This weekend is the fourth annual Motel Art Show Series in Oxford, Mississippi. No, don’t worry, bad motel art isn’t on display, but rather local artists displaying their work in motel rooms. Genius, I say!
Erin Kirkpatrick (the newly married Erin Austen Abbott) is the creative force behind this idea and the store Amelia Presents in Oxford. In years past, ten rooms would be rented and each room feature one artist, but this year will include twelve rooms with twelve artists. While the name of the event changes depending upon location, the fourth year in Oxford, Mississippi will continue as, “One Night Stand at the Ole Miss Motel. ” Whereas a similar event produced by Kirkpatrick in Los Angeles was the “One Night Stand at the Beverly Laurel Motel.”
In their fourth year, and expanding in popularity and reach, the Motel Art Show Series teamed up with the Southern Foodways Alliance . Focusing on the Global South, the Southern Foodways Alliance is interested in how the world infuses southern style cooking into local cuisine. As a result of this duo, all art submitted to this year’s show will incorporate a global south theme. While not necessarily food related, and up to the artist’s interpretation, the outcome of art presented with this theme should be interesting.
If you are anywhere near Oxford, Mississippi this weekend (Saturday, 7-10pm) you have a date with “One Night Stand at the Ole Miss Motel.”
(Erin, we wish you and all of the artists the best of luck this weekend and I know both Ginger and I wish we lived closer to attend. Maybe next year?!!).