A Brief History of Hopkinsville Art Guild
by J. Terry FuquaStarted July 2010... Last revision 9-4-2015
The history of art in Hopkinsville is a relatively neglected topic, but this little work makes no effort at remedying that defect. It is simply a concise collection of what facts have not already vanished into the unrecoverable. The Hopkinsville Art Guild, as the case with so many institutions, did not preserve its minutes or other records. It did keep, more or less, a series of three scrapbooks that provided much of what appears below. What could be found in the author's personal diary and in New Era issues served to fill in a few gaps. And during the move from Bradford Square Mall to Sixth Street in 2014 boxes of records were unearthed.
At this early point in our discussion it should be pointed out that the Hopkinsville Art Guild and the Pennyroyal Arts Council are independent, separate entities that often cooperated on grant proposals, projects, etc. They should not be confused with each other.
So how did the Guild come into being? One motivating force was Sterling S. Lanier, Jr., born 1888 in Birmingham. He started an art class in Hopkinsville before Hopkinsville Community College was founded. The first instructor was Mr. Coiner of the Austin Peay Art Department.
Organizational Meeting (back of photo), Second Meeting (on front)By 1964 interest in art was growing in Hopkinsvile. That year marked the beginning of exhibiting art at the local fair. The Kentucky New Era on 11 August 1964 describes winners in art contests at that Pennyroyal Fair. Prize for "best in the art exhibit" at the fair went to Bill Marshall's FLOWERS AND GOURDS. That same year Sterling Lanier won a prize at the Henderson County Fair for SOUTH MAIN STREET IN OCTOBER. (In May 1965 he entered a painting done, unknown to the judges, by his 5 year old grandson in kindergarten; it won first place in the Pennyroyal Fair!)
In the fall of 1964 over 600 people attended an art exhibit-lecture by Ray Harm at Hopkinsville Community College. He was a well known painter of flowers and wild life, especially birds. At the conclusion of that event a "group of interested citizens" met briefly to begin plans for organizing an art guild. Mrs. Ray Luttrell was named acting chairman. The organizational meeting was set for Monday, 11 October 1965 at the college. Fifteen attended.
An attempt at reconstructing a list of charter members (inteviews with those still living produced disappointing results!) includes those named above plus Evelyn Owen. Early members, but not necessarily charter members, were Bob and Sandra Welliford, George and Wilma Draper, Elsie Hayes, Verna Heltzel, Evelyn Owen, Yvonne Gregory, Bob and Inez Seeber, Mary Moseley, Judy Anderson, Phyllis Nelson, and Erlene Cansler.
However, a list of the charter members appears in the Kentucky New Era, 13 October 2000, in the "Living" or B4 section. It gives them (with no explanation of how the list was recovered) as: Rebecca Arenald, Shirley Bohn, Roger Futrel, Carolyn Fuqua, Sam Gilkey, Yvonne Gregory, Virginia Hall, Margaret Labold, Linda Lutrell, June Mahoney, Frances McPherson, Bill Marshall, Inez Seeber, Rachel Shelton, and Honorary Member Dr. Tom Riley, president of H.C.C.
The records discovered in 2014 give 13 charter members: Roger Futrell, Bill Marshall, Sam B. Gilkey, Inez Seeber, Rebecca Arenald, Linda Lutrell, Shirley Bohn, Virginia Hall, June Mahoney, Frances McPherson, Mrs. H. B. [Rachel] Shelton, Margaret Laboild & Carolyn Fuqua. The first meeting according to this document was 25 October 1965 Members were "High School & older".
By the 1967-68 year there were 27 members. by 1968-69 63, and in December 1998 75 members.
In 1966 Best of Show at the local fair went to David Anderson for PORTRAIT OF DANA, an oil done when the artist was seventeen. Categories included in addition to oils: professional (Inez Seeber won for a pen and ink of HISTORICAL GORDON CAYCE BUILDING), water color (Ann Tandy Lacy's ROTTEN FRUIT), drawings and mixed media (Ann Oppmann's PORTRAIT OF SAM FLETCHER in chalk and charcoal), and sculpture (a clay head of JUDAS by Janice Howell). Diane Welleford at four was the youngest entrant.
In October that year a second exhibit of guild members was held, this one at the college. Enrico Faugno of Paducah won best of show, and $ 100 as prize, with an oil painting, STILL LIFE WITH PLASTER CAST. And college exhibition has continued intermittntly to the present as one major event for the Guild. By 1967 the guild had sought out a prestigious judge, in the person of Dr. Donald Irving, chairman of the art departrment at Peabody College in Nashville, for the college show.
By 1968 entries for the fall show, called the Pennyrile Fine Arts Festival, came from Tennessee counties Montgomery and Robertson and Kentucky counties McCracken, Marshall, Calloway, Lyon, Trigg, Caldwell, Simpson, Hopkins, Muhlenburg, Todd, Logan, Warren, and Christian.
By 1968 our local fair was being called Western Kentucky State Fair. And November of that year the Guild held its first workshop. Lewis Burton, art profesor at Austin Peay, held a Saturday workshop in collage at the college from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M. It cost $3 and was open to members or nonmembers. The membership fee had risen to $6, which entitled one to attend all workshops free. Meetings were being held in the seminar room at the college administration building.
The second workshop was held in January 1969, oil painting by Matthew E. Ziegler of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. Seventy-seven attended. It was given at the college but was preceeded one day by a reception for the artist at the home of Mrs. Herman (Carolyn) Fuqua. Later that month the guild watched a movie on Four Ways To Paint A Tree.
Other workshops that year included weaving on a frame loom by Elizabeth Woodard, weaving on a regular loom by Mrs. Jack Herberman, watercolor by Miss Anne Guerrant Green of the UK art faculty, and batik by Neil DiTeresa of Berea College. The newspaper article mentions that the Guild had grown to 117 members.
In May 1969 a seven year old first grader at Indian Hills school had a collage (HOME) accepted in the Fourth Annual Central South ehibition at Nashvile's Parthenon. He was the son of George Draper, long-time Guild member.
In 1970 the Guild's first one-man show was given by Eloise Jervis, employee at Pennyrile Area Development District and wife of ammunition inspector William R. Jervis. Originally from Nebraska, she had just started painting in 1968! She used oils by knife and preferred old buildings as subject matter, often from her travel through Europe. The show was at the Social Security Building.
Soon thereafter Sterling Lanier had a show at First City Bank and Sam Gilkey at Planters Bank.
The Fall Festival was in October at the college with musical events as well as the judged exhibit (Dr. Edwin Rust of the Memphis Academy of Art was judge.)
15 November 1970 Charles T. Young, chairman of the art department at Austin-Peay, did the first workshop of the year, watercolor.
In January 1971 Anthony Droege, art instructor at Murray State, gave a workshop on drawing from a model, 20 February 1971 Lewis Burton, art professor at Austin-Peay led a another on principles of design, and on 27 March Max Hochstetler (who did the mural at Opryland) led one in framing. Also that year Richard Carlon, art instructor at the University of Evansville taught painting in several media. He later acted as judge for the annual show.
In January 1972 Bob Evans of Paducah held a six-hour session on acrylics. In February print-making was led by Miss Jeanette Cathey, graduate student at Murray, and drawing by Neil DiTeresa.
On 22 February 1972 Polish born Ilona Royce Smithkin led a workshop on portrait painting. There were 23 students. Staying at the home of Carolyn Fuqua, she casually whipped off a red crayon (sanguine pencil) bust of Carolyn, still held proudly by her son.
