Fine Arts at Oxford celebrates 35 years of showcasing artists. Adding to the festivities, various demonstrations by some of the juried artists have been arranged for the public’s enjoyment. These short demonstrations provide an opportunity for the attendees to participate and discuss craft with the artists in a more detailed fashion. Children and adults alike are invited to enjoy these exciting presentations.
Ceramic artist Paula Bell captures the imagination of the audience as she demonstrates the multi-step processes used in the creation of her porcelain structures. She will share examples of her work to supplement how she builds select pieces through the step-by-step sculpting process.
Heather Crow will share her insights on illustrating children’s picture books, and specifically how she researched Wind and Oyster Jack, a story about the friendship between two characters who depend upon each other – Wind, and the waterman Oyster Jack, that she works with.
Many of the original illustrations that contain specific references to locations on the Eastern Shore, as well as contemporary and historic people in Talbot County will be for sale at Fine Arts at Oxford. Each illustration contains accurate depictions of how a skipjack captain depends on his environment and the wind.
Artist Kim Klabe creates such fun innovative works that originate when she pours wine or beer on her canvas. With shear creativity, Kim draws images from and within those stains and eventually fills them with intricate detail and color, to create her final magical product. Kim will provide background into her creations and will demonstrate the creation of her whimsical, innovative designs.
An often-requested exhibitor at Fine Arts at Oxford, Sharon Stockley will once again charm observers at her demonstration. Working with fire as a constructive tool, Sharon will discuss the techniques she uses as she demonstrates the welding and wiring of glass and metals into her sculptural artworks.
The demonstrations will be scheduled at various times throughout the weekend. Look for the schedule of demonstration times at www.oxfordcc.org
The exciting weekend of events generates critical revenue, which allows the Community Center to offer free and low cost programs throughout the year. Thanks to our generous benefactors and sponsors, whose support helps underwrite the event, the money raised over the weekend goes directly towards serving our greater community. We thank our sponsors, Doc’s Sunset Grille, 1880 Bank, FBB Capital Partners, Kinetik, WCEI, What’s Up? Media, Attraction Magazine, Talbot County Economic Development & Tourism, Oxford Museum, Go Glass, Easton Eye Care, McHale Landscaping, Preston Motor, Avery Hall, The Trippe Gallery, Shore United Bank, Wye Financial, Case Works Studio, Benson & Mangold, Mystery Loves Company, Eastern Shore Title, Teddy Bear Fresh, Booth, Booth, Cropper & Marriner, PC, Bay Light Candles and the Trujillo Family Trust.
The exhibit opens with the preview gala Friday, May 17th at 6pm. Saturday, May 18th the show is open 10am to 5pm. culminating with a Happy Hour BBQ and Live Music by the Wyes Guys. Happy hour will begin at 4pm and the BBQ Buffet will begin on-site at 5pm. Sunday, May 19th the doors open again at 10am. Raffle ticket drawings for the work of art donated to the OCC from our amazing artists will begin at 2pm and will until closing at 4pm.
Tickets to the Friday Preview Gala are $80 (open bar) – Saturday Happy Hour BBQ is $25 (cash bar)
The Show Saturday and Sunday is $7 at the door. *Tickets to the Gala serve as VIP passes all weekend. To purchase tickets visit oxfordcc.org or call 410-226-5904