Oxford bus shelters feature artwork of local artists

OXFORD, Miss. — The City of Oxford put a unique spin on an art show by making use of the shelters at bus stops to showcase the art of local artists.

The city is planning 8 different installations around Oxford, the first of which has already been installed and carries a message of masking up.

According to the city, “The Shelter Show” is meant to do one thing and that is to make you smile.

The first artist has already got a show up at the bus stop off of Bramlett Boulevard in Oxford. It’s a group of kids book characters by local artist and children’s book illustrator and author Sarah Frances Hardy. The Message is ’Mask Up.’

“I think we got to stay vigilant during this fall so anything the Oxford and Lafayette County group could do to encourage us to continue to ask up is wise,” said Oxford’s Billy Crews.

Crews said he knows the artist and it is an especially important message and a cool way to get it out.

“It will keep us safe and healthy as we have an influx of students into the town,” said Crews. “It’s important that we all stay masked.”

There will be shows at 8 different bust stops around the city. The artists donated the work to the community free of charge. “The Shelter Show” only cost the city money for what they were printed on, thanks to the generosity of the artists.

City leaders said Oxford is known for its culture and there is no better way to promote the town.

“So yeah, a public transit system. We have one here and it’s a lot of local stops and it’s part of the culture we need to promote,” said Crews.