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State’s Largest And Oldest Art Festival Is This Weekend In Oxford


  This weekend, Missis-sippi’s largest and oldest fiber arts festival is being held in Oxford. The celebration brings together artists, crafts people, and fiber producers to celebrate a broad scope of fiber arts.  The annual event mixes traditional artisans with contemporary artists, connecting the unique role fiber arts plays as both a functional and fine art form. 

The event will be presented at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center in Oxford from Thursday, January 26 to Saturday, January 28. There will be 17 vendors from nine states selling fiber related items and products, 28 classes scheduled, two receptions, two lectures and demonstrations as well as children’s activities on Saturday. 

Knit 1 Oxford will also host classes on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in conjunction with the festival. Founded through a partnership with Knit1 Oxford and the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council, the Oxford Fiber Arts Festival celebrates independent fiber artists who keep time honored crafts alive or challenge the ideas behind fiber art with new exciting works. 

The event features an exhibit of fiber related works by guest artist, Diane Williams from Madison hanging in the Powerhouse Gallery. Attendees can meet her as the festival kicks off with an annual welcome reception that allows attendees to meet the artists, teachers, and vendors who offer programs throughout the festival on Thursday at 4:30pm. 

After the reception, please plan on attending a special presentation of Thacker Mountain Radio Show at Off Square Books in which Diane Williams will be a featured guest. On both Friday and Saturday, Williams will be giving lectures at the Powerhouse on two different topics. On Friday at 9 a.m.  join her to learn about “The Historic Journey of African American Quilters.” On Saturday, she will speak   at 9 a.m. about Mississippi Arts Commission grants and Services. Both lectures are included in the daily admission of $2 per adult. Children are admitted to the festival free, and adults can also save money by purchasing a weekend pass for $5 which includes all three days.

The market doors open on Thursday at 3 p.m. for preview shopping until 4:30 when the reception begins. The following Friday, the doors open for shopping from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the same hours apply to Saturday. Classes will be going on all day on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and include knitting, felting, dyeing, weaving, spinning, basketry, rug-hooking and more. You can register online before the fest and at the door, depending on spot availability. Vendors will be selling yarn, wool, handmade items, fabrics, tools for fiber artists, patterns, kits and all kinds of wares. 

Saturday will be full of excitement for children and families alike as there will be children’s art activities in an outside heated tent from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., concessions, and live animals including sheep, bunnies and llamas.  From 12:30-2:30 p.m., the University Museum will be hosting a turtle weaving activity for free and other crafts will be $1 each. 

For more information about the festival including event schedule, class registration and more go to http://www.oxfordarts.com/events/fiberfest.

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