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Murray Art Guild to Host Summer Party with Music, Art, and an Exhibit Opening

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Nathan Brown, Solid Rocket Media
The Murray Art Guild's annual Summer Art Party will feature live local music, live art demos, and the opening of their new exhibit, "Who We Are."

The Murray Art Guild has been preparing for their annual Summer Art Party, taking place tonight, June 29th. The party will feature music from local band and WKMS Battle of the Bands finalist, Peachy Mae, live art demos from various local artists, and the opening of the MAG's new exhibit, "Who We Are." Executive director, Debi Henry Danielson, visited Sounds Good to discuss their upcoming event. 

The Murray Art Guild, established in 1967, is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting arts enrichment throughout the community. Their annual Summer Art Party will be taking place tonight, June 29th, at the MAG Gallery, from 6 pm to 9 pm. The party is a celebration of art and music, and it will feature several different family-friendly performances, demonstrations, and exhibitions. Debi Henry Danielson, the MAG's Executive Director, spoke to Tracy Ross about what sort of artwork, music, and other events the community can expect to find at the party. 

Local music will be provided by local two-piece band and WKMS 2018 Battle of the Bands finalist, Peachy Mae. Kyler Nix of Peachy Mae also has featured artwork in the exhibition opening at the party. A sale of watercolor paintings from the Emily Wolfson estate, featuring local areas such as the Murray Park or Hematite Lake, will take place to raise funds for the Art Guild. Live art demonstrations on various mediums, such as the pottery wheel and wood turning, will be on site. Face painting and hands-on activities will be available for younger party attendees. 

The Summer Art Party also kicks off the opening of their new exhibit, "Who We Are: portraits & stories of our community." The exhibit features eclectic entries focused on artists' interpretations of the community. Danielson mentions the series "Humans of New York" as inspiration for this exhibit, which celebrates the diversity of the surrounding area and the people who comprise the community. "Who We Are" is a multimedia exhibit and includes stories of the pieces to allow greater insight into the artist's intent behind and inspiration for their work. The exhibit will stay up throughout the month of July, with July 21st being its last day on display. 

For more information on tonight's party, visit the Murray Art Guild's website or their Facebook page

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.
Melanie Davis-McAfee graduated from Murray State University in 2018 with a BA in Music Business. She has been working for WKMS as a Music and Operations Assistant since 2017. Melanie hosts the late-night alternative show Alien Lanes, Fridays at 11 pm with co-host Tim Peyton. She also produces Rick Nance's Kitchen Sink and Datebook and writes Sounds Good stories for the web.
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