We can't express how grateful we are for all our wonderful artists, patrons, and friends who have supported us and our mission to provide a cultural experience in Lafayette County. As 2017 comes to a close, we are looking back with humble hearts and looking forward to what the future has in store.
Here are some of the highlights from this year…
The Roost — With a little bit of renovation and rejuvenation, we cleared a new space for The Roost, our gallery within the gallery. This gives us a bit more room to feature and rotate artists and exhibits. Thanks to our talented friend, Justin Schultz, who designed the new logo and Scott Allen at A+Signs and Creative for the hand-painted sign!
Our Online Store — Right before Christmas, we opened up our online store. Right now we are featuring Matt Long ceramics, hand-forged bottle openers by Walter, and Vivian-designed Oxford-themed tea towels. But keep an eye out for more to come!
Tied Together — Our event for the Oxford Fiber Arts Festival. We were so excited to take part in the 2017 Oxford Fiber Arts Festival. We had a special reception for not only our own gallery fiber artists like Stephen Threlkeld, Andi Bedsworth, and Zita Webb, but also for weavings by artist Mary Zicafoose. We are very excited to be part of this amazing festival again this year. Mark your calendars for our Fiber Arts Reception on Friday, January 26th from 5-8 pm!
South Mississippi Art League — We had a blast collaborating with the wonderful artists in the South Mississippi Art League in February! Special thanks to all the artists who contributed to the exhibit: Pat Abernathy, Carolyn Busenlender, Paulette Dove, Kat Fitzpatrick, Sandra Halat, Stacey Johnson, Carmen Lugo, Patt Odom, George Ann McCullough, Cissey Quinn, Julia Reyes and Norma Seward.
Day of the Dead Celebration — On November 2nd, we celebrated our first ever All Souls / Day of the Dead party. Complete with a memorial roll call, an altar, and a priest (thanks, Father Joe!), we celebrated those we love who have passed. We are really grateful for our good friend, Mike Mossing for helping us plan this event. Next year we hope to incorporate an engaging art experience along with the traditions we started this year.
The Old & The New! — OTG is so lucky to have such a vibrant community of artists who contribute to the gallery. We celebrated our 3rd Anniversary in April and featured many of our tried and true contributors. We also welcomed new artists like Laurin Stennis, Ed Millet, Antzee Magruder, David Rawlinson, Clyde McDowell, Ross Turner, and Alan Gross.
We’d also be remiss if we didn’t mention the support of bloggers, travellers, writers, and visitors. Special thanks to:
Erin Austen Abbott wrote about the house and gallery for Design*Sponge and our AirBnb for the Splinter Creek Journal (Don't forget to visit Erin's Living Room Gallery in Water Valley!)
Lesli Peterson and her family at 365 Atlanta Family
Leena Kollar at Culture Trip
M. Scott Morris at the Daily Journal
And, of course, thank you to our local Visit Oxford staff, YAC staff as well as journalists and supporters including the Oxford Citizen, Oxford Eagle, Daily Mississippian, HottyToddy.com, The Local Voice, and more!
AND… We started our blog home&heART! Here are some of our favorite posts that you might have missed:
Christian Leask always lends deep thoughts and humor to his posts— including Always Buy Art from Someone You Know.
Consider the Tiny Shrine! One of our favorite in the 5 Tips series.
Liz McIntyre contributed her thoughts on being an Art Supporter in Residence.
Art is a Record of Humanity, a beautiful and thoughtful piece, was written by artist Sarah Teasley about the Ellen Langford painting her in home.
Thank you for sharing and supporting us over the last year— we love y'all and love having this place for art, community, and friendships! It’s both an honor and our pleasure. We have a LOT of really fun stuff already in the works for 2018, so happy New Year and stick around!