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OA inaugural show: "Crossing Borders"

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As the name suggests, the upcoming "Crossing Borders" exhibition -- which will be the Oxford American's inaugural art show -- will feature work by six artists who've incorporated international experiences into their work.  

British photographer Chris King, American sculptor Kimo Minton, Little Rock native and Paris painter Marcus McAllister, mixed-media artist Mia Fernandes, smoke artist Rob Tarbell and installation artist Ryder Richards will show their work in the 11-day show that opens Aug. 1. Native Arkansan and London art consultant Susan Johnson-Mumford, who talks about the show with artists McAllister and King in the video above,  presents the exhibition.

From a press release: 

We look at the impact that the move of country has made on the drawings and paintings of Arkansan Marcus McAllister, who has resided in Paris for over a decade. With Mia Fernandes, the viewer feels the joy of simple creation. Following undertaking  numerous international residencies that ranged from China to Philadelphia, the artist’s current surroundings in the Midi-Pyrenees have enabled a return to genuine expression, also influenced by the natural beauty of the region. In the case of Rob Tarbell, one finds out how traveling to France changed a practice that has  otherwise been firmly planted in Virginia and North Carolina. With Kimo Minton, a sculptor and three-dimensional painter who lives part of the year in  London and the other in New Mexico and whose heritage ranges from Hawaii to Japan, we see influences from abstract impressionism with coloring of the desert, and also learn about practical considerations when living between several countries. And in Texan artist Ryder Richards and British photographer Chris King, we are presented with interpretations and distillations of what represents the South, along with associated  cultural nuances. 

An opening reception from 5:30 to 9 p.m. July 31 will iinclude music by 3 Penny Acre and Southern cooking by the Oxford American. King and McAllister will be in attendance. A closing reception is set for 4-7 p.m. Aug. 10.

Other events to be held in conjunction with the show: A Southern wines tasting 5:30-8 p.m. Aug. 2 ($10 at door), a 2nd Friday Art Night reception Aug. 9 (free), an artists' talk with King and McAllister from 3-4:30 p.m. Aug. 3 (free), and three art workshops by McAllister (get more information and make reservations at arkansas@artiswhyigetupinthemorning.com).

Ten percent of show proceeds will go to the Oxford American Literary Project:The Southern Magazine of Good Writing.

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