Studio Whimzy owner chosen for Double Decker poster artist

Published 4:32 pm Monday, January 8, 2018

The owner of Studio Whimzy, Sarah Kathryn Dossett has been selected to create the artwork for the 2018 Double Decker Arts Festival.

Local artists were given the chance to submit a masterpiece to be named the “official artwork” for the festival. The art is printed on the official festival T-shirts and the official festival poster.

Dossett grew up in Madison-Ridgeland and began her college career at Memphis College of Art in the fall of 1999. She then transferred to the University of Mississippi in 2001 to study printmaking, in which she earned her BFA in 2003. While earning her degree, Dossett also studied art in Cortona, Italy through the University of Georgia. In addition to owning and running Studio Whimzy, she also teaches art to 3 and 4-year-olds twice a week at the Willie Price Lab School.

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Dossett said her art style is “ever changing.”

“I spend time painting and printing,” she said. “I also enjoy mixed media, watercolor, pen and ink and oil pastels. The joy comes from not keeping myself on one particular shelf, but instead trying all possible outlets for my ideas … I enjoy texture, color, finishes, line quality and contrast. I also like to use materials beyond canvas or paper when I work and will paint on just about anything.”

Double Decker Coordinator Lee Ann Stubbs said eight artists applied and submitted artwork to be reviewed. A jury of seven voted on the artwork.

Dossett said it seemed fitting after seven years at the studio to bring all the elements of her art together to design this year’s poster.

“I tried to make these images work together in a fresh way and still be traditional,” she said. “Double Decker Festival weekend is a weekend that I look forward to all year long. As an artist and as an Oxonian I feel very lucky to be able to participate.”

Dossett will receive a free Double Decker Arts Festival art vendor booth space the day of the festival.

The actual poster will be unveiled during a press conference at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 8 at the Visit Oxford office on the Square.

Stubbs also announced Monday that Ole Miss Athletics gifted the naming sponsorship to the University of Mississippi Museum, making this year’s festival name the University of Mississippi Museum Double Decker Arts Festival.

Oxford’s Double Decker Arts Festival is a free, two-day festival inspired by the literary town’s 1994 import of a double-decker bus from England. The festival attracts more than 65,000 people and is the recipient of more than 25 awards, including Best Festival by “Mississippi Magazine” and a Top 20 event by the Southeast Tourism Society.