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.
Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art
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
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
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