In March Max Hochstetler led a workshop in watercolor and in April gave a "workshop" in which he critiqued three to five works for each participant.
That summer Mayor George Adkins was assisted by various community groups, including the Guild, in beautifying Virginia Park. There were dances, painting on the spot, renovation of benches and bandstand. And Planters Bank sponsored an art show in the park.
But 1972 brought a major loss to the Guild; Sterling Lanier died at age 83. He will be remembered especially for his renderings of historic buildings such as South Kentucky and Bethel colleges.
That year the judge of the annual show was Lawrence A. Bernstein, art professor at Southern Illinois. Jerry Watson of Paducah won best of show with "SHADOWS 2 P.M.".
1972 brought also Matthew Ziegler again, this time teaching oils.
In 1973 Paducah artist Bob Evans did an oil and acrylic workshop, John Mominee, instructor at Austin-Peay, did printmaking, Dr. Charles Young of Austin-Peay showed "a new approach to watercolor painting using acrylics", and Max Hochstetler came back to lecture and teach.
In April that year Human Relations Week had a poster contest in the schools, and our Guild provided the judges: Rachel Shelton, Don Gray, and Evelyn Owen.
1973 officers were: Jesse Vick, president; Mrs. Paul Turner, V.P.; Bob Gates, secretary; and George Draper, executive secretary. Jesse Vick was featured in the New Era 27 March 1973 with his painting of Second Baptist Church, being replaced at the time by a new building. And not to be out-done, Don Gray appeared in that newspaper with a pencil drawing of First United Methodist Church.
Bill Layton, retired artist noted for designing the Corning Ware blue flowers, had a one-man show at Planters Bank in September.
John Streetman III, Director of the Evansville Museum for Art and Science, judged the annual show that October. [check this!] John Bott was said elsewhere to have been the juror, and Best of Show went to Warren Farr of Paducah for ACCOUNT CLOSED.
In November 1973 John Bott, of Evansville University taught "hard line and stained canvas".
In February 1974 John Mominee returned for figure drawing, and that year Franklin Thompson (formerly at H.C.C.) taught watercolor, Marcia Durrant of Murray State printmaking, and Olen Bryant of Austin-Peay soap sculpture. George Draper did 15 minute charcoal sketches free for all comers at the Service Club. Frank Lott was president that year, and Steve Shields shared runer up for his sculptures "7th Period" and "Weight Lifter" with Robert Gates for eight miniature oil paintings.
The annual HCC exhibit was held April 21 - 28, 1974. There were 57 guild members.
In June 1974 Jesse Vick gave a print of his "Hotel Latham" to Planters Bank, the original holder of the Latham account. On hand to receive it were Phil Chappell, chairman of Planter's board, Isaac "Skeeter" Clark, head waiter at the Latham, and J. D. Haywood, night desk clerk. The group reminisced over previous hotel guests they'd served including John D. Rockefeller's daughter Mary McCormick, Lon Chaney, William Jennings Bryan, John Philip Sousa, Eddie Rickenbacker, Ethel Barymore, and Andy Devine.
And that month the Guild held a sketch-in at Mary Moseley's farm on the Russellville Road.
In August 1974 Guy Koehne, bacteriologist and artist, exhibited a one-man show at the Trahern gallery at Austin-Peay. At that time he was using partially-dried felt tip pins, everything black and white. Later he did pointilism with colored pencils. That month Sterling LeNoir was featured in the Kentucky New Era for his contributions to the local guild.
A second show, the ninth annual Hopkinsville Art Guild Pennyrile Exhibit was held October 13-20 at HCC. L. A. Bernstein, S.I.U. professor, was judge. "Blue Pram", a watercolor by Dan Hanley of Clarksville, was named most popular exhibit and took first in its category. Guy Koehne's "Beyond Antioch" was Best of Show. At this "festival of arts" Steve Shields gave a lecture on ideas that inspired his sculpture, Ramona Jones (wife of T.V. celebrity Grandpa Jones) and Yvonne Gregory presented an autoharp and dulcimer concert, William Turner lectured on local architecture, Malcom Glass of Austin Peay read his poetry, and Pennyrile Players performed "Bells Are Ringing". Marshall Butler concluded the festival with a piano recital.
In November that year Karen Boyd, assistant professor at Murray State, led a workshop on oils and Ellie Samuelson of Murray State taught drawing and painting. That month Philip Von Raabe, on the art faculty at Ohio State, gave a slide lecture on printmaking.
Guy Koehne led a workshop in felt tip pen drawing and in January 1975 had a show at Vanderbilt's University Club. That month Murray State potter, Fred Shepard, held a workshop on ceramics.
In February 1975 Frank Lott gave a program on "Reproduction of Fine Art", and in April Dr. Charles I. Young, chairman of art at Austin Peay, held a watercolor class.
There was not to be a Guild gcallery until 2009, so space for exhibits was scarce. The J. C. Penny Store gave us a window display for a month. Other donors followed.
The Guild, Kentucky Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, and H.C.C. jointly sponsored an art exhibit October 12-19, 1975 with Edwin Rust as juror, he being director of the Memphis Academy of Arts. Max Hochstetler won in the professional category with his "Pigs In The Field" a watercolor. "The Highchair", a drawing by John Mominee, won in profesional prints and drawings, and Mary Moseley's oil "Country Lane" took first in the amateur category. Corrine Runnels won in amateur prints and drawings for her lithograqph "Color Forms".
In October 1975 the Guild met at HCC to hear Mrs. Kenny (Gay) Wood, portrait artist.
And that month the Fall Exhibit had winners: in professional paintings, Pigs In The Field, a watercolor by Max Hochstetler, in oil and acrylic
On 8 November 1975 Karen Boyd of Murray State led a workshop on oil painting.
1976 began with a display in Paris, France, by Hopkinsville artist Robbie Parks. Her works varied from oil paintings to jewelry to mahogany bas relief sculpture.
The Guild's spring show in May had the following winners: Nedra Dudley in oils for "Midwest Grazing Land", Frank Lott in watercolor for "Land Between The Lakes", and John Mominee in prints and draings for "Gateway".
In January 1976 Frank Lott, former Guild president, had a one-man show at the Paducah gallery, and in February Guy Koehne had his one-manner at Cheekwood in Nashville. February 1976 Robert James Foose, Kentucky artist and U.K. faculty member, held an all-day waterolor session at the college.
That year other workshops included acrylics by Don Evans, director of Vanderbilt's Multi-Media Center, several by Artist In The Park Joe Miller of Utah, and one in watercolor by Charles T. Young, art chairmn at Austin Peay in watercolor.
August 1976 saw Steve Shields' sculpture exhibit at First City Bank.
In October 1976 at the Annual Pennyrile Art Exhibt Siegfried Weng, Director Emeritus of the Evansville Museum of Arts and Science, judged, awarding first place in oils to Jerry Watson of Paduch for "Red Door", in watercolor to Frank Lott of Clarksville for "Truck Farmers", in print and drawing to Lisa Moore Phillips of Nortonville for "Ghetto", and in collage to Rick Arrowood of Hopkinsville for "S. P. 77".
In 1977 the spring art exhibit (the eleventh) gave first in oils to Irene Brashears for "Mexican Mission", in watercolor to Martha Farmer for Whitfield Graveyard", and in draings, prints, collages, and mixed media to Guy Koehne for "Cedar and Oak".
The first Little River Arts and Crafts Festival was held near the library with only 8 booths.
