By Talbert Toole
The One Night Stand Art Show at the Ole Miss Motel returns to Oxford Saturday, Oct. 26 and offers artists the opportunity to share and sell their creative works.
The show was created by Erin Abbott Kirkpatrick—owner of Amelia Presents and an artist in her own right—as an alternative way for artists to display their work in a nontraditional setting. Each artist occupies a room at the motel and uses the environment to creatively display his or her work.
The show, which began in 2007, will have pieces from 15 different artists this year. The 2019 roster of artists includes:
Hollie Chastain (Chattanooga, TN)
Heather Sundquist Hall (Austin, TX)
Champneys Taylor (Washington D.C.)
Adrienne Brown David (Water Valley, MS)
Nadia Alexis (Oxford, MS)
Michael Doyle (Seattle, WA)
Thomas Grosskoph (Oxford, MS)
Michael Foster (Oxford, MS)
Zet Gold (Des Moines, IA)
Kaylan Buteyn (Nashville, TN)
Nicci Hinkley (Water Valley, MS)
Church Goin’ Mule (New Orleans, LA)
Bill Warren and Pati D’Amico (Water Valley, MS)
Emily Wallace (Durham, NC)
Erin Williams (Washington D.C.)
This will be artist Marshall Blevins’—more commonly known as ‘Church Goin’ Mule’—first time participating in the One Night Stand Art Show. She said she was drawn to the uniqueness of the gallery setting.
“I think the world of Erin and the fellow participating artists,” Blevins said. “She has brought together a really diverse and skilled group of people. It is amazing to be a part of that number.”
Although Blevins is based in New Orleans, she has her own unique history with Oxford. She got married here and calls it one of her favorite towns.
“Whenever I have a chance to visit, I snatch it up,” she said.
Blevins’ motel room will include paintings on wood and canvas, mostly of mules and themes that express Mississippi. She said her works are considered ‘folk’ or ‘outsider’ paintings, focusing on blues songs, southern gothic stories and other southern ideas.
Blevins said some of the work she’ll be displaying that night has never been seen before.
“I’m excited to see how they’re received in Oxford,” she said.
At the show’s special preview hour, from 5 to 6 p.m., attendees pay $20 to have “first dibs” on art with food and drinks included. The Ole Miss Motel Art Show is free to the public from 6 to 9 p.m. with food for sale from Smoke Shop Oxford, Pam’s Guiju House and Oxford Creamery. Beverages from Jackson Beer Company will be available for purchase.
Artists will be able to take credit cards and cash. This is a family-friendly event and all ages are welcome.
For more information on the One Night Stand art show, visit the Facebook page.