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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 Icehouse Gallery in Mayfield is announcing a “Call to Artists” for this year’s Arts in the Community Exhibition. It is being named to honor the parents of two Guild members who have both been an asset to our organization. Carolyn Lofrano and husband Robert have been very generous benefactors since almost the beginning of our operations. Carolyn’s sister Marsha Munsell has also been a supporter of the Guild along with being a dear friend and fellow garden club member.
Sometimes the shortest distance between two points isn’t a straight line. Carolyn writes that her parents were never direct supporters of the Arts, but instead created a nurturing atmosphere that led the sisters to develop an interest in cultural events on their own. “When our piano teacher in Tucson would arrange to take a few students to cultural events, Mother and Dad would not only pay for us to go, but Mother would always go along to help chaperone.” Carolyn adds that she remembers her parents taking her to the Icehouse when it first opened, “an indication that they were very proud of Mayfield supporting such an endeavor.”
So it is in recognition of these wonderful parents, Marshall and Nell Galloway, and parents everywhere who nurture in their children a passion for the Arts that we present this year’s exhibition. This is the opportunity for everyone to exhibit work in the Gallery regardless of age or level of experience. We will display as much artwork as the Gallery will hold. Keep in mind that we’re a family-friendly gallery, however, and that works may be rejected if they are deemed obscene or offensive to our viewers. There is no entry fee and you need not be a member of the Art Guild to participate. Artwork may be priced for sale; the Gallery retains 30% of all sales so price your work accordingly. Works will be received from Saturday, July 1 through Saturday, July 8. Each artist may bring up to two works and they must be framed and must have a wire or clip on the back and be ready for hanging. We will accept 2D and 3D works; photography, paintings, drawings, watercolors, literary works and sculptures are all welcome, but you will need to contact the Gallery in advance if the sculpture you plan to submit is unusually large. At the conclusion of the show, artwork must be picked up from Saturday, September 2 thru Saturday, September 9.
A reception for the exhibition will be held 5-7pm on Friday, July 14. Light refreshments will be served and the public is cordially invited to attend. The Icehouse Gallery is located at 120 North 8th Street, one block north of Broadway and the courthouse square, in Mayfield, Kentucky. Hours are 10 until 5 Tuesday through Friday and 10 until 1 on Saturday. Admission to the Gallery is always free.
Bring in artwork: Saturday, July 1 - Saturday, July 8
Opening reception: 5-7pm, Friday, July 14
Exhibition dates: Friday, July 14 - Friday, Sept 1
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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.