The fall of 1977 Nada Fuqua began taking art lessons from Barbara Gardner, the start of her artistic efforts. And that year her six year old son Ben watched her draw a chair. His comment? "Not bad for a beginner". He went on to become an architect in New York City. We have no minutes of the Guild for early years, but a diary shows Nada was a member as early as November 1979.
In February 1978 the Guild painted a mural on one of the wards at Western State Hospital and had an oil-painting workshop by William T. Williams from Kentucky Wesleyan.
In August Ralph Bagley of Winter Park, FL, conducted a workshop on oil painting. Visting artists often stayed at the homes of members, and he was housed by Carolyn Fuqua that trip.
That October the thirteenth annual Pennyrile Art Exhibit was held at the local college with John Streetman, III, as juror. First prize in oils went to Carolyn Fuqua for "Barn and Smokehouse", in watercolor to Martha Farmer for "Cabin At Cade's Cove", in prints, collages, and drawings to Phyllis Nelson for "Waiting". After a week this exhibit was moved to Firt City Bank.
In December 1978 (see Courier Journal, 12-5-78) the oldest building in Princeton, built in 1817, was purchsed for use as an art gallery. Their guild borrowed $ 12,000 to buy it. Betsy Morgan, a member also of the Hopkinsvile guild, was chairman for the project. The stucture was Federal in design and was built of stone sills with cut limestone foundation. 1817 had been the year that Big Spring was renamed Princeton.
In January 1979 Max Hochstetler led a workshop in watercolor, and in February Guild member Phyllis Nelson did a workshop, a lecture and demonstration, on visual design. And John Mominee, now moved to Mount Vernon, Indiana, taught a 10 to 2:30 session on oils. Meetings were still being held in the Seminar Room at HCC.
In 1979 the spring exhibit gave a first place tie in oils to Nada Fuqua (for "Mrs. Higgins") and Mary Moseley (for "August Landscape"), Nell Broadbent first in drawing (for First Baptist Church"), and Martha Farmer first in watercolor (for Haley's Mill").
October 1979 marked the fourteenth annual Pennyrle Exhibit. Evelyn Owen was prsident and Florence Steele publicity chairman. Max Hochstetler judged. First place winer was Barbara Gardner in watercolor, Tom Malone of Clarksville in oils, and Joseph Gluhman of Bowling Gren in prints and drawings. Pastel and colage winner was Margaret Gluhman of Bowling Green. The last of 1979 the Guild financed a mural on the children's section of the public library, painted by local artist Phil King.
January 1980 Dr. Charles T. Young of Austin Peay conducted a workshop in watercolor. On 1 March Olen Bryant taught soft sculpture with paper mache.
The show in April 1980 attracted 78 paintngs. The winners are lost to history! Evelyn Owen was president, Florence Steele publicity chairman, and Inez Seeber secretary.
In May Max Hochstetler held another oil and acrylic workshop, and the Guild donated a painting (a vase of flowers) to HCC. .
In June 1980 Frances Thomas and William Layton held a Summer Arts Program at HCC, featuring drawing, weaving, silk flower making, and calligraphy. At least three years earlier the Pennyroyal Arts Council had been formed, and its 16 June dinner meeting at the fairgrounds convention center included Marshall Butler at piano, Angel Marshall on viola, John Cummins on piano, and Viva Wallace solo soprano. Carolyn Self was ending her third year as president of that organization.
26 September we set up the Little River Arts and Crafts Show. The Robert Gates family had endowed the Guild to help with expenses of workshops. This show was apparently in conjunction with the annual Pennyrile Art Show, which was judged by Emily Woolfson of Murray. Winner of first place in oils was Mary Heckman of Calvert City for "Is It Soup Yet?", in watercolor Frank Lott of Clarksville for "Yesterday's Rain", and in mixed category to Jennie Piech of Hamlin for pencil work "Friends".
20 December 1980 the Guild had a Christmas party at the home of Carolyn Fuqua.
In March 1981 Jerry Watson of Paducah taught the use of oils and acrylics ande the same month Carol Eckert, student at Austin Paey, taught glazing of oils and acrylics. The next month Nancy Dunnavant of Guthrie taught drawing.
In June Buck Hammond replaced Bob Welleford as Guild president, Joey Cain became co-V.P. with Verna Heltzel, Mary Mosely was chosen secretary and Elizabeth Woodard treasurer.
In Septmber the fifth annual Little River Arts and Crafts Festival was sponsored by the Pennyroyal Ats Council with over 40 craftsmen at Little River Park near the library.
Also in September 1981 Barbara Gardner opened an art studio at Gingham Gallery, next door to the Croft Buildig on South Main. The sixteenth annual Penyroyal Art Exhibit (note the change of name) was October 4-11 with former Hopkinsvillians Jeff and Kay Tull as judges. 95 works were submitted. Winner of the category for oils was Mitchell Bryant of Cadiz, for watercolor Martha Farmer of Madisonville, for mixed media Ginny Piech of Hamlin, and for drawing Nancy Dunnavant of Guthrie. The first Kathryn Gates Memorial Workshop was held in oils. Emily Wolfson retired art profesor at Murray, was instructor in oil painting.
In 1982 Sarah Flowers was president of the Pennyroyal Arts Council. The Guild's spring show was held Apri 25-30 at the college. No record of entries or winners is extant.
26 April the monthly meting of the Guild was held at Little River Park and featured a workshop in watercolor by Nell Broadbent.
The Guild officers for 1982 were Joey Cain, president, Judy Anderson, vice-president, Mary Moseley secretary, and Elizabeth Woodard treasurer. That summer the Guild had an exhibit at Ft. Campbell's Recreation Building as part of a festival-tribute to this area. There was also live entertainment including the Guild's Yvonne Gregory as folksinger.
The seventeenth anual fall exhibit was October 3-10 at the college. First place in oils was Mitchell Bryant, in watercolor Evelyn Owen, in mixed media to Nancy Dunnavant. The Martha Farmer Memorial Award in watercolor went to Judy Anderson, the Kathryn Gates Memrial award to Saraah London, and the Irene Brashears award to Kim Romaine Williams.
And that month the Guild met at Barbara Gardner's Gingham Gallery to paint about 150 miniatures for display on the annual Christmas tree at the library.
In January 1982 Dr. Charles Young of Austin Peay did a workshop in watercolor. In July officers were elected: Joey Cain, president; Judy Anderson, vice president; Mary Moseley, secretary; and Elizabeth Woodard, treasurer.
In March 1983 Larry Hortenbury of Austen Peay taught a workshop in graphic design using scratching on a plastic plate and then inking and printing of the image, and in May Gary Akers, prominent Kentuky artist, led a workshop in "watercolor egg tempra".
The Spring Show was held at the former location of Arnold's Too in the Pennyrile Mall, but there is no record of the winners. Simultaneously some Guild artwork was shown at Reed and Company on South Main. The latter location featured landscape in May, florals in June, and graphics in July.
In May Gary Akers of Union conducted a workshop, and some 25 attended.f
June 13-17 Ralph Bagley held workshops on oil painting.
Officers for 1983 were Judy Anderson, president, Constance Pois, vice-president, Roger Selvidge, secretary, and Eizabeth Woodard, treasurer.
In May 1983 Gary Akers taught watercolor & egg temperaat Hopkinsville Federal Savings Bank and at H.C.C.
In July an outdoor painting session met at Grace Hill's Barkley Lake home, and the one in August at Carolyn Fuqua's Cayce Creek property was moved (on account of the weather) to her home.
In August the Sixth Annual Dinner Meeting of the Pennyroyal Arts Council was celebrated at the Memoral Building. The Guild provided part of the display there.
