“Impressions 2015” opened at the Icehouse Gallery on November 20 and will run through December 19. This is the Gallery’s annual juried exhibition that attracts artists from throughout the five-state region. A total of 107 artwork pieces were submitted by 54 artists; 67 works were selected to be displayed. The exhibition opened to a very large crowd of art patrons at a reception on Friday night, November 20. The “Best of Show” award sponsored by the City of Mayfield went to Judy Hobbs for her quilt piece entitled “Cherry Blossom Dreams.” David Carrico won in the Painting category with his large oil on canvas work entitled “The Pear Shed.” Clay Palmer won in the Drawing category for his “Work Makes Us Free.” Tina Sexton’s “Gotta Fly” won top prize in Photography. A collage work entitled “Ms. Emma Jean” by longtime Art Guild member Eva King won in the Mixed Media category. The top prize in Sculpture sponsored by Guild founding director Mary Jackson Haugen went to Terry Goatley for his metal work entitled “Penelope Peacock.” The Best of Show award paid $200 cash. First Place winners in each of the five categories received $100; $50 went to Second Place winners. Juror for the exhibition was Diane Shaw, Professor of Art at UT-Martin.
The exhibition will end on Saturday, December 19. Artists will need to pick up their work from Tuesday, December 22 through Wednesday, December 30. The Gallery will close at 3:00pm on Christmas Eve and will be closed New Year’s Eve.
Best of Show
"Cherry Blossom Dreams" by Judy Hobbs
award sponsored by
City of Mayfield
First Place: "The Pear Shed" by David O. Carrico
Mayfield/Gravers County Art Guild
Second Place: "Birth of a Nazi" by Alex Tatjana
Howard Happy & Company
First Place: "Work Makes Us Free" by Clay Palmer
Youngblood's RV Center
King's Flower Shop
Second Place: "Repose" by Tommy Fletcher
Mayfield Garden District Project
First Place: "Gotta Fly" by Tina Sexton
Marshall County Photography Club
Mary Helen Boyd
Second Place: "Rail Bridge" by Phil Burt
First Place: "Ms. Emma Jean" by Eva King
Big Blue Nation, LLC
Second Place: "Geological Time" by Lane Last
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Reed
First Place: "Penelope Peacock" by Terry Goatley
Mary Jackson Haugen
Second Place: "Wood Spirit" by Joe Cunningham
Laurel Oak Garden Club
"Caffeine Neutral" by Rachel Melton
"Awaiting" by Tommy Fletcher
"Walk With Me" by Beth Crocker
The work that was submitted for this year’s exhibition was impressive to say the least.I congratulate everyone who entered their fine work.It was very difficult to choose the works to include in the show, and especially hard to name the recipients of the awards.
With regard to how I made my decisions, I look for ‘feeling’ in artwork.The work must arrest my attention and hold it for a length of time. The artist who is willing to experiment with his or her tools and techniques, as well as possess a refined skill in that chosen discipline is particularly important.I look for things such as the attention to the play of light because light defines all form.I look for the willingness to explore venues of abstraction because that tells me the artist is aware of the art elements and principles and feels comfortable in exploring them.And, I look for a creative eye to see possibilities for turning something commonplace into something new and extraordinary.
I thank the Ice House Gallery for this opportunity. It was an honor to serve as the juror for this year’s “Impressions” exhibition.
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The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, provides operating support to the Mayfield/Graves County Art Guild with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.