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Artist Profile: Beth Long

By Andi Bedsworth

            As we move from January into February, our thoughts turn to another winter tradition, Valentine’s Day. This little holiday has turned stores into seas of red and pink, peddling everything from cards, balloons, flowers, sweet treats and jewelry. In honor of this upcoming holiday, I would like to profile local jewelry artisan, musician and artist, Beth Long of Vintage Bohemia.

            Living in Houlka, Long is familiar to the art scene in Oxford and Water Valley. Not only does she craft wearable art, but she also paints, collages, and sings in a band, Dutch and Bijou with her husband, Jeff Long, often entertaining guests at Bozarts art openings.

            She is also the mother of three boys, and is a member of various local arts groups helping to organize, promote and create opportunities for other artists. Her flair for the dramatic and her great voice and personality always captivates audiences in her live performances. And her costumes are always amazing. Beth is a lover of all things vintage and often sports finds from her treasure hunts.

            This passion bleeds into her jewelry which is a lovely combination of vintage and contemporary. Her works often combine old cast off pieces to create new creations full of personality.

            Her jewelry is showcased at Bozarts Gallery, and she often peddles her wares at the Maker’s Market, Oxford Artists’ Guild shows and other arts festivals in the region. Her work ranges from quirky and fun to sparkly and glamorous. She has something for all occasions including every day and that special formal occasion.

             On Saturday, February 7, she will be unveiling new work and discounting older items at her Vintage Bohemia Trunk Show at Bozarts Gallery in Water Valley. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. she will be displaying and selling her newest work which she says is “going in a new direction.”

            I am excited to see what she has come up with as her creativity seems unlimited. I urge you to visit the gallery at 403 Main Street on Saturday to see what she has been up to. It is a great way to get some gifts for loved ones for Valentine’s Day and a splendid way to support a local artist.




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