A decade for ‘One Night Stand’

Published 11:01 am Thursday, October 13, 2016

With a title like “One Night Stand at the Ole Miss Motel 10th Anniversary Art Show,” who would not be intrigued?

Well, many people are every year and make their way to University Avenue to view art in various pop-up galleries staged in rooms at the hotel. Just like last week’s Water Valley Art Crawl, it has become a fall season tradition.

The show, this Saturday, is hosted by Amelia Presents, which is owned by Erin Austen Abbott and located at 1006 Van Buren on the Oxford Square. This well curated little shop carries all kinds of wonderful treasures and is open from 10-5 Wednesday-Saturday.

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The art show features local and regional artists who are selected by Abbott and each artist transforms a room for the night to highlight and feature their artwork. Rooms vary from wildly staged to others where the art is simply set up on the walls and beds.

Regardless of the strategy, each room is a delight to behold as you get an intimate look at the art and a casual opportunity to meet the artist, chat and learn more about their process and background.

The event has become a social opportunity for many as networking happens for the artists and neighbors and residents get to catch up with each other at this unusual cultural offering. It is a fun way to enjoy dinner and art in a quirky cool atmosphere where everyone is excited to see who is showing and how they have presented their rooms.

Artists participating include Kathryn Hunter from Baton Rouge, Jonathan Kent Adams, Jason Cimon, and Deja Samuel from Oxford, Amy Evans from Houston, Texas, Frances Berry from Memphis, and Adrienne Brown-David and daughters from Water Valley. Included in the line-up from Corinth and Oxford will be Shelby Kyser and Jake Rogers with music by Cody Rodgers.

For $25, folks can purchase preview tickets that will get them into the show at 5 p.m. and food by Saint Leo. At 6 p.m., the doors open to the general public, free of charge, and you still have the opportunity to purchase food from Saint Leo. The show lasts until 9 p.m. and is located at 1517 University Avenue.

ANDI BEDSWORTH is owner of Art To Go, which brings free art opportunities to children in the community.