Tonight the Oxford Art Crawl is bringing together art and culture, featuring unique works of art from St. Louis, Ocean Springs and University of Mississippi art students.
The art shows change every month. Wayne Andrews, the executive director of the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council, said a record-setting gallery show is premiering at the Powerhouse at 6 p.m., an hour before the Art Crawl starts. The show, by Katherine Rhodes Fields, mixes parody and 1970s images from Playboy magazine with food and photography that can be scratched and sniffed.
“Some call it porn, some call it art and some call it just plain crazy,” Andrews said.
The art is only appearing at the Powerhouse for one night, as it is on loan from St. Louis. Fields, a visiting assistant art professor in printmaking, has artwork in the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson and a contemporary art gallery in St. Louis.
“The thought for doing the Art Crawl was that we were scheduling all these art receptions and we were competing against each other, so we decided to schedule our events together and make it a much bigger event,” Andrews said.
“We hoped that more people would discover all the different art venues and people would come in from out of town, which has worked. We had 200 people per Art Crawl come out and restaurants have been donating food.”
Double-decker buses will run through four main stops: the University Museum, Southside Gallery, the Powerhouse and Gallery 130 (in Meek Hall). Students can park at any of the four locations and hop on and off the bus. It will run in a continuous circuit.
Students who are 21 and older can enjoy cocktails at various locations and free beer provided by Coors; Old Venice will also be giving away free slices of pizza.
The Oxford Art Crawl is completely free for students. The reception prior to the Art Crawl is at the Powerhouse starting at 6 p.m.
The Art Crawl is held every fourth Tuesday of the month and was started this past April by a partnership between the Oxford Tourism Council, the university and the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council.
“You know the great thing is you can park, hop on the double decker, go to a couple of stops and go back to the Square for a drink or dinner,” Andrews said.
“It’s a great way to start your evening, and since Friday and Saturday nights are booked, why not go out on a Tuesday? Everyone should come; it’s definitely art and culture.”
Work from UM art students will be featured at the Powerhouse from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and the University Museum houses an exhibit featuring work by Walter Anderson, a wildlife artist from Ocean Springs.