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Mayfield's Ice House Gallery Celebrates the Humble Gourd

Have you ever seen a gourd hat? How about a gourd guitar? These versatile plants are the medium in "All About Gourds" - a  national juried competition at the Mayfield/Graves County Art Guild. The deadline for entries is this Saturday and Director Shane Gregory brings the details to Sounds Good.

Shane Gregory, Director of Ice House Gallery in Mayfield says gourds make a great medium for artwork because of their versatility. Gourds are hard like wood and have a smooth surface for painting, drawing, wood-burning, sculptures, carvings and even some creative surprises. In previous years, Gregory says he's seen guitars, hats, lamps, bowls, utensils and sculptures made out of the gourd's insides. The possibilities are nearly endless so long as the artist uses at least 80% gourd.

August 23 is the deadline for entries. Artwork must be delivered by 1 p.m. See details at Ice House Gallery's website or call 270-247-6971. 

The Gourd Patch Festival

Every September, Mayfield pays homage to the gourd in their Gourd Patch Festival. This year, it's on September 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. behind the Ice House Gallery. Farmers will be selling gourds, other artisans have booths, beekeepers bring honey, live music, mayor's hayrides and the gourd mobile derby race will be among the events. 

More about the Gourd Patch Festival

Tracy started working for WKMS in 1994 while attending Murray State University. After receiving his Bachelors and Masters degrees from MSU he was hired as Operations/Web/Sports Director in 2000. Tracy hosted All Things Considered from 2004-2012 and has served as host/producer of several music shows including Cafe Jazz, and Jazz Horizons. In 2001, Tracy revived Beyond The Edge, a legacy alternative music program that had been on hiatus for several years. Tracy was named Program Director in 2011 and created the midday music and conversation program Sounds Good in 2012 which he hosts Monday-Thursday. Tracy lives in Murray with his wife, son and daughter.
Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director March 2016-September 2019 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant. He is currently the host of the international music show Imported on Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
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