26 September the members met to paint at Jody Harrison's on Lafayette Road.
The eighteenth annual fall exhibit was the first week of October, again at HCC. In oils the winner was Mitchell Bryant, in "other media" (including pastels, drawings, prints, and collages) Guy Koehne, in watercolor Judy Anderson. The Robert Gates Award went to Enid Roach. John W. Streetman, III, of the Evansville museum was judge.
In November the Guild sold miniatures at the Charity Bazaar at the Mall.
The Christmas party for 1983 was held at Constance Pois' home in Great Oaks.
1984 featured a watercolor workshop by Larry James Foose of UK in March, a life drawing workshop by Larry Hortenbury 5 April, a spring show at the college April 22-28, a painting workshop by Max Hochstetler 24 May, a pastel workshop by Nell Broadent 16 June, a series of one-man shows displayed at Reed and Company with Linda Pierce in June, Roger Selvidge in July, Judy Anderson in August, Niccki Hicks in November, and Carolyn Fuqua and Inez Seeber in December, and a painting session at Judy Anderson's in August, and in October a workshop in acrylics by Neil DiTeresa of Berea.
Officers elected July 1984 were Roger Selvidge, president, Constance Poise, vice president, Rachel Shelton recording secretary, Nikki Hicks corresponding secretary, and Elizabeth Woodard treasurer.
The nineteenth annual fall exhibit was moved from HCC for the first time and was held at Lone Oak Square, where a house, at the corner of Clay and Sixteenth, with good lighting was available. Dr. James Diehre, chairman of the art department at Austin Peay, judged.
In September Little River Park Arts and Crafts Bazaar was held outdoors in Planter's Bank Plaza, the recently closed section of Eighth Street. Pegboad sheets supported on stands held the paintings. Other displays were arranged in Little River Park itself.
In November an Arts and Crafts Fair and exhibit was held by the Guild at Brickyard Plaza.
On January 19 & 26, 1985, a watercolor workshop was held at HCC, on 27 April an abstract watercolor workshop by Barbara Livingston at the library, and in May the spring exhibit.
The July election chose as officers: Emily Smith, president, Phyllis Nelson, vice-president, Roger Selvidge secretary, and Inez Seeber, treasurer.
In August and September the Princeton Art Guild held its first Weekend Art Show, judged by our Roger Selvidge. Our Evelyn Owen and Paducah's David Philips won first place awards.
By 1985 our sculptor, Steve Shields, had made a name for himself and had completed the Pioneer at Pioneer Cemetery. Other famous works were to be the two Cherokees in Trail Of Tears Park, Captain Ryman at the old Grand Ole Opry site, and Bill Monroe at the new Opry theater. Some figures were of copper and made by sawing copper pipe lengthwise and beating the sections into flat sheets, which were then welded using extra hot acetylene. His steel objects were made from old coat hangers and steel packing crate bands.
In the fall of 1985 the guild donated two more large paintings to Western State Hospital, bringing the total to five. Evelyn Owen was president.
The Fall Exhibit was held at the "Showplace" 1005 South Main. John Streetman judged.First place awards were: Watercolor, Evelyn Owen for Day's End; Mixed Media, Guy Koehne for Lanmdscape 3-22-85; Oil, NO 1st PLACE AWARDED;
In 1986 Emily Smith Gill, art historian and art instructorat HCC, was president. A membeship drive/reception for new members was held in July at the Library Community Room.
Our scrapbooks have little for 1986 and 1987. In fact, records are sparse for the late 80s and early 90s. From the New Era we know that Emily Smith Gill, an art historian at H.C.C., was elected President. Sometime in 1987 there was a workshop in Chinese watercolor by Terrence Tin-Ho Choy, art professor at the University of Alaska.
In April 1988 four Guild members (Judith Anderson, Carolyn Fuqua, Mary Mosley, and Barbara Morgan) established a nonprofit organizaton, Western Kentucky Artists, Inc., at 225AA Ft. Campbell Blvd. to "provide a permanent showcase for artists from the area". The corporation was to work "hand-in-hand with the Pennyroyal Arts Council and the Hopkinsville Art Guild." They planned to have several exhibits a year, starting with a youth exhibit 1 May. Barbara Morgan was gallery manager.
In November 1988 the Guild sponsored The Riverlands '88 Competitive Art Exhibit at the former site of Keach Furniture Company. The arts council provided a grant. Shown were 128 works by 64 artists. Among our Guild entries were Guy Koehne, Judy Anderson, Carolyn Fuqua, and Roger Selvidge.
About 1989 Elma Everett, who was retired and had studied art seven years in New Jersey, moved to Hopkinsville and joined the Guild. She was featured in the New Era 22 May 1992. In May the Spring Exhibit was at Pennyrile Mall at the former location of "Lots To Love".
In November 1991 Paul and Patricia Ferrell had an exhibit, "A Creative Partnership", at the Dawson Springs Museum.
In 1992 exhibits were held at Pennyril Mall, First City Bank, and First Federal Savings Bank downtown.
In 1996 Annette Lusher was president. The fall exhibit in 1996 was in All Saints Hall of the Episcopal Church with 90 pieces selected to compete for a total of $ 4,475. First place winners were: an oil "The River" by Lassie McDonald Crowder, in acrylic "Territorial Rites" by James Caine, Jr., in prints-drawings "Heresy" by Jennifer Bruton Simms, in photography Anna Raynor's "The Tea Party", in fiber "His And Her Definition" by Annette Lusher, and in mixed media "Aqua" by Carolyn Ray.
In August 1996 Jennifer Fairbanks of Murray led a workshop on figure painting in the public Library community room. In December 1996 the Guild had a Christmas art sale with items displayed at Jade Palace Restaurant. That month Verna Heltzel had a one-man show at the library.
1997 Guild officers were elected: president Verna Heltzel, vice-president Anette Lusher, secretary Betty Liles, treasurer Gayle Hagensick, exhibit chair Evelyn Owen, Art Sales chair Elsa Hayes, program chair Phyllis Nelson, and workshop co-chairs George and Wilma Draper.
The summer of 1997 Jane Glass, an avid golfer, hired Guild artist Ricky Deel to paint a golf course mural on the side of Hawkins Insurance Services on Ninth Street. And Aette Lusher of Oak Gove, native of Hannver, Germany, was artist in residence in eastern Kentucky teaching weaving to fourth and fifth graders. She hand-picked herbs and berries to dye her yarns.
The 1997 and 1998 fall shows were held at Grace Episcopal Church. The 1997 spring show was at the College. Violin music was provided by Kim Forguson and Candace Davis. For the 1999 show there were 153 works from four states. Dan Carver, director of Yeiser Art Center in Paducah, judged. Best of Show was "Pillow Time" by Bobbie Marsh of Cokeville, TN, first in acrylics "Time Out For Emily" by Kay Matter of Nashville, first in mixed media "Pillow Time" by Bobbie Marsh of Cokeville, TN, in fiber and 3-dimensional "The Stuff Fairy Tales Are Made Of" by Linda Johnson of Pleasant Shade, TN, watrcolor "Tobacco Time" by Silke Tyler. Purchase awards went to Bobbie Marsh for "Facade", Rex Robinson for "My Old Kentucky Nursery", and Wilma Draper for "Marks Of Impatience".
In December 1997 several members had individual shows: Joan Haynes at First City Bank, Mary Moore at the library, Anette Lusher at the Chamber of Commerce, Phyllis Nelson at the Chamber of Commerce, Margaret Labold at the library, and Tamiko Cansler at First City Bank. It was probably that year the Guild had a show at the Dawson Springs Museum.
