In its 36th year, Oxford Fine Arts celebrates artists from around the Mid-Atlantic. This year, the juror was Alan Brock, an artist, architect, fine art collector, and art dealer. He previously owned the South Street Art Gallery in Easton and has an extensive private collection featuring renowned artists from the region and throughout the United States. Alan selected 44 artists with 36% new to the festival.
Congratulations to the accepted artists as follows: Norman Bell; Paula S. Bell; Christopher Best; Joel Boches; Carole Boggemann-Peirson; Nancy Coleman; Mary Ellen Daly; Ned Ewell; Marilyn Feldman; Rhonda Ford; Mary Ford; Lesley Giles; Jill Glassman; Betty Hafner; Rae Hamilton; Angela Herbert-Hodges; Carla Huber; Tamara Hutchinson; Kim Klabe; Sara Koch; Kathy Kopec; Laura Kapolchok; Diane Lapp; Howard Lapp; Linda Luke; Mary Ellen Mabe; Maire McArdle; Laura McGowan; Karen Merkin; Stephanie Nadolski; Julia Purinton; Steve Rogers; Ken Sadler; John Schisler; Sharon Stockley; Linda Taffe; Nancy Thomas; Daniel P. Turner Thomas; Mary Veiga; Betsey VonDreele; Stephen Walker; Nancy West; C. Keith Whitelock; Barbara Zuehlke.
Winning the special award of featured artist this year is C. Keith Whitelock. His image “Heading Out” won the attention of the juror for its detail, subtle lines and use of muted colors. The featured image appears on the event poster and in all press for the 2020 festival.
The Oxford Community Center’s three-day show ushers in the summer season by drawing local collectors, as well as those from the Baltimore-Washington, Annapolis, Philadelphia, Virginia and New York City areas. The artists and collections presented will excite even the most seasoned collectors with fine works found in many of their favorite mediums.
The event opens on Friday, May 15 with the Preview Party where collectors, artists, and their guests enjoy first looks at the exhibit, and get first opportunity to buy the art. There will be $1,500 in artist awards presented at the Preview Party thanks to event sponsors. Throughout the weekend, artist demonstrations will be presented and there will be projects for the young and young at heart artist, too. A community instillation project welcomes all visitors.
Lunch both Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17 is available from Noon to 2 p.m. under the tent by the grill. The menu features chicken salad, hot dogs and a few surprises added this year. Infamous Strawberry Shortcake is offered both days.
At the close of the Saturday show, there will an “Ag-Fest” dinner celebrating Maryland foods provided by multiple farm sourced restaurants with craft beers and live music for all to enjoy. On Sunday afternoon, there will be bubbly and a raffle drawing for fantastic pieces of works that the artists donate to support the Oxford Community Center’s mission, which is to serve the community and region with a year-round schedule of educational, cultural, and recreational programs and events. All proceeds from Oxford Fine Arts support the Community Center’s programs, geared for all ages.
Oxford Fine Arts 2020 exhibition hours:
Friday, May 15 • 5:30-8 p.m. $80 includes open bar and food. Preview Party ticket is a weekend pass; return daily for free.
Saturday, May 16 • 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10
Saturday, May 16 • $10. Happy Hour, Music and “Ag-Fest” • 4-8 p.m. $20 and cash bar
Sunday, May 17 • 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
For more information, visit oxfordcc.org or contact the Oxford Community Center at 410-226-5904 or email@example.com. Sign up for OCC’s weekly e-newsletter for additional announcements and updates or like OCC’s Facebook page at Oxford Community Center, Inc.