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I have been working on some art shows and some courses for 2021. I hope that these opportunities will inspire you to be creative during this difficult time. I encourage you to participate in as many of these shows that you wish. You do not have to be a member to participate in most of these shows at this time. Also, memberships are still free until further notice.

Mary-Anne Murphy
Cultural Coordinator
Oxford Creative Connections Inc.
Box 1521, Woodstock, Ontario N4S 0A7
Phone: 519-777-1374

2021 Shows

Meet the Makers – Facebook Featured Artist of the Week
You do not have to be on Facebook to participate in this showcase of your work. Your featured show will be posted on the OCCI Facebook Page and I will load it. Generally, artists get between 550 and 1200 views during the week of their show.
I will need 10 good quality photos of your work, a short bio or a statement about your work (1- 3 sentences only), and your full contact info including your social media links. A different artist will be chosen each week to be featured throughout the year.

“Love is a Work of Art” – Valentine’s Day Show and Sale – February 1 – 14th, 2021
This show will take place on the Facebook Group Page – Oxford Creative Makers’ Market. All posts must fit a Valentine’s Day theme or be suitable as a Valentine’s Day gift during this period of time. Jewelry, chocolates, small works, sculptures, pottery, etc. are all suitable for this show. If you are questioning whether your piece is suitable for the show, please email a photo to me.

“Escape into Spring” Themed Juried Art Show – April 1 – 30, 2021 – OCCI Website Virtual Gallery
This is an open call to artists for an online exhibition during the month of April 2021. Both 2D and 3D artists are invited to submit their best works – any media are acceptable. The artwork can range from realism to surrealism to abstraction and artists, regardless of location or experience, are encouraged to participate. Please send a good quality photo of your work, the title, price, medium, size and price of the work. There are no limits to the number of pieces submitted. Deadline to apply – March 20th, 2021.

“A Gift for Mom” Mother’s Day Show and Sale – April 25th – May 9th
This show will take place on the Facebook Group Page – Oxford Creative Makers’ Market. All posts must fit a Mother’s Day theme or be suitable as a Mother’s Day gift during this period of time.

Art in the Park – Victoria Park, Woodstock – July 2021 – Date TBD, Covid permitting.
This outdoor art show will be the fourth annual show and sale. There will be live music and activities. Details will be released when I hear more from the City of Woodstock. They are hoping to hold live events, but this has not been confirmed.

Small Wonders, Big Talent Juried Art Show – September 10th – October 31st, 2021 (Opening Reception September 10th, 7:00 pm – Covid permitting)
All works must be 12 x 14 max including the frame. This show will take place in the Pratt Gallery at Annandale National Historic Site and online using the OCCI Virtual Art Gallery. You may submit up to 10 pieces each.

Oxford Creative Christmas Market – November 1 – December 24th, 2021 Facebook – Oxford Creative Christmas Market. OCCI started this online Facebook Market for you to show and sell art suitable as Christmas gifts in November of 2020. This is a great place to get feedback on your works from the general public and other artists. It is also a great place to sell your art. This was a very popular show in 2020 and we hope to grow it even more next year.

Oxford Creates 15th Annual Arts Expo – Date to be determined
We will be offering an online version of this show for sure and hopefully an in-person show as well. I am waiting to hear back from South Gate regarding dates.
This show has its own website with individual artists’ pages. You can place an unlimited number of pieces in the online version of this show. Hopefully, by September, I will be able to tell you if we are having an in-person show or just a virtual show. You can visit the online version if you would like to see the show. https://oxfordcreates.ca/

OCCI Courses
Business Courses – 1st Quarter 2021

I have been working with the Woodstock and Area Small Business Enterprise Centre to create business and social media courses specifically for creative people. I will have more information about these courses in a couple of weeks.

OCCI Website
OCCI is in the process of building a new website. We should have it completed in about two weeks. It will have a similar look to the old site but it will have lots of upgrades. The main change will be to the Members Directory pages. The old template was hard for the artists to use when updating their individual pages. On the new site, we will be using the same software that was used on the Oxford Creates site. For those of you who participated in the Oxford Creates Show, your pages have been automatically moved to the new site. For those of you who did not participate, I will need you to send me the following information as soon as possible so I can load your pages.

· 10 good quality photos of your work (you will be able to add as many photos as you like once I give you the password)

· A good quality head shot of you.

· Short bio or statement about your work – 3 or 4 sentences only

· Full address

· Phone number

· Facebook Link, Instagram and Twitter Link

· Email address

· Website address

I will be creating pages for all of the members soon. If you receive an email to change a password, please ignore it for now. I will notify you when you can change it. If you change it, I will not be able to create your page.