In 1998 Phyllis Nelson had a show at the Chamber and Anette Lusher at the library.
In 1999 officers were Verna Heltzel, president, Mary Moore, V.P., Shirley Forguson, Secretary, and Gale Hagensick, treasurer. That year individual displays of their works included Barbara Gardner at the Chamber, Roger Selvidge and his protegee Julia Speck at First City Bank, and Janet Bravard at Morningside Assisted Living. In June and July several artists hung works at Jade Palace. In October Wilma Draper and her daughter, Mary Draper Perdue, displayed their watercolors at the College.
The 1999 (29th) fall show was again held at the Episcopal Church and again judged by John W. Streetman, III. Senior Guild members, Carolyn Fuqua and Dorothy Rowlette, now both over 92 year old, attended.
In February 2000 Ricky Deel opened his Wet Dog Studios and Gallery, initially at 905 South Main adjoining the old First City Bank and later at Ninth and Virginia in two adjacent properties. Works varied from traditional paintings to sculpted diftwood and salvaged building parts. Ann Rayner, Vanderbilt medical photographer, resident of Pembroke, and native of Greenville, Mississippi, became active with the guild. By now Casey Pierce, senior a Hopkinsvill High, was already provng himself as an artist.
In October 2000 works of the charter members were displayed at Grace Episcopal to celebrate the Guild's 35th anniversary. Larry Hortenbury, formerly at Austin Peay, judged the entries of the younger members. The older ones like Carolyn Fuqua, Yvonne Gregory, and Francis McPherson attended but did not submit entries.
Steve Shields, sculptor mentioned previously, died unexpectedly of a heart attack in 1998 while driving his truck. He was only 51. The Janice Mason Art Museum of Cadiz had a retrospective show of his works in May to September 2001. At least 25 of his pieces are on permanent display to the public. These vary from MASK at Round Table Park on the HCC campus to "Nemesis" at Hopkinsville's Hall of Justice and his last completed piece, "St. Thomas Moore" at St. Thomas Moore Catholic Church in Paducah.
In April 2001 Else Hayes exhibited at Area Bank and Sandra Welleford at the Municipal Building.
In 2001 the fall show was at the Episcopal Church. Bill Granstaff got Best of Show for "Hoptown Shoe Store". Max Hochstetler judged. The Roger Selvidge Award went to Robert Vantrease for his mixed media entry, "Waterfall". First place prizes were: in oils, Delfina Ritchy for "Front Porch Of Flower", in acrylics, Jeffifer Brutojn Sims for "Wandering Journey", in watercolor, Nargo Sebelist for "Riding High", in mixed media, Tim Blake fr "Pangea", in photo-drawig, Julie Pridgen for "Prelude In Gray", and in 3D, to Frank Lyne for "Herron".
Photographs in the scapbooks show Willie Rascoe had several entries of his "found-art" pieces. Kim Forguson again provided violin music. This was the time the US invaded Afghanistan in retaliation for bombing of the World Trade Towers.
For 2002 there was a watercolor workshop by an Austin Peay professor, and the fall exhibit was again at Grace Episcopal. Kell Alexander Black, art professor at Austin Peay, was judge.
In June 2003 the spring at show was displayed at HCC Auditorium Gallery. There were 44 paintings from 22 local artists.
In 2003 Kim Forguson had an exhibit at BB&T, Alma Moss one at the Municipal Building on Main, Franklin Johnson one at BB&T, and Roger Selvidge a photo exhibit at the Municipal Building..
The juried Pennyroyal Art Exhibit was 3-12 October that year in Grace Episcopal. William F. Brown of the University of Evansville gave Best of Show to Kaneko Suite of Nashville for "Evening Light, Memphis, TN". This prize was $ 350. The Roger Selvidge Memorial Award went to "Pensacola Florida Christ EpiscopalChurch" by Hopknsvillian Phl Weaver. The Carolyn Fuqua Memorial Award was won by Kristin Prunitsch for her arylic "Structural Freedom". The Rev. Garnett Smith Memorial Award was watercolor "Firebird" by Robert Vantrease of Nashville. The Doris Hagensick Memorial prize was won by Randy Bucks for "A Rock and a Hard Place" in oil. The Purchase Award was to Nada Fuqua for an oil, "Sunflowers". In specific categories winners were: Cynthia Hagensick for prints-drawings-photos with "Chiswells, Resurrection Bay Alaska", for 3-dimensional art Frank Lyne of Adairville with "Reigning In", for acrylic "Cedar Sink #17, of Kin Soule from Bowling Green, in mixed media to Barbara Gardner for "Impressions of Flora", in oils to Joan Hayes Mitchell of Princeton for "Broken", to Phil Weaver in watercolor for "Recluse". The New ERa article 6 Oct 2003 has two separate lists of winners! They do not agree. I cited the first list. Judy Campbell was president that year.
In 2004 the Pennyroyal Arts Council, which by then owned the old L&N Depo, gave the Guild use of one large room at the south end for a rotating display space. Artists often did individual exhibits for a month at a time with small receptions to celebrate the opening of a show. On of the early displays was watercolors by Chales Stroud, a resident of the Outwood Facility near Dawson Springs. The works were there February 20-28. New lighting and new hanging devices were purchased for the area. Bob Lester and Henrietta provided a new coat of paint.
In April Tricia Ferrell held at pottery workshop at Grace Episcopal, and objects completed there were fired later at her kiln and returned to the participants.
The college again hosted the Annual Spring Show in May-June
In June 2004 Lucy Macdonald, mother of Judge Peter Macdonald and originally from Owensboro, had her show there. In April Phil Weaver had his landscapes, seascapes, architectural watercolors, and even portraits displayed at Wet Dog Studio & Gallery and at Arts & Things Gallery in Moorehead City, N.C. In May he and retired neurosurgeon Dr. Blaine Nashold, Jr., father of Sara Shepherd, were featured in the New Era [5-5-04] painting in north Christian County near Buntin Lake.
Patricia Carr opened her Gallerie L'Eveque between Wet Dog and Coffee And...
The fall show was October 4.
In November the Depot display was Judy Anderson's and in December Barbara Gardner's.
January 2005 the DEpot featured Jerry Frost of Eddyville, February Jerr's brother Larry. And in February Lary gave a pastel workshop for seven members at the Depot. As a demonstration he did a portrait of Gale Hagensick
On 3 March Tracy Gapp had a reception and show at the Depot that lasted until April.
Officers were elected in Aprl that year: Henrietta Kemp as president, Betty Vinson vice president, Betty Liles as secretary for the news letter, Gale Hagensick treasurer, Judy Anderson workshop coordinator, Nada Fuqua spring show coordinator, Linda Cayce fall show coordinator, and Judy Campbell BB&T show coordinator.
Spring Show was in April 2005 at the HCC auditorium gallery.
In May Betty Liles' work hung at BB&T, followed by Susan Miles, Roxanne Thoms, Ann Jeffers, Juanita Thomas, and Carol Lewis.
Kate Brevard had the Depot display for June and Nancy Scribner in July and Sherri Green in August.
In July Randy Burks led workshop in drawing at First Presbyterian Church, and in August Kate Brevard led one in papermaking there.
