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September 14, 2014

Artists in Action Summer events add flavor to local art feast

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Posted: Saturday, June 14, 2014 10:38 pm

Savory events at three area venues this summer can be compared to a movable feast.

There’s a gala and four concerts at the Oxford Performing Arts Center, an exhibit at Nunnally's Custom Framing and Noble Gallery featuring a bounty of jewelry, and CAST’s Randy Awards celebrates the people behind the performances. All together they provide a table laden with entertainment to flavor our lives. Take note and mark your calendar.


The Oxford Arts Council will keep music lovers busy with concerts through September at the Performing Arts Center in downtown Oxford, starting June 21 with Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder.

Skaggs is one of the most sought-after performers in bluegrass and is among the leading innovators of the genre. In 1982 he was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry at the age of 27, the youngest performer ever to be inducted at that time. Reserved tickets range from $22 to $49.

Another Grammy winner in the series is singer B.J. Thomas, best known for hits like “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” and “I Just Can’t Help Believing.” Thomas has won five Grammys over his career in pop, Christian, country and gospel music. Reserved seat tickets for the July 19 show range from $15 to $40.

On Aug. 14, the vocalists in “Shadows of the Sixties” pay tribute to The Four Tops and The Supremes, and Sept. 4 Beatlemania invades the area for one night when “The Fab Four” brings back the songs and distinctive style of the British rock group that became a household name.

Advanced tickets may be purchased online at, over the phone by calling 256-241-3322, or at the center located at 100 Choccolocco St. Tickets will also be available at the door before the performances.

The Oxford Arts Council will hold an inaugural Black & Gold Gala June 20 at 7 p.m. to benefit the 2014-2015 Black & Gold Performance Series at OPAC. The evening includes a silent auction, seated dinner and a fabulous program of talented performers as well as the unveiling of the 2014-2015 series. The council will share with patrons the different ways that individuals or corporations can provide support, and the benefits to be received in recognition for each donation. Visit for details.


When you walk into Nunnally's Custom Framing and Noble Gallery at 1014 Noble St., the display to the immediate right showcases the jewelry of Sarah Cavender Metalworks. Here you’ll find bracelets, earrings and necklaces made by an artist and her supervised craftspeople in her small shop in Oxford. Each piece is plated or oxidized and finished by a process of hand painting with bronze powders in a base of lacquer, then sealed.

“It’s an anthology of pieces I’ve created,” Cavender said. “Some are recently made and other sculptures are favorites from years back. Stones are popular now, so we’ve added some pieces with those.”

Cavender, the creator of a full line of jewelry, metal mesh belts and handbags, is one of 30 artists currently on display in the gallery. The exhibit will be up through July.

Another eye-catching work at Nunnally’s is a watercolor by Rosemary Hollingsworth titled “Run for the Roses.” Hollingsworth has exhibited in shows in Florida, Birmingham, Pell City and locally, including a solo show at Heritage Hall in Talladega.


Each year the Community Actors’ Studio Theatre celebrates the accomplishments of the actors, technicians, staff and all other volunteers during the previous season at the Randy Awards. This year’s event will be July 17 at Classic on Noble with Mayor Vaughn Stewart as master of ceremonies. Call 256-820-2278 for more information.

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1 comment:

  • juauar posted at 10:59 am on Sun, Jun 15, 2014.

    juauar Posts: 33

    Let's don't forget the JSU Visual Arts Exhibit
    June 19 through July 10 in Hammond Hall.


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