The Icehouse Gallery is holding an exhibit of work by local ceramic artists through Saturday, March 17. The short exhibit was arranged to coincide with the pottery classes that have become hugely popular at the Icehouse over the past eight months. The exhibit includes works by Wayne Bates, a professional ceramist who lives in Murray adjacent to his “121 Gallery,” Wayne Stebbins of “Two Creeks Pottery” in Mayfield, Josh Riley who has been conducting our recent pottery classes at the Icehouse, Michael Ramsey, ceramics teacher at Paducah School of Art and Design and one of the founding Board members at the Mayfield Art Guild, Juanita Guilliam, well-known art teacher in Paducah, Lee Trickey of Production Limited Ceramics in Paducah and Rita Park who resides in Brookport. Stebbins and Ramsey will both be at the Icehouse on Saturday, March 10 to discuss pottery-making techniques at a short reception from 10am until 1pm; light refreshments will be offered.
One purpose of the brief exhibition is to gauge local interest in pottery among the Mayfield community. The Icehouse has been considering having a pottery festival in early spring each year similar to the gourd festival in September. The pottery festival would be arranged like the gourd festival with vendors selling mostly handmade art-related items. Potters and other ceramic artists would be invited to demonstrate their craft from booths set up around the Icehouse grounds. Food trucks, live music and children’s events would round out the festival offerings.
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.