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iLove the Arts

Laurel Oak Garden Tour & Works by the Nelson Family is being held at the Icehouse Gallery in Mayfield this Saturday, June 2 The tour will feature five lovely Mayfield gardens. Simultaneously, the Icehouse Gallery will be hosting an opening reception for a collection of works by members of the Nelson family. iLove The Arts in all its wondrous forms!

Japanese Quilt Artists Who Influenced the World

Japan boasts some of the world’s most talented quilt artists, in the world, and quilters seek inspiration from their incredible art. An exhibit exclusive to The National Quilt Museum, “Japanese Quilt Artists Who Influenced the World,” demonstrates how renowned artists like Keiko Goke, Yoshika Katagiri, Suzoko Koseki, Shizuko Kuroha, Reiko Washizawa, and others, have elevated and innovated the art form.

“The artists featured in this exhibition have made quilts for a long time and have established their own style,” explained curator Naomi Ichikawa. “(The artists) express the Japanese aesthetic in various ways, through their design, coloring, workmanship and ethnic characteristics.”

The exhibit of 26 quilts runs through July 10 at the National Quilt Museum and will not be shown anywhere else in the United States.

Japan already had a long, rich textile tradition when American style quilting took off there in the 1980s. The pastime became popular in part due to the influence of the “Little House on the Prairie” television series.

Trailblazers like Shizuko Kuroha, who took up quilting while living in the States in the 70s, also helped introduce the art form to their native country.

Quilting soon became popular, and it remains so: An estimated three million quilters live in Japan, and 250,000 people visit the annual Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival - the largest quilt show in the world. 

Japanese quilts are known for their craftsmanship, and quilters there undergo rigorous, structured training. To become a recognized quilter, one must learn to quilt at an established school, attend meetings regularly, exhibit quilts annually and create a particular style of quilts advocated by the school. The Japan Handicraft Instructors’ Association provides certification for quilters.

Visitors to this exhibit will see how the island’s fabric arts traditions take new forms in its contemporary quilts. Leading quilt artist Yoko Saito uses neutral tones like taupe in “FAGELPIPA,” a piece that invites viewers to consider the nuances of each color. Indigo, or “Japan Blue,” also makes an appearance, building on a dyeing practice that began in the 8th century.

Japanese fabrics also come into play, as in Sachiko Yoshidi’s “Red and Violet,” inspired by an image that came to her after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. The piece uses crepe fabrics from children’s kimonos to express the idea of connectedness in a time of disaster.

Fans of both art quilts and traditional American quilt designs will appreciate the work of Keiko Goke, who’s known for her extraordinary, instinctive use of color. She uses irregular piecing, applique, embroidery and other embellishments in “My Double Wedding Ring” and “Flowers to Everyone’s Heart.”

Now it its 27th year, the National Quilt Museum works to honor today’s quilters by bringing their work audiences around the globe. Its rotating exhibits feature quilts from its own collection of more than 600 artifacts, as well as outstanding national and international touring collections.

The NQS is committed to educational outreach, and its programs annually attract more than 4,000 young people and adults. They have won the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years, making it one of the top tourist attractions by visitor review.

For a full schedule of upcoming exhibits, visit www.quiltmuseum.org/2018.

You’re invited to join family, faculty, students and friends on April 28, at 7 pm in the Graves County Schools’ Performing Arts Center for Curtain Call

The annual Curtain Call variety show and art exhibition is happening at Graves County High School (GCHS) this coming weekend. The school’s art gallery will be displaying the GCHS Senior Show. Any GCHS senior is allowed to submit art to the exhibit which showcases this year’s talented senior class. The Art 3 & 4 seniors arranged and hung the show themselves with very little assistance from their teacher Laura Cope.

“We have 16 seniors that are participating this year,” Cope told me. “While you can view the show at Curtain Call, we will also have a closing reception on May 4 from 4:30 - 6:00 pm.”

GCHS’ Chamber Orchestra will be performing as part of the concert.  You’ll be serenaded with well-known melodies such as, Can't Stop the Feeling (Justin Timberlake), I Wanna Be Like You (from the Disney movie, "The Jungle Book", and Happy (Pharrell). The school also boasts an Electric Rock Orchestra (ERO). They’ll be performing: Purple Haze (Jimi Hendrix) & Don't Stop Believing(Journey).

Dr. Laura Hill, teacher and Orchestra Director for GCHS, said the 2017-2018 season has been a huge success for the GCHS Orchestra program. “We led the region with four competitive orchestras - they all earned Distinguished Ratings at the West Kentucky Regional Orchestra Contest,” Hill told me. “We have an all-electric ensemble (ERO) that selected students have performed for various events including a home basketball game."

"We hosted our first ever ‘String Explosion’, where advanced elementary orchestra students spent an entire day working with our Chamber Orchestra learning new techniques and bridging the gap between elementary and advance playing skills."

"We also took the kids on a short tour to New York City where we earned international attention by performing at the United Nations Headquarters. Our Senior members are all College and Career Ready, and we are so excited to celebrate with them during their final PAC Season Event!”