The 40th anniversary of the guild was celebrated by the generosity of Jim and Janet Bond with Open House at their home in Cox Mill Estates on 18 September. The Bonds showed their incredible collection of artifacts from Nazi relics to a pair of General Custer's beaded, leather gloves. The signees on the guest register included: Barbara Gardner, Diane Browning, Betty Liles, Nada ad Terry Fuqua, Judy and Milton Campbell, Becky Williams, Dorris Russell, Verna and Dane Heltzel, Carol Barta, Linda Cayce, Willie Rascoe, Gale Hagnsick, Margaret Clay, Joan and Bob Lester, Maggie Selvidge, Betty Vinson, Patricia and Paul Ferrell, and Randy Clark.
In October 2005 Casey Pierce showed "Anachronism: An Exploration of the Mennonite Community", a collection of oil paintings at the Depot. Clash of cultures abounded with, as example, 6 bonneted ladies in mass-produced, plastic chairs hand-shelling corn as shown in "No Idle Hands". The community allowed no photographs, making Pierce's work more difficult.
The Annual Fall Show was 5-14 Ocober at HCC. We have preserved what is a rarity, an inventory of all entries. Since my primary purpose has been to preserve facts and not to enhance readability, I list these. Winner of first place is indicated by an asterisk:
Judy Anderson, acrylic, "There Are Many That I Miss"
Carolyn Self, oil, "Young African Woman" and "A German Village"
Best of Show went to Randy Burk's "Call Me If You Want To", the Carolyn Fuqua Memorial Award to Doris Templemeyer's "Angela Times Three", the Garnett Smith Award to Suta Lee's "Portrait Of A Young Woman", the Roger Selvidge Memorial to Barbara Gardner for "Yellow Splendor", and the Doris Hagesick Award to Kaneko Suite for "Spring At Lakehurst Drive"
At the show, Gale Hagensick, treasurer of the Guild for many years, relinquished that office. Henrietta Kemp was president. Kim Forguson again played violin.
In November 2005 Larry Frost led a workshop in pastels at First Presbyterian Church.
In January 2006 Julie-Anna exhibited at the Depot. She had been a photographer since her grandmother had given her a camera at age 12. She had moved to Hopkinsville in 1998 and was taken in by Maggie and Roger Selvidge She graduated from Austin Peay 2003 in fine arts.
In March the Depot featured works by students of Barbara Gardner. And that month the annual membership meeting was potluck at Nada Fuqua's. Nada showed her pastel portraits at Coffee And ... with a reception in March, and Linda Pierce's exhibit, "Four Seasons And More" was at the Eddyville Courthouse through the end of August. On 29 April 2006 Suta Lee taught watercolor at Betty Adams' farm off the Butler Road. The cover bridge she'd built on the access drive to her log cabin was a favorite subject.
At that year's spring show 11 June there were live demonstrations for the public. Henrietta Kemp worked in oils, Nada Fuqua did a pastel portrait, and Betty Liles showed watercolor painting of flowers. Dan Wilkinson provided keyboard music.
In August 2006 Barbara Gadner did a workshop at Jeffers Bend.
31 August 2006 the Guild made a trip (in Henrietta Kemp's trusty van) to the Owensboro Art Museum with a side trip to see Mary Foor's homeplace and her remarkable, 96 year old mother, Cecelia Medley.
That month the Depot held "Three Women: Nature Inspired", works by Mimi Turnbull, Patsy Sharpe, and Eunice Kern. There were 40 pieces from pottery to painting. Kern did silk scarf painting, Turnbull Japanese calligraphy, and Sharpe oils and photography.
The Fall Show 2006 was judged by Suta Lee of Austin Peay. Best of Show was Larry Frost's "Bill Harper". First place in portrait-figure, it was in oils, was "Self Portrait" by Doris Tempelmeyer. In Still Life first was Claudia Balthrop's "Charmed By The Light", a watercolor. First in Landscape was "Mill Overlooking Moss Stream", a photo by Tony Kirves. The Experimental first was "Edge Of The Tunnel" a mixed media piece by Barbara Gardner. Animal Art was won by Theresa Gemeinhardt with photo "Buzz Off". 3D went to Paul Ferrell for "Dinner For 6".
Henrietta Kemp was president and Carol Lewis treasurer. Nada accepted her prize in a wheelchair, having recently broken her ankle backpacking in Illinois.
In late 2006 the lighting system was completed at the Depot, and in November Gardner had the show there. A Guild reception was held at the Depot 12 December with Santa Claus reading to children "Polar Express".
The Depot exhibit for January 2007 was by Griffin Blane and Chaz Ganster.
In February Nada Fuqua and Betty Liles shared a Depot slot. Larry Frost did a portrait of his friend Bobby Hampton at a workshop.
In March Anne Rayner, Vanderbilt medical photographer, led a workshop, "Basics of the Digital Camera", at First Methodist Church, and that month Anne had the Depot show.
7 April Larry Frost repeated his popular workshop on portraiture, at Jeffers Bend. He had been selected Ambassador for the State of Kentucky to the National Portraiture Society of America (2005).
That month Kristina Lyalls showed mosaics of paper bits at the Depot.
At the Clarksville Arts Festival that summer members from our Guild showed their stuff, and Betty Liles had her own booth.
In May the annual spring show was held, and the annual meeting was a supper at Jeffers Bend.
In September 2007 Richard Hogan of Clarksville showed at the Depot his art made from weeds and spray paints. His exhibit was there that month.
The 37th Annual Juried Pennyroyal Art Exhibition, note the fluidity of the wording, was in October 2007. Kell Black from the art department at Austin Peay judged an oil painting by Jason Jackson, "Mischief", as Best of Show. Over $ 5,0000 in prizes was awarded. Memorial Awards were as follows:
Carolyn Fuqua: "Appealing Colors" by Reba Dunville.
First place in eac category:
For the first time John Hall endowed a special category, scenes of Christmas at Hopkinsville. His intention was to allow the Guild to print Christmas cards for sale, while he would keep the original after displaying it at Planters Bank for six months. Winner that first year was Barbara Gardner with her paining showing the Depot in foreground left and the old fire station clock tower midground-center.
A silk scarf painting workshop at Jefers Bend in October 2007 at Jefers Bend with Eunice Kern instructor, and the Depot show was a memorial to Carolyn Fuua's art work.
Nancy Stalls was elected President for 2008. Henrietta Kemp was secretary. Carol Lewis was treasurer. There were 49 members.
February 2008 the Depot showed photogrwaphs of Austin Peay student Julian Legg Romano and in March Jason Jackson's work.
In April Princeton artist Joan Hayes Mitchell filled the Depot with works including "Colorful Lilly", "Watermelons". "Sewing Basket Thread", and "After A Thieme"
In May 2008 the Depot hosted Tuckasee Wood Turners, Bob Forsyth club president. Jim Mason of the Hopkinsville Art Guild is a member.
3 May 2008 saw the spring show turn into "Derby Day Arts Festival". A well-publicised event was held at Little River Park, Founders' Square, and vicinity. A storm at 5 AM did not deter the project. Mayor Dan Kemp himself helped sweep water from the site. And his wife Henrietta presided as Guild president. School students painted "Pillars", rectangular prisms of plywood some 6 x 8 feet. There was chalk painting on the concrete circle, a flatbed truck stage with music (including Maggie Estes on violin, guitar duo by the "J-me Worley Band", rock by "Best Secret Revealed", Jim Defoe directing the Community Chorus and the HHS boys' chorus), various dance groups, live radio interviews, and humor by historian William Turner. Jeremy Easley sang "America The Beautiful". Ann Roseberry portrayed "Mother Goosebery". The "Creation Station" for children in the Square shelter was one of the favorite events. Another was broomstick horse racing. All sorts of artists set up booths. Betty Liles painted "live". Tuckasee Wood Turners operated their lathe to demonstrate. Coffee And.... had harp music by Carolyn Milam for Festival goers.
