Picket Fences

The top selling fence in 2012, "Wanted: Dead or Alive" was created by Sean Wells and was on display throughout last summer at the Oxford Community Center.

OXFORD - This year will mark the fifth annual Oxford Picket Fence Tour. This year, 12 large picket fences (about the size of a fence gate) were given out to area artists in January. These artists have spent the last few months creating masterpieces on them. A new feature to 2013 is a smaller version of the larger picket fences (about 19- by 22-inches in size). These pieces of "wooden canvas" - 10 in total - also were presented to area artists early in the year for their own creative flair to add to the town. All of the pickets will be presented on a map with their location as a walking tour through Oxford. The larger fences will be displayed outside of area businesses and the smaller fences will be on display either in windows or inside of area businesses.

Each year the tour starts in conjunction with the Oxford Community Center's Fine Arts Fair, so the fences will all be in place throughout Oxford beginning on Friday, May 17, through September. Each artist is asked to pick their favorite charity, which will be displayed on the tour map as well, and each artist hopes each year that their charity will benefit from the tour. Judy Bixler, chairman of the picket fence committee, said that with new rules this year more charities will benefit from each of the artist's work.

From 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, the Oxford Business Association will host the annual Auction of the Picket Fences at the Oxford Community Center.

"This year, the 12 large fences will all go into a live auction. Different from previous years, all 12 charities or nonprofit organizations will be receiving a portion of the proceeds," said Bixler.

The 10 small fences will be part of a silent auction with the top seller of the small fences' charity or nonprofit receiving a portion of the proceeds from the silent auction funds raised. Maps depicting the tour will be available throughout town at area businesses and at www.portofoxford.com.

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