The band will have three different groups performing on Curtain Call. The first is the GCHS Percussion Ensemble led by the Percussion Instructor, Shane Melvin. They will be performing a piece title Surfboard by Antonio Carlos Jobim. 

The second group is made up of the five members of the AP Music Theory class. As part of a final project they have transcribed The Last Rose of Summerfor their instruments. The piece will premier at the concert. 

Finally, Director of Bands, Richard Burchett, will be conducting the GCHS Jazz Band. This 22- member group will perform four songs. Summer Wind (Henry Mayer), which features senior Julianna Sims on vocals, Beach Bossa (Roy Phillippe) which features senior Barrett Mullins on Flugelhorn, Wipe Out (the Surfaris), and Ain't No Sunshine (Bill Withers).

The Jazz Band recently received a Distinguished rating, the highest rating, at the Murray State/Jamey Aebersold Jazz Festival.

Brittany Carver, the drama teacher at Graves County High School, has chosen three students to perform monologues and two students performing a scene from Romeo and Juliet.

“I'm particularly excited about my new Improv Group, Eagles on the Fly who  are making their Season Event debut,” Carver added.

The GCHS Choir program, under the direction of Ms. Makenzie Kauffman, is excited to present one of their most diverse concert sets yet at this year’s Curtain Call. They will feature Musical Theatre, featuring numbers such as One Day More(Les Miserables) and Seasons of Love (Rent). 

The Chamber Choir will present two pieces prepared for their Large Group Assessment, for which they received a distinguished rating this year. They have a few tricks up their sleeve for their final pieces, Come Sail Away in the style of Styx and a ‘fun, fun, fun’ Beach Boys’ Medley! 

“We hope to see you there as we show off the talent in these young performers!” Kauffman added.

Season Event Series tickets will be honored and additional reservations for seating can be made until April 27. All tickets are priced at $6 for adults and $3 for students.

It’s all at the PAC, located at the corner of Graves High nearest the intersection of the Purchase Parkway and Kentucky Highway 121.

To learn more or to reserve tickets, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone her at 270.970.3416.

The Murray Art Hop has been going for several years now and is always a fun evening filled with many different types of art. This event will be held on April 21 from 5-8 pm and all the locations are free to the public.

Locations are spread out and the best way to see all the art is to drive around or ride Murray Calloway County Transit. Two buses will be running a loop throughout the evening. You can jump on a bus at any beginning location of your choice.

This event is a partnership with Murray State University with the support of Town and Gown Partnership.

Seven Locations of Nine Exhibitions!

Murray Art Guild

At 500 North 4th Street you will find the Murray Art Guild. “Their current exhibition is a display of art from both Murray Middle School and Calloway Middle School,” explained Cindy Chrisman, current Murray Art Guild Board Member. “This exhibition of their student work includes lots of different types of art including photography and paintings.”

Gallery 109 & Fairbanks Studio

Located at 109 N 3rd Street, the gallery is owned by a local artist, Jennifer Fairbanks. During the Art Hop there will be a showcase of her recent work and her students' work.

18th Flamingo

The gallery is located at 113 South 4th Street. It will feature a selection of Corvette illustrations and paintings.

Calloway County Public Library

The library is at 710 Main Street. They will have a special exhibit for the Art Hop in their meeting room. You Be the Judge: Quilt Lovers of Murray Show. The library will also have live performances by a group called The String Stretchers.

Clara M Eagle Gallery

Their are several exhibitions located in the galleries of Murray State University. They are located in the Price Doyle Fine Arts building.
Visual Affinities is being presented at the Mary Ed Mecoy Hall Gallery
BFA/ B.A./B.S. Senior Exhibit will be located inside the Upper Gallery
Annual OMAS Juried Student Art Group Exhibition can be viewed in the Main Floor Eagle Gallery

Wrather West KY Museum

The Wrather West KY Museum is also located on MSU campus at North 16th Street and University Drive. Their current exhibition is called Visual Evidence 2018. It is a regional juried exhibition. There will be an awards presentation at 6pm the evening of the Art Hop.

Curris Center Gallery

On the first floor of the Curris Center at MSU is the Curris Center Gallery. Their senior exhibit this year is Bound by the F* Word. It show cases the work of senior Shelby Clark.

For more information, visit their Facebook page or their website at murrayartguild.org.

Murray Art Guild

The Murray Art Guild is a community visual arts non-profit. We are dedicated to promoting artistic growth through exhibitions, workshops and studios, community and educational events. We support fine artist and crafts people of all ages and abilities.

Town & Gown Partnership

The Murray State University Town & Gown Partnership enhances the quality of living and learning in our communities.It is an important and ongoing collaboration between community and campus. The Town & Gown Partners include leaders from Murray State University administration and student government, local and state government, education professionals, industry, small business, banking, and health care providers.

Town & Gown activities provide opportunities for dialogue on a variety of quality of life issues between leaders who might not otherwise engage one another on common issues. Town & Gown projects are funded by the university and membership fees and are selected to improve the quality of living and learning in Calloway County and our region.

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