A collection of works by members of the Nelson family of Mayfield is on display at the Icehouse until June 23rd. The exhibition features works by Ralph and Helen Ernestine Nelson and their eight children along with works by several of the Nelson’s grandchildren. Notable works include sculpture by Al Nelson, known internationally for his stone works carved at his studio in Louisville, and original dolls by Martha Nelson Thomas, the dollmaker who originally conceived the soft doll idea for what became the line of popular “Cabbage Patch” dolls. The show also includes photography by Art Guild member April McCormack.
A reception for the exhibit will be held concurrently with the Laurel Oak Garden Tour from 10am until 2pm on Saturday, June 2. Natural flower arrangements will be provided by Ernie Nelson, owner of King’s Flowers and Antiques and member of the exhibiting family. The arrangements will be available for sale to visitors of the Garden Tour and may be picked up at the conclusion of the Tour at 2pm. This is the first time the gardens at the Icehouse will be part of the Laurel Oak Garden Tour. The gardens are maintained by the members of the Club.
Admission to the Gallery is always free and the reception is open to the public. The Laurel Oak Garden Club is selling tickets for the remainder of the Tour, Plant Sale and Luncheon. Click here for information on the Garden Tour.
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 Tuesday, June 19 through Tuesday, June 26. 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. A reception for the exhibition will be held 5-7pm on Friday, June 29. Light refreshments will be served and the public is cordially invited to attend. The exhibition concludes on Saturday, July 21. Artwork must be picked up from Tuesday, July 24 through Saturday, July 28.
Bring in artwork: Tuesday, June 19 - Tuesday, June 26
Opening reception: 5-7pm, Friday, June 29
Exhibition dates: Friday, June 29 - Saturday, July 21
Pickup artwork: Tuesday, July 24 - Saturday, July 28
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 are being offered through the Icehouse. It is 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 had the opportunity to pay tribute to this internationally-recognized wildlife artist at a reception on May 5.
Click on the image above to see more of Mel's works for sale...
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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.