Members of the Graves County Piecemakers Quilt Group front row: (l-r) Terry Burnett, Linda Wallace, Lindsay Luciano, Carol Ray and Brenda Thomasson. back row: (l-r) Fran McEachern, Marsha Millikan, Francis D. Miller and Mary Helen Boyd.
An exhibit of quilts by members of the Graves County Piecemakers Group is now on display at Mayfield’s Icehouse Gallery. What has become an annual event at the Icehouse, the Piecemakers Quilt Show coincides with the spring exhibit at the American Quilter’s Society in Paducah. Formed in 1989 by Frances Stone of Mayfield, the group now has more than two dozen members who meet regularly to share ideas and techniques, and to create challenging projects for all of its participating artists.
The current exhibit is made up of 52 quilts by various members of the group, along with eight special quilted dolls constructed by local quilter Cheryl Slaughter. The exhibit features large works by Slaughter along with quilts by Fran McEachern of Mayfield, Lou Ann Philpot, a nationally-recognized quilter from Murray, Phyllis D. Miller, well-known author of several quilting textbooks from Murray, and Roxanne Ferguson, a Mayfield quilter known for her extraordinary works that often feature hand-dyed fabrics.
Debuting in the exhibit is this year’s raffle quilt by Fran McEachern, an 86X79 inch “log cabin” design patterned after a style called “Sunshine and Shadow” by Martha Tribble Hieatt from Henry County, Kentucky that dates from about 1875. This is yet another of McEachern’s beautiful quilts donated to benefit the operation of the Icehouse Gallery and the Mayfield/Graves County Art Guild. Raffle tickets will be sold for $1 each at the Icehouse or online by PayPal at http://icehousearts.org/quiltraffle.html through November 17 at which time the name of the winner will be drawn at the reception for the annual Impression’s Exhibit.
The Piecemakers Quilt Show will be on display at the Icehouse through Saturday, April 29. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 10am until 5pm and Saturday 10am-1pm. The Gallery will be have special hours of 9am-5pm from Monday, April 24 through Saturday, April 29 to coincide with Quilt Week at the AQS Museum in Paducah. During this last week of the Piecemakers Show, members of the group will be on hand to discuss their work and to share ideas and techniques. A Quilting Bazaar will also be held that week featuring fabric and tools used by quilting artists. Proceeds from the Bazaar will be donated to the Icehouse by the quilters.
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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 5 until 7pm 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.