When Friedrich Schiller wrote his "Ode to Joy" in 1785, he probably didn't imagine it would eventually be much more successful as the final choral movement of Beethoven's ninth symphony (also the composer's last). This year, the annual Oxford Gallery invitational exhibit is built around "Ode to Joy" as well, featuring the works of more than 50 artists who have interpreted the theme using paint, pencil, watercolor, and other media.
"Ode to Joy" continues through Saturday, June 16, at Oxford Gallery, 267 Oxford Street. is Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Free. 271-5885; oxfordgallery.com.