6 May 2008 the Guild met at the Depot, and they met again that later week to plan the Derby Arts Festival.
In June 2008 Betty Liles occupied the Depot, and in August she and Nada Fuqua were primary exhibitors in "Retreat From The Heat" at the Downtown Artists' Cooperative, D.A.C., at Clarksville near the Roxie Theater.
July 2008 "A Yank, A Canuck, And A Southern Bell", photography exhibit by Jeremy Easley, Judy Campbell, and Nancy Stalls, occupied the Depot gallery.
That summer a new artform was brought to the guild with housepainter and wallpaper hanger Bill Schroeder exhibiting at the Depot huge, semi-relief works made with drywall mud and house paint. Striking were an eagle on a tree and a dragon on a tree.
The 2008 juried fall show was again at HCC. Chad Boyd found Best of Show in "Keaton 19" by Suzanne Lavonne Smith of Brentwood, TN. Memorial Awards:
4 October 2008 Chad Boyd held a workshop at Jeffers Bend and 8 November, and that year one was planned for Connie Livingston Dunn on art therapy, also at the Bend, but it was deferred until 2009. Art supplies were collected and donated to the Boys/Girls Club. Late 2008 Henrietta Kemp and Betty Liles teamed up with Cathy Foster of Cadiz to get a website for the Guild.
Linda Pierce painted a Christmas ornament shown at the White House, a native American as drummer boy. She and other ornament artists were honored there 2 December. And 10 December the Guild held a Christmas reception at the Depot.
The January 2009 Depot exhibit featured Columbia, Tennessee, artist Kay Keyes Farrar who prefers "en plein air" with oils. She also showed still life pieces.
And on 23 January our Guild website first went online.
The next month (Feb 9) the first Hopkinsville Art Guild Auction was held at Ms Anne's, just opening on South Main in the former Keightley Funeral Home at 15th and Main. There wer 42 items on sale. Charge for admission was $ 15.00 or $ 20 at the door. Judy Gilkey served as auctioneer.
That same month Linda Pierce's show at the Depot comprised paintings such as "The Bride Prepared", Mama Laughs", "Mama Sings", and "Mama Prays", the latter three of an African-American woman.
The Depot artists in March were from Trace Industries, and in April we had watercolorist Christine Parachek Marshall of Franklin, TN. Many pieces featured animals: "Tenessee Longhorn II", Grazing On The Serengeti", and "Tough Nut", a blue Cockatoo. In May we had "Art Screen" from Nashville.
March 14 Suzanne Smith led a workshop on Color Principles, and April 18 she gave one on Painting the Head.
May 2009 the Guild scheduled its second Derby Arts Festival but was rained out. So efforts were shifted to a July "International Festival" instead. At the mall similar activities were found including sidewalk chalk painting. The Guild got use of a corner shop space, clothing store and decorator shop variously, vacant several years. Despite the purple paint all over art was hung on the abundant wall space. Larissa Moore, Flamenco dancer from Louisville, "The Geezers", and even a belly dancer performed. There was a hammered dulcimer. Various nations had "windows" or other displays in the mall. And there was a parade of nations fashion show in native attire. The Guild had a booth of "Fabulous French Fakes".
For June the monthly meeting was a picnic at Hosta Haven, and Betty Liles filled the Depot slot. On 6 June there was plein air painting at Brushy Fork Creek.
Brandt Hardin had the display in July and "Nature Collage" in August. Jim Mason and Charles Maddux showed their turned wooden objects at the Depot in August.
August 15 and 22 Betty Liles and Henrietta Kemp led a workshop on mixed media abstracts.
The September exhibit at the Depot was by Jane H. Coble, who lived on a 300 acre farm near Nashville, on a bend of the Cumberland River. This was September.
Jim DeFoe exhibited his brightly colored paintings at the Depot in October 2009.
The juried fall show showed 77 of the 152 pieces submitted. Sarah Gutwirth, professor at Murray, gave Best of Show to Larry Frost of Versailles for "Sarah --- An Artist Can Dream".
Prizes totalled $ 4,650.
While the Guild was using the mall space mentioned above in connection with the International Festival, it became evident to all that it would make a great permanent home, a gallery for the Guild to call its own. After considerable planning and negotiating a deal was struck to rent the place for a reasonable fee (after all, lots of store sites in the mall were vacant; and some rent to the owner was better than none) with the understanding the Guild would make improvements. Henrietta Kemp worked out details with Randa Kisselbaugh, who forwarded the agreement to the mall owners. Upon occupation in Ocober 2009 we got paint donated by Lowe's to cover up the purple walls. The carpet was professionaly cleaned.
On Thursday, 29 October 2009, the ribon was severed to open officially Hopkinsville Guild Art Gallery in Bradford Square Mall. Nancy Stalls, president wielded the huge scissors. Mayor Dan Kemp and Judge Executive Steve Tribble were on hand. Griffin Blane had designed a great logo with the word "GUILD" spelled out in 5 large, colored rectangles, "Hopkinsville" arching above and "Art Gallery" arching below. The whole sign was appropriately "aged" and was hung facing mall traffic above the gallery sliding glass door. Betty Liles had transferred the design to wood and had painted it. Bob Liles, Jim Mason, and Milton Campbell lugged the sign up into position. They had penty of advice from the ground.
Shortly before this Mimi Turnbull, who was a member of H.A.G. and lived in Clarksville had been to Japan to visit her ill mother and who herself died, donated by bequest all sorts of art to the Guild: sculpture, ceramics, drawings, sketchbooks, etc. These were gradually sold at the Gallery to help its funding.
The main space was "L"-shaped, surrounding a small kitchen with refrigerator (bought new), microwave (donated), and Roger Selvidge's video library of watercolor painting demonstrations. Behind that were two (one functional) bathrooms. Opposite the kitchen, on the outdoors side of the gallery, was a tiny room apparently once a dressing room, which the Guild used for storeage of folding chairs and tables.
Rooms For Less made loan of easy chairs. Several fine tables were made by the Bogarts, Guild members from Clarksville, and are for sale. The gallery was kept open initially Thursday, Friday, and Saturdays 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. by Guild members rotating 4 hour shifts.
In November 2009 Susanne Cline of Clarksville showed her acrylics at the Depot. On 22 November the Guild had a jewelry-making workshop at Trilogy Center, to which organization the Guild had made a donation. And the last exhibit there was a member show in December. On 5 December Jason Jackson had a workshop on still life painting. In December and January Griffin Blane and Sig Skundberg gave art lessons to children in the new Gallery
On 2 February 2010 there was a meeting of Henrietta Kemp, Lou Gagnon Belair, and Terry Fuqua at the Kemp house to try to develop local control of our website using Dreamweaver software the Guild had purchased. By default Fuqua agreed to manage updating the site.
7 February 2010 a Black and White Painting workshop was led by Erin Jones.
February 20 a fund-raising art auction was held in the central area of the Mall.
At the monthly 10 March meeting a program on framing was presented by Reisa Peters.
April 9, 2010 a Spring Show coincided with the quarterly change of display at the Gallery with a reception plus music by the Geezers.
The third scheduled and second accomplished Derby Arts Festival was Saturday, 1 May 2010, in the Gallery and adjacent mall performance space. Events included dulcimer by Benny Shepherd, a musical group led by Dr. Jeff Riggs, chalk painting on the sidewalk, and an indoor creation station with all sorts of crafts for children.
