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Spring signals local art changes in Oxford

By Andi Bedsworth

The spring season brings with it daffodils, daylight savings time, spring cleaning and is a time of renewal and change. In honor of the season, Oxford’s local galleries and arts organizations are switching out works, installing new shows and celebrating new works and artists. At this month’s art crawl to be held next Tuesday, from 6-8 p.m., several of these exhibits will be up and open to the public.

At the North Light Gallery, you can view sculptures by Earl Dismuke, Seth Thibodaux and Bill Beckwith. As part of the Yokna Sculpture Trail, many new sculptures are replacing some of the familiar ones as the sculptures rotate every couple of years bringing new public art into our town. You can already see new ones being installed at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center, Pat Lamar Park and other locations on the trail. To celebrate the three-dimensional art of sculpture, North Light Gallery at the Orchard Church has created a special exhibit highlighting three sculptors. The exhibit can be viewed until April 30. The gallery is located at 295 Highway 7 North in Oxford.

The Annual Student Art Exhibition at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center will be a lively place to be during the art crawl as the reception for their popular show is attended by many budding artists and their families. Students from preschool age to high school in the local community were eligible to submit works to the exhibit, which honors the efforts of young students in our community. Prizes will be awarded and announced at the party, which is family-friendly and will include many fun activities for all ages.

I hope this list will inspire you to get out and take advantage of all the artistic offerings available this season.