The Double Decker Arts Festival Presented by C Spire Wireless and the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council have added a number of new art programs, including a bus tour of local artists’ studios, throughout the day on Friday, April 26, as part of the festival. Each program described below takes place on Friday unless otherwise noted.
Museum On The Square
Create a quick project inspired by the University Museum’s collection of Theora Hamblett paintings noon until 5 p.m.
Muses and Metaphor Panel Discussion
The University of Mississippi Department of Art will host a Brown Bag Panel discussion featuring internationally acclaimed American realist painter, Bo Bartlett; Betsy Eby, American encaustic painter; and William Dunlap, Southern painter. This panel discussion is Friday, April 26 from noon to 1 p.m. at the University Museum
Painting What You See
The Oxford Artists Guild will host plein air painting demonstrations on the courthouse lawn. Festival goers can watch multiple artists create a work of art as they paint “whatever they see.” This event will go from 1 o 5 p.m.
Andi Bedsworth Demonstration
Popular local artist and owner of Art To Go, Andi Bedsworth will do a demonstration of a mixed media stitch from noon until 12:30 p.m. on the courthouse lawn.
Local artist Janet Barnes will be creating a watercolor of the Square from 12:30 p.m. until 1 p.m. The demonstration will be taking place on the courthouse lawn.
Double Decker Painting Class
Studio Whimzy will be teaching a popular Z-Event style class on the courthouse lawn from 1 to 2 p.m. The subject of the painting will be a Double Decker Bus. The class will cost $25 and includes all necessary supplies.
Kudzu Basket Weaving Demonstration
Mark Barnes will do a kudzu basket weaving demonstration on the courthouse lawn from 1 to 1:30 p.m.
Sheri Marshall of Marshall Pottery will make pottery on the courthouse lawn from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. and from 4 to 4:45 p.m.
Make It, Take It Cards Class
Andi Bedsworth will teach a class on Make It, Take It Cards. on the courthouse lawn from 2:15 to 3 p.m.
Oil Painting Demonstration
Toni Joyner will demonstrate oil painting on a porcelain canvas on the courthouse lawn from 3:15 to 4:00 p.m.
There will be a Eco-Fashion Show at the Jackson Avenue Center at 7 p.m. All clothing is all-natural and recycled. The show costs $5.
The Ole Miss Art Department Printmakers will hold a letterpress demonstration at Meek Hall on the Ole Miss campus. It will be in room 113 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Meek Hall will host a Norma Acord ceramics show titled Offerings Gallery 130 in Meek Hall on the Ole Miss campus from 1 to 4 p.m.
There will be a ceramics demonstration on the front lawn of Meek Hall, located on the Ole Miss Campus, from 1 to 4 p.m.
The Rebel Sculpture Society will offer a mold-making class using a cauldron and hot molten metals. It will take place in the sculpture lawn at Meek Hall on the Ole Miss campus from 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It costs between $30 and $110 depending on what kind of project you want to do.
Bo Bartlett Lecture and Discussion
The University of Mississippi Department of Art will host an Artist’s Lecture with Bo Barlett, an internationally acclaimed American realist painter on Thursday, April 25 at 3 p.m. at the Jackson Events Center (next to the Malco Theater, 2530 West Jackson Avenue). Reception will follow the lecture.
Local Artist Studio Tours
There will also be local artists studio tours on Friday. Folks can buy a ticket for $8 to ride on the Double Decker bus to the studios at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. They’ll visit the studios of artists Ron Dale, Jere Allen, Jason Boulden, and Paula Temple.
Link to tickets: http://doubledeckerartsfestival.eventbrite.com
Also, the University Museum will be free to the public on Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with two new exhibitions: Portraits as Landscapes, Landscapes as Portraits: Yoknapatawpha County in the 1960s and Into the Flatland: Photographs by Kathleen Robbins