01/05/00 briefs

Lafayette County

Oxford Church sponsors

open art competition

n St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Oxford is offering a $1000 purchase prize to the artist who wins its “Sesquicentennial Art Competition.”

The competition is in honor of the church’s 150th anniversary, and is part of a scheduled year-long series of events and celebrations.

Any artists, regardless of their church affiliation, may enter. The art may be in any style or media, but artists must use St. Peter’s Episcopal Church as the inspiration for their work.

A series of limited edition prints will be made of the winning entry, and the artist will be asked to sign the first 100 copies.

Entries are due April 9, 2001. All works will be exhibited April 15 through May 6, with a reception in the winner’s honor scheduled for May 4, 2001.

All entries must be accompanied by an entry form. To obtain an entry form or more information, write to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 2369, Oxford, Miss. 38655 or by call the church office at (662) 234-1269.

Tupelo

TAG Too will host

improv art workshop

The Tupelo Artist Guild will present an improvisational music and visual art workshop at its TAG Too facility Saturday, Jan. 27.

This is the third in a series of workshops examining the relationship between visual and musical art.

“What makes these workshops so much fun is that we involve some great musicians that allow us to hear and thus better see what can be done,” said Tina Lutz, TAG director.

The workshop will include drawing, painting and group interaction. The participants will work together to create several large improvised group paintings.

“When you paint with a group, you have to be humble and just enjoy where you and the painting are being taken,” said Bart Galloway, who will be directing the visual art portion of the workshop. “Because, what you painted a few minutes ago that you may have really liked, will quickly be altered by someone in your group.”

Alvin Fielder, a master percussionist, will direct the musical portion of the workshop.

“If you are improvising, you are coming to it without any preconceived notions,” Fielder said. “You react to what you are being given and try to respond with something worth hearing.”

“Composition-Improvisation: A Hands on Art Workshop” will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $65 for TAG members and $75 for nonmembers. Cost includes painting supplies and lunch.

Participants must bring a sketch book no smaller than 8 by 10 inches and a soft led art pencil, 6b or Ebony.

For more information or to register, call (662) 844-2787 by the Jan. 22 deadline.

Vicksburg

Blues exhibit will

chronicle 30 years

The Southern Cultural Heritage Complex will host a new blues exhibit from Jan. 8 to March 16 at the SCHC Academy Building in Vicksburg.

“Thirty Years of Living Blues” is a compilation of photographs and articles from Living Blues magazine exploring the artists, culture and history of blues music.

Living Blues started in Chicago 30 years ago and eventually moved to the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi in 1983. The exhibit chronicles the magazine’s extensive coverage over the years of blues music, festivals and performers.

The free exhibit will be available for viewing on weekday afternoons. Call (601) 631-2997 for more information, or check the Web at www.southernculture.org.