Art sale aims to support new Mayfield art gallery


The original Ice House Gallery facility was destroyed in the tornado that came through Mayfield on Dec. 10, 2021. (Photo courtesy of IceHouseGallery on Facebook)

Raleigh Hightower, Lifestyle Editor

On the night of Dec. 10, 2021, the Mayfield Graves County Art Guild and the 26 years of service it provided the community faced a difficult challenge: the destruction of their Ice House Gallery.

The Ice House Gallery served as the home of the Mayfield Graves County Art Guild since 1995.  Hosting eight art shows each year, the Ice House was the  location for all the art guild’s programming.

After the tornado destroyed the Ice House Gallery, former Mayfield Graves County Art Guild Director Dana Heath donated two buildings from her father’s oil business. The art guild then faced the challenge of funding the renovation of these historic buildings.

In order to assist with the costs, the Murray Art Guild is calling for artwork submissions for the Night of 1,000 Drawings art sale. The proceeds will be given to the Ice House Gallery.

The Night of 1,000 drawings sale will be featured as part of the Art Hop event. The sale will take place on April 15.

Submissions are open to anyone who is interested. Submitted works can be any medium, so long as they are 5.5” by 8.5” or smaller. The artwork can be submitted at the Murray Art Guild until April 4.

The event’s location has not been finalized, but Murray Art Guild Executive Director Debi Danielson says she hopes to host the event on Murray’s court square.

The Art Hop event also features art exhibitions at Murray Art Guild, Murray Conventions and Visitors Bureau and the Clara M. Eagle Gallery.

Anyone interested in supporting the Ice House Gallery can do so in several different ways.

The Mayfield Graves County Art Guild has a GoFundMe established to support the building fund. Art is also available for purchase at Mayfield’s Regions Bank, where the guild is temporarily housed, and a raffle for a painting is being held. The painting also can be seen at the Regions Bank.

The painting raffle features the work of Jason Bailey who won Best in Show in the guild’s Impressions Art Show. The painting is titled “Under the Umbrellas.”

Those interested also can sign up for a class with the Mayfield Graves County Art Guild, or individuals and businesses have the option of sponsoring the new Ice House Gallery directly.

To support the Ice House Gallery or view their GoFundMe, visit their website at, and to learn more about the 2023 Art Hop, visit