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Friday, December 2, 2011

Article in the Daily Mississippian

Whoo Hoo!!  What a great article written by Kaitlyn DeBose and featured in the Daily Mississippian

From paintings and pottery to music and food, the Oxford Artist Guild held 2nd annual Biggest Baddest Art Show on Monday, November 14.
The event, held at the Powerhouse, displayed works from local artists and provided an opportunity to showcase artistic talent in Oxford.
More than 150 people visited the art show which had over a hundred pieces of art in various mediums. 88 artists showcased work, including woodwork, porcelain and paintings.
President of the Oxford Artist Guild, Lori Blaylock, said she was pleased with the number of people who came out to the show and was happy the artists of Oxford have this opportunity to have their work displayed.
“It’s an awesome show this year, “Blaylock said. “It’s just growing so big. Oxford is full of talent and this is a great way for artists to get exposure.”
Brinkley Gaia was a first time visitor to the Art show and said she was impressed with the many forms of art.
“I love the pieces,” Gaia said. “Some of them are extraordinary.”
One particularly different type of art on display was the work of Vikki Hughes. Rather than oil paintings or ceramics, Hughes created jewelry.
“This is my first year time in the art show and I think it’s going well,” Hughes said. “I’ve been doing this [making jewelry] since 1990, but it’s progressed.”
During the show, viewers were given ballots and could vote for their favorite piece of art in a “People’s Choice Award.” This is something new to the show, said Susan Hayman who came to the Biggest Baddest Art Show last year.
“I’ve never voted before,” Hayman said. “I think it’s wonderful.”
The awards were divided into three categories, favorite new member work, favorite fine artwork and favorite fine craftsmen.
People’s choice fine art winner was Joan Vaughn with “Here’s to You.” Favorite new member winner was “Tea Roses and Red Vase” by Tammy Oliver Cook. Cecil Bowers won the craftsman people’s choice award.
Wine and refreshment were provided for guests. Music was performed by local musicians Tate Moore and David Woolworth for the Biggest Baddest Art Show.
The Oxford Artists Guild will hold another exhibition at the Christmas Market which opens this Friday December 2 and 3.
More information about the Artist Guild and upcoming events can be found at oxfordartistsguild.blogspot.com or oxfordartistguild.com.