue returning to each month instead of only attending once.

“It really has become a social event,” he said. “It’s something people can come to before they go eat or hang out on the square, and they can just see the art Oxford has to offer.”

The Mississippi summer heat couldn’t keep away this month’s art crawl attendees. Each of the stops were filled with people and the double-decker bus had only a few empty seats left during each circle around the route.