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Art Talk

By Andi Bedsworth

            As we move forward in the New Year many galleries are preparing for new exhibitions. After taking a break for the holidays, Bozarts will open the season with a bang featuring two painters who are members of their alliance, which is a cooperative that helps run the gallery on Main Street.

            Michael Maxwell and Tommy Goodman will be showing their landscape paintings in this show of new works. Both men have a unique style and the combination of the two painters will make for a visually stunning show celebrating the art of painting landscapes.

            Maxwell is a familiar name in the Oxford art scene, having lived there for some time. His urban and pastoral landscapes in oil are sought after and grace many private homes in the area. His works exude a mood and ambience that seems hard to capture but somehow he does. They are more than just representations of place. They feel like the space along with the atmosphere surrounding it. Looking at his work you can almost tell exactly what the weather, time and day was when the image was taken.

            Goodman’s work is large scale, and the skies are what capture you first. He is from Carrollton and is a retired architect. He spends his time painting the sweeping Delta landscapes in acrylic on canvas and watercolor paper.                       

            Goodman reports, “Growing up in the Mississippi delta (Shelby, MS), I’ve always been intrigued by the haunting horizontal vastness and variety in delta panoramas, particularly the skies. As I paint from memory and past observations, the completed image is always an abstraction of the original experience.”

            A new member of the alliance, the gallery is excited to have him on board and to show his work along with Maxwell, who has been a member of the group for several years.

            The above artists’ work will be showcased in the front section of the gallery. In the back of the gallery is a separate section filled with work by all 17 members of the alliance. Also in that space is a feature wall used on rotation to spotlight individual artists’ works.

            Mari Foster will fill this space with her whimsical drawings made with pen and ink and her delightful imagination. Foster explains that living in her two-towered Victorian home has influenced her art “giving it an otherworldly flair.”

            I never tire of looking at her little drawings, and the titles always add a touch of humor to the images making them an amusing and fun addition to the gallery. 

            This exhibit will open with a reception on Friday, January 30 from 6-9 p.m.  Live music will be provided by Half Blind Henry from Berlin. This will be a fun way to kick off the weekend so make your way to 403 Main Street this Friday night.



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