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Art Talk

By Andi Bedsworth

As the year is winding down, it is time to think about next year’s art opportunities. If you are artistic in any way, you might consider applying to be a part of the Powerhouse Gallery Series in Oxford. This will be the fifth year of this series, and it was started by director, Wayne Andrews to promote local artists and give them opportunities to exhibit as well as providing shows to create bodies of work for.  So if you are an experienced artist or an inspiring artist, this is the time to try your hand at producing work for a local exhibit. Members of the community meet each year to come up with themes for various shows throughout the year. Some shows get repeated each year such as the Oxford Artists’ Guild’s Biggest Baddest Show, The Student Exhibition, and The Fiber Arts Show. Other shows are new additions created to inspire artists to think out of the box.

This past year has included shows for photographers, juried shows, and a show based on music. The new line up which starts in January will challenge artists with shows based on the alphabet, artist trading cards, and a birdhouse show to benefit Habitat for Humanity. With the various offerings there should be something for most artists to apply for.

You can apply by going to and download the application. The instructions are simple and the process is free except for the Double Decker Juried show which has a small application fee. The deadline for applications is Sept. 28 at 5 p.m. and while you are dropping off your application you can take a look at the newest show in the gallery by artist Bradley Gordon. Please send your arts related news to

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