James Philip Dobson, who resided near Sedalia, Kentucky, was a respected artist and woodcarver who produced many nature drawings and a remarkable number of carvings of native waterfowl and birds. While he sold his work at regional art and craft fairs, as well as in Berea and Louisville, Dobson’s local friends, neighbors and relatives collected and commissioned his work.

Retrospective exhibitions were planned after Dobson’s death in August of 2017. These two shows, one at the Ice House Gallery in Mayfield and the other at The Murray Art Guild (MAG), are curated by MAG Executive Director Debi Henry Danielson and Eva F. King. The two shows will display works from the collections of Dobson’s friends and acquaintances. 

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The Icehouse Gallery will present “Songbirds, Waterfowl, an Owl and a Skink: Drawings and Woodcarvings by the Late James Philip Dobson.” The exhibit will feature wooded scenes and landscapes and over 30 carvings including shorebirds, a great blue heron, a fiercely imposing owl, a black-necked stilt as well as several songbirds, a turtle and a skink.

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Murray Art Guild Gallery’s exhibit, “Hand Carved Decoys by the Late James Philip Dobson: the James Gattis Collection,” will display 15-20 pairs of working decoys representative of indigenous ducks of the region such as bluebills, mallards, canvasbacks, ring-necks and hooded mergansers. They are among over 100 decoys that were commissioned and collected by James Gattis of Pilot Oak, over a period of nearly 15 years.

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The Icehouse Gallery, located at 120 North 8th Street, in Mayfield, held an opening reception on August 10, and the Murray Art Guild, 500 North 4th Street in Murray, will host a closing reception on August 24, from 5-7 p.m.  An exhibition catalog will be available at both venues.

Ice House Gallery

The Icehouse Gallery is located at 120 North 8th Street, one block north of Broadway and the Courthouse Square, in Mayfield. Regular hours are 10 am -5 pm Tuesday through Friday, and 10-1 on Saturday. Admission is always free. For more information, phone the gallery at 270.247.6971 or visit icehousearts.org

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The Murray Art Guild

The Murray Art Guild is a community based non-profit organization dedicated to supporting arts enrichment. The Guild was established in 1967 when several likeminded community members established a place where artists could create art, as well as exhibit and sell their work. Fifty years and several locations later, this goal is still key to their mission. They are located at 500 North Fourth Street, in Murray. Hours are Tuesday – Friday, 10 – 4 pm, Saturday 10am – 2rm. For more information, please call 270 753 4059 or visit This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.