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Members get spotlight at Arts Alliance

11/10/2014 02:29PM ● By J. Chambless

'Third Street' by Reenie Chase

By John Chambless

Staff Writer

The members of the Oxford Arts Alliance share the spotlight this month in the Arts Alliance Gallery, with works in diverse styles and mediums.

Hours of meticulous work are shown in two scratchboard pieces by Charles Lewis, particularly the hundreds of leaves in "Apple Tree." There's something dreamlike and haunting about John Sauers' large watercolor "Crow Swamp," with its looming jack-in-the-pulpits, conversing crows and pink-tinged trees.

Jerome Rodio has a remarkable photo, "Full Moon Setting," capturing a mist-shrouded scene in which the moon seems to be perched on a tower. There's a nice selection of jewelry by Cheryl Gross, who takes vintage bits and creates endlessly creative new pieces.

Nancy Swope's "Foxhunt Bench" is a charming piece of hand-painted furniture sized for a child, and Patricia Reese combines six nursery rhymes on her child-sized room divider screen.

Novelda Ferguson's watercolor, "Japanese Garden," has a nice texture and interesting composition, and Reenie Chase's two oils of Oxford street scenes – "Third Street" and "Market Street" – have a nice light and depth.

Sarah Jayne shows her considerable technical skill in two oil still lifes and her small autumn landscape, "Hay Rolls in November." Jay Eaton's painted wood carving, "Beach," is an interesting three-dimensional wall piece, and "Water Tower," a photo by Nikkole Hale and Cody Puckett, captures a spectacularly weathered and rusted structure in amazing detail.

The Third Annual Members Show and Sale continues through Nov. 21 at the Oxford Arts Alliance (38 S. Third St., Oxford). Visit for more information.

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