"'Tis the Wind and Nothing More" by Roxanne Ferguson
"Bound to Your Environment" by Jason Hargrove
"The Grinder" by Ben Walker
"Sheena" by Tommy Fletcher
"Doug's Hands" by Amy Harris
"Dry Well" by Casey McClure
"Leap Frog" by Kathryn Harper
Impressions 2017 opened with a very well-attended reception Friday evening, November 17. The crowd was entertained by Ian Bastida and Barbie Bastida performing seasonal and classical compositions on violin and cello. Refreshments were provided by Natalie Higdon with help from Gloria Galloway, Elizabeth Miller Riley, Anita Granier, Doris Locklier, Tyea Hoffman, Mary Helen Boyd, Betty Whitlow and Elaine Simmons with special help from Angela and Bill Higdon.
CFSB in Benton (and soon to be in Mayfield) provided a generous sponsorship that went to Best of Show winner Sheryl Triplett for a large oil painting entitled “The Treasure.” First Place in the Painting category and a $100 cash award sponsored by the City of Mayfield went to Jason Stout of Martin, TN for “Consumption Nation Boom!” Second Place and $50 went to John McLaren for his painting entitled “Becky.” The $100 First Place award in the Sculpture category sponsored by Guild member Barbara Heath went to Brent McKinney for “Stone Eater.” The $50 Second Place award went to Bill Douglas for his exquisite bronze buffalo group entitled “Early Snow.” Mayfield Graves Tourism Commission’s $100 award for First Place in Mixed Media went to Roxanne Ferguson for her quilt wall hanging entitled “’Tis the Wind and Nothing More” based on the poem by Edgar Allan Poe. Second Place and $50 went to Jason Hargrove’s large contemporary composition entitled “Bound to Your Environment.” First Place in the Drawing category and $100 provided by original Guild founder Mary Jackson Haugen went to Ben Walker for his exceptional pen and pencil drawing entitled “The Grinder.” Second Place and $50 went to Tommy Fletcher for his pastel drawing entitled “Sheena.” C-Plant Federal Credit Union provided the $100 cash award for First Place in the Photography category that went to Paducah artist Amy Harris for her work entitled “Doug’s Hands.” Casey McClure received the $50 Second Place award for “Dry Well.” The annual Best Botanical award sponsored by the Laurel Oak Garden Club, a $50 sponsored award that has become a tradition in the Impressions exhibition went to newest Guild member Kathryn Harper from Cadiz for “Leap Frog.”
Juror for this year’s show was Jennifer Fairbanks, artist and gallerist from Murray. Jennifer is a distinguished painter in still life, portraiture and landscape painting and is one of the nation’s finest artists. She taught art classes at the Icehouse years ago before establishing her own studio at 109 North 3rd in Murray. We are honored to have had her assist us with this year’s exhibition.
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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.