Martin-Lett Gallery of Art

The Martin – Lett Gallery, named for two founding members of the Oxford Arts Council, opened in July 2014. The gallery, located off the main lobby, exhibits different displays throughout the year. Artists may be local or may be represented by out-of-state galleries. Most art is for sale.

Gallery exhibits help to support the visual arts and expose our audiences to new artists. The Martin – Lett Gallery is an educational and entertaining extension of the arts offered at our venue.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and during all OPAC events.


Current Exhibition:

Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art

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What would you create from a blank canvas? What if that blank canvas was once a piece of trash? Beginning in 2008, Ken Marquis, artist and founder of Pennsylvania-based nonprofit Landfillart, Inc., solicited more than 1,000 artists from around the world to create and donate works of art made from discarded automobile hubcaps. The collection now numbers more than 900 transformed hubcaps, created by professional artists hailing from every U.S. state and 52 countries.

Originating from the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, and adapted for travel by ExhibitsUSA, Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Artfeatures thirty-five works from Landfillart’s collection—some wall-based and some pedestal-based. The exhibition encourages viewers to think of artists not only as creators, but as creative problem solvers. Objects range in size from one hubcap to a series of objects; some are kinetic and incorporate sound; while others directly reference specific environmental issues. In some cases, the artist responded to the hubcap formally, by focusing on design elements like color, line, shape, and texture in humorous or fanciful ways.

Visitors will experience such works as David Medley’s Hidden Treasures, which is accompanied by a small video monitor showing its sound and motion; or Red Baron by Danish artist Rick Dethlefsen, which re-imagines the Mercedes-Benz symbol as the propeller of a biplane flying directly at the viewer. Other works will showcase great artfulness, including Ireland-born Noel Molloy’s King, Queen and Fool, a three-part, highly polished sculptural work that resembles finely crafted jewelry; or South Africa-based Viv King’s Ndebele Inspiration, a carefully beaded and geometrically patterned design. Questions about the environmental impact of automobiles are raised by Witness, a work by Marla McLean of Maryland, which uses a reflective surface to remind viewers of our involvement with the ecosystem.

Second Time Around inspires viewers to reflect on the role of consumption in American culture and stimulates creative thinking about ways to re-use and recycle. Intriguing to viewers of all ages, the varying objects in the show will foster opportunities for intergenerational connections. In addition, the exhibition offers host venues many ways to engage local audiences through imaginative programming—from partnering with a regional organization that manages waste ecologically to hosting a lecture by an automobile expert to planning a recycling and green energy fair.

Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art is curated by Dana Hand Evans, executive director at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester, VA; in partnership with a curatorial team from Marywood University, Scranton, PA, and a professor of environmental studies at Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA.


 

Martin - Lett Gallery of Art Board Members

  • Anita Ambrister
  • Jane Hamric Batey
  • Marilyn Lipscomb Clark - Chair
  • Bill Dempsey
  • Hunter C. Gentry - OPAC Liaison
  • Crystal Hancock
  • Jerry Marks
  • Cindy Lett Williams

Past Exhibitions

 

July 2014    J.J. L’Heureaux                                                                     

October 2014    Charles Remington: Hawaiian Quilts                                                 

November 2014    The Art of Jerry Marks                                                   

February 2015    Oxford: At the Crossroads of History                                                          

June 2015    Into the Woods by JSU Students                                                      

July 2015    Chy Rose Arts by Lynn C. Phillips                                                  

October 2015    From the Back Yard to the Tropics by Larry K. Martin                  

April 2016    The Art of Lothar “Jack” Hadder                                          

August 2016    Cast of Blues by Sharon McConnell-Dickerson                                                

November 2016    From the Artic to the Tropics by Larry K. Martin

March 2017       Sign of the Times: The Great American Political Poster

May 2017    Oxford City Schools Artwork                                

June 2017    The Art of Jerry Marks       

July 2017    The varied works of Sandy Sparks         

Upcoming Exhibitions

September 2017    Second Time Around: Hub Caps as Art

January 2018    The Varied Artworks of Dr. Arthur "Art" Bacon

March 2018    The Varied Artworks of Barbara Davis

May 2018    Oxford City Schools Artwork