The annual All About Gourds juried art exhibit opened on September 16. The opening of the exhibit coincides with the Gourd Festival at the Icehouse Gallery ion Mayfield that is held every third Saturday in September. Local artists along with artists from as far away as Bowling Green and Denver submitted works made primarily from gourds in the fourteenth edition of this event.
The Best of Show award went to Murray artist Jackie Thurman for her gourd turtle entitled "Beneath the Sea." Thurman received a $200 cash price along with the award. First Place award and $100 went to by Paul R. Buhrmester of Bowling Green for his wall piece entitled "Escutcheon 1." Second Place and a $75 cash prize went to Kathleen Sherman of Denver, Colorado for a highly bejeweled camel sculpture called "Al Bikra." Finally, Third Place and $50 went to Murray artist Diane Daubert for a hummingbird tableau entitled “Sweet Nectar.” An Honorable Mention award went to Adra Jones from Metropolis and also to Kathleen Sherman, her second award of the exhibition.
Juror for the exhibition was Justine Riley of Mayfield. Riley is a graduate of Murray State University with a BFA. She is also a recent recipient of the Kentucky Arts Council's coveted Emerging Artists Award, a non-restricted grant to pursue her studies in the fine arts. She and husband Josh are longtime members of the Mayfield/Graves County Art Guild and they both offer classes through the Icehouse.
"Beneath the Sea" by Jackie Thurman (Best of Show) NFS
"Escutcheon 1" by Paul R. Buhrmester (First Place) Sold
"Al Bikra" by Kathleen Sherman (Second Place) $185
"Sweet Nectar" by Diane Daubert (Third Place) $500
Continues Through September
Mel Garbark Estate Art Sale
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When Mel Garbark passed away last year there were 90 completed works of art remaining in his studio. Thanks to his daughter Gale Dillon, the representative for his estate, these will be offered through the Icehouse in a special exhibit from May 5 through June 3. It will be an honor for us to stage this event since Mel was such a good friend to the Guild and to many artists throughout the region. We will have the opportunity to pay tribute to this internationally-recognized wildlife artist at a reception to open the exhibit that will be held from 6 until 8pm on Friday, May 5. A page will be set up on our website at icehousearts.org to display the most significant of these works.
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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.