FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 3, 2023
Oxford Picket Fence Auction
Oxford, MD – This year’s iconic, one-of-a-kind Picket Fences have been on display throughout Oxford all summer and soon it will be time to sell them at auction to raise funds for Talbot County nonprofits. The Oxford Business Association has been sponsoring this event since 2007 to give back to the community that they love and that supports their businesses throughout the year.
This year there are 14 fences, all designed and painted by local artists who volunteer their time and talents for this worthy cause. Six of the artists are new to the project this year. Each of the participating organization will receive the full hammer price of their fence to support the good work they do. This year the organizations and associated artists are: Brookletts Senior Center – Diana Evans, CASA of the Mid-Shore – Sally Fronk, For All Seasons Behavioral Health and Rape Crisis Center – Stephen Walker, John Wesley Preservation Society and Museum – Louisa Zendt, Oxford Community Center – Pasquale DiIulio, Oxford Volunteer Fire Dept -Diane Araps, Oxford Fire Department Auxiliary – Martha Cole, Oxford Museum – John Tochko, Shore Rivers – Maggii Sarfaty, Sts. Peter and Paul School (2 fences) – Erin Zimmerman, Jacqui Gosselin & student Ashley Reinoehl), Talbot Humane Society – Mark Montoya, Talbot Interfaith Shelter – Jen Schmidt, and Waters Methodist Church – Diana Evans
The fences will remain on display throughout Oxford until September 3, so come for a leisurely stroll to see them and visit Oxford’s unique shops and restaurants…and don’t forget the ice cream! Information on each fence, and a location map can be found at OBA member businesses or at https://portofoxford.com/. Anyone unable to attend will be able to leave a proxy ‘left-bid’ on the website.
The auction will take place on September 9th at the Oxford Community Center. Guest auctioneers will be Brian Wells and Scott Prisco. Come at 5 PM to view the fences and pick your favorite while enjoying light hors d’oeuvres and cocktails prior to the auction. One of the fences will look fantastic in your garden, on your porch or even in your house! Many of the fences have artwork on both sides, so the successful bidder will get two original works of beautiful art!
The Oxford Business Association works to promote the town of Oxford and to provide a positive business environment for its members to achieve cultural, civic, economic, and business goals and contribute to the prosperity and vitality of the Oxford community. Additional sponsors include the Oxford-Bellevue Ferry, Brinsfield Fence Co., Oxford Inn & Pope’s Tavern, and the Oxford Community Center. Visit www.portofoxford.com for more information.