The Mayfield Graves County Art Guild is bringing back its Critter Art Show for a second year and inviting local artists to showcase some of their favorite original animal-inspired artwork at its juried exhibit.
There will be five different categories of artwork in the exhibit: painting, drawing, quilt, photography, and 3D/mixed media. Prizes will be awarded for each category as well as a Best in Show prize, and a total of $950 will be awarded.
Artists of all ages may submit up to two entries. Mayfield Graves County Art Guild members’ entry fee is $10 per entry, while non-members pay $20 per entry.
Nominations can be submitted at City Hall on Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The show will run July 25-August 24 at City Hall, with a public awards reception scheduled for July 29 from 5-7 p.m. at City Hall.
“I’m really excited. We did it for the first time last year and it was a huge success. I anticipate it will be just as good this year,” Gunn said.
Normally, quilts would have been entered in the mixed media category, but Gunn said that with so many quilt entries from the 2021 Critter Art Show, it was decided to have a dedicated category for the quilting art form. , which is particularly suitable for the Quilt City. .
This exhibition is the second of three Mayfield Graves County Art Guild juried exhibitions to be held at Paducah City Hall this year. The Art Guild has already held the Religious Art Exhibition at City Hall in May and plans to hold its annual Impressions Art Exhibition at City Hall in November.
Gunn and the Mayfield Graves County Art Guild worked with various groups, including the Creative and Cultural Council of Paducah and the City of Paducah, last winter to find locations for the art guild to host exhibits this year.
The arts guild’s home base, the Ice House Gallery in downtown Mayfield, suffered heavy damage from the EF-4 tornado that tore through the town last December. This left the guild with no place to hold its juried exhibitions and no place for artists to come and create together for the public to see how their work is created.
With the juried shows moving to Paducah in the meantime, Gunn said the shows continue to attract new performers like previous years’ shows have.
Gunn said the Regions Bank of Mayfield on Paris Road recently offered the Mayfield Graves County Art Guild office space to use while it searches for space for a permanent home. The painters will be at the Regions Bank offices on Thursday to create live artwork for the community to view.
Additionally, the Mayfield Graves County Art Guild continues to raise funds for future projects, including a new permanent gallery. A link to a GoFundMe fundraiser for the artist group is available at icehousearts.org.
Gunn said the guild also raises funds at its annual Gourd Patch Arts Festival, which this year takes place on Sept. 17 at the Graves County Cooperative Extension.