Delivering Sunshine
By: Sally Fronk

Sally has been an Oxford resident for 12 years and is a former art teacher. She has participated in the Picket Fence project for many years, and volunteers with a number of local organizations.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of the Mid-Shore advocates for children under court protection due to serious risk factors, such as abuse, neglect, abandonment, or chronic truancy, to ensure their right to thrive in a safe, permanent home.

Burgees
By: Pasquale DiLulio

Since moving to the Eastern Shore Pasquale has been avidly pursuing his interest in drawing and painting and is active with the St Michael’s Art League and docents at the Academy Art Museum.

The Oxford Fire Department is an all-volunteer organization and the OVFD Auxiliary holds many fund-raising events to assist with the purchase of equipment, training, and on-going operations, including bake sales, rummage sales and antique shows.

Sea Turtle
By: Mary Ford

Mary Ford’s paintings are inspired by the natural world, with an expressionistic twist. Her fascination with entomology, natural history, and the inter-connectedness of life is apparent in her work. After almost 40 years as a graphic designer in San Francisco, Mary returned to Easton where she grew up and her family still lives. Mary joined the Working Artists Forum in 2018.

http://www.maryhford.com/

The Oxford Community Center is celebrating 40 years since its conversion from a school building to a community center committed to fostering educational, cultural, recreational, and social opportunities for residents and visitors to Oxford and Talbot County.

Lazy Daze of Summer
By: Sue Betz

Sue Betz is a member of the Oxford Garden Club and creatively combines her love of gardening, Ikebana, and art. She works in both watercolors and acrylics.

The Oxford Garden Club works to promote gardening and floral design, participates in civic projects to conserve, and beautify the community and actively supports conservation. The club maintains the gardens at The Oxford Community Center, Oxford Museum and Oxford Library. The Blue Star memorial in Town Park was a gift from the club and is the site of annual Memorial Day ceremonies sponsored by the club.

Into The Blue
By: Stephen Walker and Maire McArdle

Stephen and Maire are a husband-and-wife team, active in the arts community and collaborate on projects and workshops together through Square House Studio.

Stephen is a national award-winning artist who has exhibited his oil paintings, pastels, serigraphs, and human figure bronze sculptures for over 35 years. He is an active member of the Working Artists Forum, St. Michaels Art League, and the American Society of Marine Artists.

Maire is the founding design director of Bethesda Magazine and Arlington Magazine, and has launched, redesigned or art directed over 250 publications throughout her career.

https://www.squarehousestudio.com/

For All Seasons is the only non-profit Behavioral Health and Rape Crisis Center serving the five counties of Maryland’s Mid Shore. For All Seasons behavioral health team includes trauma-certified therapists and psychiatrists who collaborate with other community partners and health professionals to provide the highest quality care.

What Does This Say?
By: Meryl Nolan

Meryl is a retired interior designer and enjoys creative art projects and gardening. She is an active member of the OVFD Auxiliary.

The Oxford Fire Department is an all-volunteer organization and the OVFD Auxiliary holds many fund-raising events to assist with the purchase of equipment, training, and on-going operations – including bake sales, rummage sales and antique shows.

Fox and Hare: Oxford Friends
By: Louisa Zendt

Louisa is a former school administrator who took up painting in her retirement. She has always admired the talent and whimsy depicted on the Picket Fences and is happy to participate for the 2nd time.

The Oxford Museum is an all-volunteer organization, preserving and sharing the rich history of Oxford. From October 29 through December 16 the Museum will present Special Exhibit Crossroads: Changes in Rural America, an exhibit from the Smithsonian Museum on Main Street program.

Gimme Shelter
By: Jenn Schmidt

Jenn describes herself as a Dog and House Sitter, and Adventurer. She strives to create high-quality and whimsical pieces with her art.

https://www.jennschmidt.net/

Talbot Interfaith Shelter is dedicated to ending homeless ness on the Mid-shore by providing shelter, stability, support, and a path to success for families and individuals in need.

