Impressions 2017 will open with a reception from 5 until 7pm on Friday, November 17, at the Icehouse Gallery in Mayfield. The works will remain on display through December 16.
During the reception, light refreshments will served, and Ian and Barbie Bastida will be playing holiday selections as a violin/cello duet. There is still plenty of time to purchase tickets for Fran McEachern’s handmade quilt that will remain on display in the gallery until November 17. The winning ticket will be drawn during the reception.
Director Ric Watson told me that this is their biggest annual event, and it will close out a very good year at the Icehouse. “The exhibition was open to everyone - members and non-members,” Watson said. “It gives artists an opportunity to compete for cash prizes. We receive works from our regular contributors, but the show also brings in new artists whose works we may not have seen. For that reason the Impressions exhibition is always a treat to participants and visitors to the gallery.”
“The exhibition is also a highly anticipated event. It gives all of the Guild members and fellow artists from Paducah, Murray, and the surrounding communities, one last opportunity to meet and socialize before the Christmas season. And finally, it serves as an 'art fair' that offers original artwork to the community at reasonable prices in advance of the holiday season. The gallery routinely sells eight to ten works every year at the Impressions shows.”
Works exhibited will be original and have been completed during the past three years. A $200 cash award will be given for the artwork selected as “Best of Show.” Cash awards of $100 for first place and $50 for second place will be given in each of the five categories: Painting, Photography, Drawing, Mixed Media including fiber arts, and Sculpture. Honorable mention awards may be given at the discretion of the juror.
This is a competitive show and not all work submitted will be displayed. Approximately half of the entries to the show will be selected to be displayed. Works that are not included in the exhibit can be picked up on the night of the opening reception. Winners will not be announced until reception night.
Juror for this year’s exhibition will be Jennifer Fairbanks from Murray. Jennifer is a working artist, art teacher and gallerist. She holds an M.A. from New York University in Art Therapy and is a member of the Art Students League and the National Academy of Design, both in NYC. She has long been associated with our Art Guild and we are pleased that she has agreed to help with our show.
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 am until 5 pm Tuesday through Friday and 10 am until 1 pm on Saturday. Admission to the gallery is always free.
Call 270.247.6971 for more information.