Show to be held Saturday and Sunday, exclusive preview Friday
OXFORD — The show will go on — online.
With the coronavirus pandemic, the Oxford Community Center faced the decision of either cancelling its annual fine arts show or adapting to create community online, and OCC chose the latter. In an effort to bring artists and their original work into the lives and homes of art enthusiasts and supporters, the center has built a virtual exhibit and sales show.
In its 36th year, Oxford Fine Arts celebrates artists from around the mid-Atlantic. The juror this year was Alan Brock, an artist, architect, fine art collector and art dealer. He selected 44 artists, 36% of whom are new to the festival.
From this juried, accepted list, the following artists will be featured in the virtual art show: Norman Bell, Paula S. Bell, Christopher Best, Joel Boches, Carole Boggemann-Peirson, Mary Ellen Daly, Ned Ewell, Marilyn Feldman, Rhonda Ford, Mary Ford, Lesley Giles, Jill Glassman, Betty Hafner, Rae Hamilton, Angela Herbert-Hodges, Carla Huber, Tamara Hutchinson, Kim Klabe, Sara Koch, Laura Kapolchok, Diane Lapp, Howard Lapp, Mary Ellen Mabe, Maire McArdle, Laura McGowan, Karen Merkin, Julia Purinton, Steve Rogers, Ken Sadler, John Schisler, Sharon Stockley, Linda Taffe, Mary Veiga, Stephen Walker, Nancy West, C. Keith Whitelock and Barbara Zuehlke.
Visit the “meet the artists” page on the oxfordcc.org website to learn more about each of the artists.
The featured artist is C. Keith Whitelock, who won the honor with the his “Heading Out,” which evokes a memory of a scene that is dear to many of us on the Chesapeake Bay.
The Oxford Community Center’s virtual show will open Friday, May 15, with the exclusive preview. All preview ticket holders will receive a private code to enjoy a first look at the full exhibit and entrance into the online marketplace. The marketplace will be open to those private code holders from noon to midnight Friday. The Exclusive Preview Ticket ($80) is available at oxfordcc.org. This ticket also includes passage to a cocktail party when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
The exhibit will open to the public via oxcfordcc.org Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17. Raffle winners will be announced at 5 p.m. Sunday. The raffle items will be added to the website as soon as they are received from the artists. Just find the raffle item you want and buy raffle tickets shown on the participating artist’s page. All raffle proceeds from Oxford Fine Arts support the community center’s programs, geared for all ages.