The Icehouse Gallery had a record turnout for this year’s Impressions juried exhibition. Artists from throughout the region competed for cash awards in each of five categories. Best of Show award went to Clay Palmer, a BFA student at UT Martin, for his large contemporary piece entitled Aftermath of Gobitis. The first place award for painting went to Tommy Fletcher, retired art teacher at Heath High School, for his On Tap at JP’s. First place for Drawing went to Paducah artist Ben Walker for a stunning pen and ink work entitled The Grand Procession. This work was purchased by a collector in the first few minutes after the reception opened. Tina Sexton from Murray won first place for her photograph, Controlled Fire. First place for mixed media was awarded to Mayfield quilter Roxanne Ferguson for her Sacred Petroglyphs, a large jewel-toned piece made mostly from hand-dyed fabric. Roxanne’s work is frequently chosen for the annual exhibition at the American Quilter’s Society. First place for sculpture went to Brent McKinney of Lone Oak for his tall eagle work in limestone entitled Fight for the Egg. A special award was sponsored by the Laurel Oak Garden Club for the best floral-themed artwork; this year’s award went to Carol Couric Tribou for her watercolor work entitled Fall Treasure. A longtime member of the Mayfield Graves County Art Guild, Carol is one of the most prolific watercolor artists in the area; her work is on display at PAPA in Paducah, the Icehouse, and the Graves County Public Library.
Impressions is the longest running fundraising event for the Mayfield Graves County Art Guild and it’s Icehouse Gallery. Individuals and local businesses provide the sponsorship money for the cash awards. Participants of the show pay a small fee to have their work included. Juror for this year’s exhibition was Arlene Berry, a Mayfield collage artist whose work is in the permanent collection of the Owensboro Art Museum and many private collections throughout the region. Arlene is represented by Damselfly Gallery near Frankfort and by several local galleries in Paducah. Her artwork can be seen on her facebook page at Arlene Berry Mixed Media Art.
This is the most impressive display of artwork yet for this annual event. The exhibition will remain on display through Wednesday, December 28 so that area residents can bring their family to the Gallery during the holidays. Artists will retrieve their works from December 29 through 31. The Gallery and Gift Shop will be open from 10 until 1 on Christmas Eve for last-minute shopping. Admission to the Icehouse Gallery is always free.
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The Mayfield/Graves County Art Guild and our Icehouse Gallery are supported primarily by contributions from our membership and the corporate community. Nine percent of our operating budget comes from the City of Mayfield, Graves County Fiscal Court and the Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, which receives state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.