Ox­ford Arts Al­liance hosts na­tion­wide show

The Ox­ford Arts Al­liance has hit sig­nif­i­cant heights with its cur­rent show, the Na­tional Ju­ried Ex­hi­bi­tion.

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Chris Bar­ber cbar­ber@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com

OX­FORD >> For a small-town gallery, the Ox­ford Arts Al­liance has hit sig­nif­i­cant heights with its cur­rent show, the Na­tional Ju­ried Ex­hi­bi­tion.

In the small­ish room at 38 S. Third St. are about 50 pieces of art in var­i­ous me­dia that made it through the elim­i­na­tion process called ju­ry­ing. The works have come from as far away as California and Arkansas and are com­posed of a va­ri­ety of me­dia.

Di­rec­tor’s as­sis­tant Leah Ma­holes said there were about 200 en­tries, many of them sent from far away. Artists found out about the show through pub­lic­ity in art mag­a­zines and on the in­ter­net.

As they came in, Ma­holes said she was im­pressed with the qual­ity, not just of the ones that were cho­sen, but oth­ers that didn’t make it. “I felt bad for some (that weren’t go­ing to be in the show),” she said.

The sub­jects of the pieces range from some very re­al­is­tic mod­els, and even pho­to­graphic, to ex­tremely ab­stract. And the size runs the gamut from a good 6 feet tall to ones that can be held in of one’s hand. In­cluded are at least two pieces of sculp­ture.

As view­ers come in, they see a United States map on the ta­ble with stars show­ing where the works came from. It was not un­usual to see Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado and California, as well as nearby Delaware and Pennsylvania.

Ma­holes said a lot of peo­ple have said they are im­pressed at where the works came from.

“For be­ing a lit­tle town, we’re do­ing well,” she added.

The cur­rent na­tional show con­tin­ues un­til Oct. 14.

The next show will be­gin on Oct. 21 with an open­ing on the Fri­day evening. It is called “Art, Ar­chi­tec­ture and Archives” and will in­clude works of C.X. Carl­son, dis­plays from the Ox­ford Area His­tor­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion, lo­cal his­tory ex­hibits, Grier pot­tery and Hans Ol­son’s medals. That show will be spon­sored by the His­tor­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion and the Sawm­mill Grill and con­tin­ues un­til Nov. 11.

The Ox­ford Arts Al­liance gallery is opened Tues­day, Thurs­day and Fri­day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Satur­day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

CHRIS BAR­BER — DIG­I­TAL FIRSTS ME­DIA

The Ox­ford Arts Al­liance is play­ing host to 50 out­stand­ing works of art from all over the United States.

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