This is a CELEBRATION of art in our community. The traditional Art Crawl is BACK!
Experience the culture and hospitality of our local residents, eclectic artisans, and businesses.
Artist Olivia Wymore will be featured during the Art Crawl at 101 Leland Street. Olivia is a recent graduate of Biology and Art from the University of Mississippi. Being passionate about both the arts and sciences, she pursues creative and educational projects that use artistic expression and design to explain and reimagine scientific concepts for many different audiences. These interests culminated in the creation of The North Mississippi Field Guide for Young Explorers as her honors thesis. She is inspired by the natural world in her personal work as well, often focusing on the complex ways our identities and both physical and mental health are affected by our relationships to our natural environment.
Artist Pannawat will be featured during Art Crawl at 101 Leland Street. Pannawat was born in Bangkok, Thailand in 1996. Pannawat says his passion flame for art has always been burning for as long as he can remember. During his middle school years is when he first learned about impressionism and expressionism. His obsession with Leonid Afremov work was the initial spark for him to experiment with oil paint and palette knife, and he later abandoned the use of brushes all together.
Artist Amy Webb will be featured during Water Valley's Art Crawl this Saturday evening. Amy is a recent Bachelors in Fine Arts grad from the University of Mississippi and a new resident of Water Valley. In her work, she attempts to capture fleeting moments of presence and tranquility through emphasized lighting and extra vibrant palette choices. She finds inspiration in the ephemeral: sunsets, streetlights, cast shadows, and occasional stillness. Her painting journey brought her to join the thriving community of artists here in Water Valley by establishing a studio practice at 20 South Main. When she isn't painting, she's helping to orchestrate regular multidisciplinary arts events in Oxford under the organization called Quasar. Amy's work will be featured during the Art Crawl at both 20 South Main Street and 16 South Main Street.
Artist Gladne Harris will be featuring her work and the work of her students during the Art Crawl at her studio located at 20 South Main Street. Gladne is a master seamstress with 45 years of sewing experience. She created the Sew Classy Studio in Water Valley to foster an inviting, comfortable learning environment where young or old, beginner or experienced, can learn master sewing skills. Her areas of expertise include French sewing, smocking, and quilting.
Violet Valley Bookstore will be hosting artist James Kane during the Art Crawl. They are located at 303 North Main Street. James Kane is an artist based in Oxford, MS, who received his MFA in Painting from Indiana University and his BFA from Louisiana State University. He worked as a preparator at museums and galleries in Baton Rouge and Lafayette, LA, and State College, PA. He has been included in exhibitions in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Birmingham, Indianapolis, Chicago, and New York. His work explores the unifying experience of queerness and its role in our history and culture.
Artists Jamie & Linda Scott invite you to The Dancing Bear to become part of their installations by creating your own Sidewalk Chalk Art while listening to Native American flute music. Themes are Native American Culture, Nature, Spirituality, or Bears. All visitors and participants will receive a Collector’s Edition Dancing Bear Fan and icee. They encourage children of all ages from novice to professional to create art or simply explore the sanctuary and sculpture garden. The Dancing Bear is located at 1301 North Main Street.
The Dancing Bear Featured Artists include:
•Ascension by Sarah White
•Magic Door by Brad Van Winkle
•Heaven & Earth, A Self Portrait by Jamie Scott
•Anasazi (The Ancient Ones)by Unknown
•Ogalala Ghost Dancers by Gary Lane Manufacturing & Jamie Scott
•Smokey Strikes Back by Bill Warren
•The Shaman by Gary Lane Manufacturing & Jamie Scott
•Sand Hill Cranes by Two Hands Glass
•Metallic Aviary by Phil Walters
•What’s a Girl Like You Doing in a Dive Like This? by Hannah McCormick
Artist Adrienne Brown-David will be featured during the Art Crawl at her studio located at 303 Panola Street. Adrienne is a freelance artist living in Water Valley. Though she is originally from St. Louis, Adrienne has lived in both Chicago, where she briefly attended the School of Art Institute of Chicago, and the Virgin Islands before settling in the south. Adrienne is a wife and mother of four daughters, and the experience of motherhood greatly influences her work.
Artist Ruth Hogue will be featured during the Art Crawl at 101 Leland Street. Ruth is a 23 year old artist from Oxford, Mississippi. She has never received any formal training, but she has been painting all her life. Her works primarily consist of slices of life and landscapes of the south, with the occasional surrealist touch. She is currently pursuing a degree in psychology at the University of Mississippi and hopes to receive a degree in the arts in the future.
Artist Taylor Loftin will be featured during the Art Crawl at 101 Leland Street. Taylor is an artist from Jackson, Mississippi, and he now lives and works in Water Valley. He received his BFA from Memphis College of Art in 2015 and his MFA from the University of Arkansas in 2021. He has been a resident at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Drawing, the Wassaic Project, and Stove Works. He is the recipient of the 2020 William & Dorothy Yeck Award for Young Painters. As a vehicle for self-investigation, painting allows Loftin the opportunity to re-examine his relationships to love, labor, familial and cultural histories, masculinity, religion, and art.
Artist Justin McDaniel will be featuring his work during the Art Crawl at his studio located at 224 Blackmur Drive. In 2016, Justin started his business in his parents' garage. He began by making picture frames and other small wall hanging items and posting them to show his friends and family on Facebook. Soon after he posted, people started asking him to make custom pieces and add his rustic finishing touches to them. At that time, Justin was in college at Ole Miss and commuting to his parents home in Vicksburg every weekend to do his work. Two years later, his uncle offered him space at his shop in Clarksdale, MS, that would be closer to his home in Oxford. Approximately 6 months after working in Clarksdale, Justin decided to look for a shop even closer to Oxford, and he found the perfect spot in Water Valley right off Main Street.
Artist Coulter Fussell will be featured during Art Crawl at 315 Panola Street. Coulter was born and raised in Columbus, Georgia, an old textile town. She’s the youngest family quilter, hailing from generations of seamstresses and quilters. Coulter maintains a studio on Main Street in Water Valley where she accepts old, discarded and donated textiles — clothes, curtains, quilts, bed sheets, furs and anything textile related — to use as her sole materials in her quilt-works. Coulter’s work combines hyper-personal narratives with collective human histories under the guise of abstraction. Using the discarded textiles as a tool of archeology, Coulter’s work explores by crossing boundaries of time and distance. She is making connections. Her work often moves between quilting, painting and sculpture all at once. Coulter has been the recipient of numerous art awards and grants. She exhibits work across the country. She lives in Water Valley, MS with her family and writes a weekly slice-of-life column for The North Mississippi Herald.