Celebrating 22 years April 28-29, 2017, Oxford’s Double Decker Arts Festival is a free, two-day festival inspired by the literary town’s 1994 import of a double- decker bus from England.
The festival attracts more than 65,000 people and is the recipient of more than 25 awards, including Best Festival by “Mississippi Magazine” and a Top 20 event by the Southeast Tourism Society. This year, local artists were given the chance to submit a masterpiece to be named the “official artwork” for the festival.
The art is printed on the official festival t-shirts and the official festival poster. The public is invited to attend the Double Decker Arts Festival presented by The University of Mississippi Museum Press Conference at the Visit Oxford office (1013 Jackson Avenue East) at 10 a.m. on February 7 where the artwork will be unveiled.
This year’s Double Decker artwork was created by local artist and retired graphic artist Pam Locke, who moved to Oxford in 2003 from Greenville, Mississippi. Her artistic style is considered to be tight and illustrative. She primarily paints in watercolor and acrylic.
“The Double Decker Festival is such an important part of Oxford and is a showcase for the wonderful art that is produced in the region surrounding Oxford,” Locke said. “I entered the contest because I wanted to be a part of that celebration. For several years, I have had this idea in my head to express Double Decker as a blend of art with a festive atmosphere. I finally got around to making it a reality.”
“We had eleven artists apply, and we had a Double Decker jury of five members who voted on the artwork,” said Lee Ann Stubbs, Double Decker coordinator.
Locke adds about being an art vendor at the festival and what she is most excited for, “I have been a part of the Oxford Artist Guild Double Decker booth for several years, but have never had a booth of my own. I am most excited about being a part of the history of Double Decker as well as sharing my work with a larger audience.”
Artists were able to apply for consideration via applications posted on the official Double Decker website as well as on the Double Decker Facebook page. Only residents of Lafayette County were considered, and the bus had to be included in the artwork. The winner will receive a free Double Decker Arts Festival art vendor booth space the day of the festival.
Courtesy of Visit Oxford.
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