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Oxford Artists’ Guild to host Spring Art Show

The Oxford Artists’ Guild will be hosting their annual spring art show this Saturday on the courthouse lawn from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

The “Spring into Art!” show will feature pieces from 10 local artists, as well as entertainment from local musician Damein Wash.

Debbie Myers, one of the members of the artists’ guild, said the event will be fun for all ages, and encourages people to come by the Square as part of their Easter weekend.

“The guild is the oldest arts organization in Oxford, and we’ve been around 45 years,” Myers said. “Events like the art show and Double Decker provide a way for artists to showcase their work and for visitors to see local art.”

The art show is one of the few outdoor events the guild participates in, and Myers said the artists’ skill sets range from novice to professional.Those who miss the show can still purchase artwork from the artists at the guild’s gallery space, located in the upstairs portion of Sugar Magnolia antique store on University Avenue.

There will be a wide variety of artwork available, with each artist working in a different medium. Artists featured at the show include Elizabeth Skinner, watercolor; Ed Tropp, leatherwork; Jennifer Pace, pottery; Cecil Bowers, wood turning and Ruth Ann Locke, oil and watercolor.

Catherine Smith, one of the artists featured in the show, creates multicolor paintings of wildlife, primarily using watercolor, according to her Etsy page.

“I am often inspired by the many different birds that I see, from cardinals, to hummingbirds, to goldfinches and more,” Smith said. “I purposefully plant to entice butterflies and bees. These beautiful gifts of nature are all over my garden from early spring to the first frost.”

In addition to the artwork available, the show will also feature two hours of musical entertainment.

Wash will be playing from noon to 2 p.m. during the event. Wash is part of the local groups Us, the Duo and the Soul Tones, and said he’s looking forward to adding to the atmosphere of the art show, and drawing a crowd.

“We love supporting local artists, as we are local artists, so it’s really nice for us to be able to come together,” Wash said. “I will sing some of my originals, but mostly covers that everybody can get into. I like to do an eclectic array of different kinds of tunes.”

Wash will be playing some original pieces on piano, as well as some covers of classic songs. He said his style combines soul, R&B, Stax Records-inspired music, the Doobie Brothers and Michael Jackson, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy. He will also have his album available for sale at the show.

In addition to the spring art show, the artists’ guild will also have a table at Double Decker next month, featuring the work of several of its artists. For those who miss both on-location shows, Myers said the work of all 96 of the guild’s artists can be found every day at the gallery in Sugar Magnolia.

For more information about the Oxford Artists’ Guild, visit their website at http://oxfordartistsguild.blogspot.com.