Nautilus
By: Mary Ford

Mary’s paintings are inspired by the natural world, with an expressionistic twist. Her fascination with entomology, natural history, and the inter-connectedness of life is apparent in her work. After almost 40 years as a graphic designer in San Francisco, Mary returned to Easton where she grew up and her family still lives. Mary joined the Working Artists Forum in 2018

http://www.maryhford.com/

Minorities in Aquaculture’s goal is to educate women of color on the environmental benefits of aquaculture and support them as they launch and sustain their careers in the field, growing the seafood industry and creating an empowering space for women along the way.

Indie Fence of Glass
By: Sheryl Southwick

Sheryl is an award-winning artist known for her paintings and collages. Since she moved to Easton from her native Louisiana in 1987, she has been part of the arts and teaching artists communities. She is the Arts Enrichment teacher for the Multicultural Resource Center, and for students in first through fifth grade. She serves as Education and Exhibitions Assistant for the Academy Art Museum.

https://www.sherylsouthwick.com/

The Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center empowers people from diverse cultures to become successful and engaged members of our community.

Party in the Park
By: Cherry Dearie

Cherry has lived in Easton for the past 12 years and has done previous Picket Fences for OBA. In addition to painting, Cherry volunteers for CASA and sings with Easton Choral Arts.

Talbot Humane, currently celebrating 90 years of service, provides a safe and healthy environment for unwanted animals; places animals in good homes; protects all animals from cruelty and neglect; and provides spay/neuter and educational services.

Octopus’s Garden
By: Maggii Sarfaty

Maggii has been a life-long artis, painting murals on the shore for over 25 years. She how concentrates on fine art, painting in oil and watercolor. In addition to painting, Maggii works on set-design and crafts.

https://www.maggiisarfaty.com/

ShoreRivers protects and restores Eastern Shore waterways through science-based advocacy, restoration, and education.

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Oxford Picket Fences 2022 Benefit Local Organizations

Oxford, MD – Since 2007, the Oxford Business Association’s (OBA) fall auction of these beautiful painted picket fences has been a highly anticipated event. Local artists from Oxford, Easton and St. Michaels have volunteered their time, talents, and creativity to produce colorful painted scenes on a 4-picket section of the iconic Oxford Fence representing Eastern Shore Life. These works of art will be auctioned, with all proceeds going to local charities and nonprofits. The fences are on display throughout the town of Oxford for the entire summer, late April through mid-September. This project is meant to invite everyone to explore Oxford and its unique shops and restaurants, while allowing OBA to give back. For many years the OBA has supported area charities and nonprofits, and this year there are 11 partner organizations, and 12 fences (2 for the Oxford Volunteer Fire Co.) Each is represented by an artist and the auction proceeds for each fence will go to the represented organization.

Visitors and locals alike are encouraged to come stroll the shady streets of Oxford and discover these little gems on display. In 2020 Covid made it necessary to adjust plans and have a combined on-line and live auction. This year, the fully in person auction is back! On September 24 all the fences will be on display at the Oxford Community Center for a reception and live auction. The OCC auditorium is usually full of people vying for a chance to take one of these one-of-a-kind pieces of art home. In addition to being on display in Oxford for the summer, the Picket Fences will be promoted online at https://portofoxford.com/  Anyone unable to attend will also be able to leave a proxy ‘left-bid’ on the website.

This year participating artists, and the organization that will receive the proceeds of their fence sale are: Sally Fronk – CASA of the Mid-Shore; Sheryl Southwick – Chesapeake Multi-Cultural Resource Center, Maire McArdle and Steven Walker – For All Seasons Behavioral Health & Rape Crisis Center, Mary Ford(2 fences) – Oxford Community Center and Minorities in Aquaculture, Sue Betz – Oxford Garden Club, Louisa Zendt – Oxford Museum; Maggii Sarfaty – Shore Rivers; Cherry Dearie – Talbot Humane Society; Jenn Schmidt – Talbot Interfaith Shelter, Meryl Nolan and Pasquale DiLiulio – both for Oxford Fire Department.

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 Sandaway Suites and Beach, Mystery Loves Company Booksellers , Oxford-Bellevue Ferry  and The Oxford Community Center.  Visit www.portofoxford.com for more information.