With three weeks left in January 2016, it’s never too early to start marking calendars for one of Oxford’s favorite staple events; Lafayette County’s monthly Oxford Art Crawl.
The popular event – held religiously on the fourth Tuesday of each month (January through October) – is sponsored by the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council (YAC) and is always free of charge and open to everyone.
With a pre-crawl gathering planned from 5-6 p.m. at The Orchard church on Highway 7 in its Northlight Gallery; the night promises to be jam-packed with intriguing art and active locals joining in on the eclectic fun.
The crawl – scheduled from 6-8 p.m. – will launch from the Powerhouse in Oxford’s iconic Double Decker bus.
“The Oxford Art Crawl has become one of the events that makes our community distinct. The monthly event provides a chance to get a survey of the ever-changing art exhibits and shows at all venues; from galleries, community spaces to museums. It inspires residents and visitors to set aside time to view art using the monthly event as a way to recharge the mind as they discover the ever-changing exhibits available daily in our community,” YAC director Wayne Andrews said.
Parking for the event is free to participants and is available in the lot located behind the Powerhouse. From there, the Double Decker bus will shuttle participants regularly throughout evening; making stops at the UM Museum, the Oxford Square, on the Ole Miss campus and at the Powerhouse itself. With the regularity of the bus, participants can easily visit each of the locations and enjoy all of the art on display.
Through its website, YAC encourages the entire L-O-U community: “Join us the fourth Tuesday of each month for a monthly tour of Oxford’s art spaces – everything from the traditional to one night only pop up shows.”
Other crawls planned for 2016 include: February 23; March 22; April 26; May 24; June 28; July 26; August 23; September 27 and October 25.
The Oxford Art Crawl is presented each month with the generous support of Visit Oxford; the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council; Southside Gallery; the University of Mississippi Museum; Gallery 130; and the University of Mississippi Department of Art.
For more information, visit the YAC website at OxfordArts
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