May 15 the Guild manned a tent at Little River Days in Farmers' Market downtown, and June 5 we had a tent at Cadiz' Janice Mason Art Fair. The former drew little attention, but the latter was popular due to free watercolor painting for children.
9 June 2010 Miss Ann's Tearoom opened in the former Keightly Funeral Home, site of the Guild's first auction, and that day the Guild held a monthly meeting there. Officers were elected: Carolyn Self President, Betty Liles Vice President, Henrietta Kemp Secretary, Carol Lewis Treasurer, and Nada Fuqua Historian.
June 14 - 16 Griffin Blane held Children's Art Camp.
On July 9 the reception for the change of display was repeated, again with the Geezers providing live music, and on July 18 Betty Martyn held a watercolor workshop.
HOPKINSVILLE ART GUILD MEMBERS 2009-2010
Jennifer Fairbanks of Murray conducted a workshop in still life 12 Sepember 2010 at the gallery.
The juried Fall Show took place at H.C.C. October 4-28, 2010. There were 174 entries, and 100 entries were chosen for display. Awards totalled $ 5,450. Dawn Whitelaw of Franklin, TN, was juror. Best of Show went to Christine Allison of Goodlettsville, TN, for her pencil "My Grandparents - The Backbone of America". Other firsts were: Larry Frost in portraits for his oil "le viol de la liberte", Paula Gieseke in still life for her digital photograph "Day of the Dead", Richard Milam in animal art for his oil "It's A Good Morning", Melissa Michel in 3-D for her clay "Beetle Juice", Rita Kent's digital photo "Blue Wall" for the Carolyn Fuqua Award, Carol Peachee's digital photo "Lone Tree With Others" for the Elizabeth Fort Duncan Awar, Richard Hogan's mixed media piece "Dante's The Eighth Circle" for the Doris Hagensick Award, David McBeth's clay "Amish Whiskey Bottle" for the Flip Schrajeijer Award, Stephanie Boh's oil "A Rainy Night And Lots Of Food" for the Bo Lester Award, Beverly Ford Evans' oil on linen "Sun Kissed" for the Patricia Link Award, and Nada Fuqua's "Christmas 1935" for the John Hall (Christmas Card) Purchase Award.
The October 2010 meeting a plaque and honorary membership in the Guild were given to Verna Heltzel for her years of work with the guild. And the treasury had over $ 19,000, prompting discussion of how best to spend it.
14 January 2011 Tony Kirves led a photography workshop, and that evening Dan Wilkinson provided keyboard music for the Gallery reception marking opening of the new exhibit. That month a small space heater was bought to warm the "kepers", and shopping bags were being provided for purchases.
February 15, 2011 the First Annual Valentine's Day Luncheon for military wives was held at the Gallery.
13 March 2011 Linda Pierce led a pastel workshop.
1 April 2011 the PAINT-OFF was held with 7 artists painting live and the finished works raffled off to ticket purchasers. Sales were $200 in tickets plus $900 in paintings sold. And that month the mall management was approached about renting the vacant space adjacent to the gallery for classes and workshops. Work was begun on setting up a "Hopkinsville Art Guild Foundation" as a not-for-profit (501-C-3) organization. Ultimately this did not prove feasible.
May 4, 2011 – The Hopkinsville Art Guild presented Spring into Art, a Paint-off and Reception at the Guild Art Gallery. And by May 2011 a contract had been signed with Bradford Square Mall for the Guild to rent the space adjacent to the Gallery for use as a studio, to be called "Guild Activity Studio". Rent was $250 per month on a month-by-month basis. Volunteers took up floor tiles, repainted the area, and generally rehabilitated it.
On 7 May 2011 the Guild held its fourth annual Derby Day event with music and dancing by area children and adults, a Creation Station to give children a chance to experience free art activities, chalk sidewalk painting, etc. Dancers, bands, and choirs performed. It was free and open to the public. And that month a contract was signed for the new space, H.A.G. Studio or "Gallery Activity Studio". Jack and Lynn Shepherd painted it.
New officers were: Carolyn Self, president; Betty Liles, VP; Janice Cayce, Treas.; Henrietta Kemp secy; Nada Fuqua, historian.
9 July 2011 marked the ARTISTS DEMO DAY. July 10 Charlotte Nelms did a watercolor workshop. And July 11-13 Griffin Blane had Children's Art Camp in the Studio. For a while open studio painting was available to the Guild members each Tuesday morning.
In August member Nada Fuqua had a solo exhibit at D.A.C. in Clarksville, "Landscapes Mostly".
On 15 August 2011 the Guild held a PAINT-N-PARTY to teach the basics of oil painting to total novices. A fee of $40 was levied. Also that month Guild members planned to paint decoratively some original chairs from First Baptist Church's 1950s educational building, but low interest diverted the effort to individual production.
Susan Rochelle made a curtain for the Studio doorway.
29 October Eunice Kern held her workshop on silk scarf painting.
On Saturday, November 12, 2011, the 3rd Annual Hopkinsville Art Guild Art Auction was held in the Guild Art Gallery.
At the end of 2011 Hopkinsville Art Guild members Charlotte Nelms and Betty Liles donated one of their paintings to the Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library for display in the children’s area.
By December there were 106 members and by mid-January 112. The Christmas party was at DOT's Restaurant, later renamed Senior Lopez's.
6 December through 4 January First United Methodist Church exhibited works from its contest, Spiritual Quest. Categories included portrait and figure, still life, landscape and 3-D nativities; all were on a religious theme. Several Guild artists entered. And the annual John Hall Christmas Card contest was won by Linda Pierce. That month dues were raised (effective July 2012) to $45
On 7 January 2012 two workshops were held sequentially at the studio: drawing (by Betty Liles) and pastels (by Risa Peters). Also that month Roeder Implement Company held a contest for paintings of John Deere tractors, with Charlotte Nelms and Nada Fuqua tied for a $500 each first prize.
On 14 February 2012 the second Valentine's Day Luncheon was held for military wives. About two dozen joined some of our members at the Gallery. Mayor Dan Kemp welcomed the gathering.
In February 2012 Linda Pierce had the first showing in the new Studio adjacent to the Gallery. In April it was decided to stop serving wine at receptions to save buying an alcohol license. May 5 the Derby Arts Festival was held. Although some 200 attended, it was decided that the cost of $200 made the effort impractical. So no festival is planned for 2013.
In March 2012 a high school student paint-in was held at H.A.G.
Workshops in 2012 included Drawing by Betty Liles, Pastels by Reisa Peters, Sculptured Letters by Daryle Grenead, Drawing by Suzanne Smith, Begining Oil Painting by Barbara Gardner, Watercolor by Charlotte Nelms, Abstract Painting by Marci Roe.
Throughout July 2012 the Guild patrons purchased works that would go to the Pennyroyal Veterans' Center, a new facility with 50 beds offering drug rehabilitation and educational activities. A reception at the Gallery 10 July 2012 launched the program.
On 7 October 2012 winners were announced for that Pennyroyal Juried Art Exhibition. Best of Show was Morning Serenade, an acrylic by Mel Garbark of Benton. First place in Portrain-Figure went to Monica Dahl for her oil, Afternoon Nap. Still Life Carolyn Fuqua Memorial Award winner was Martha Sedberry's Love. Landscape (the Elizabeth Fort Duncan Prize) went to William Brison for Shady Lane. Winner of the Experimental category was Jennifer Utterback's Contentment. 3-D winner was Jesse Jaques for So So Tractor. First in the Animal category was William Brison's Ready. Suzanne Lavone Smith of Brentwood, TN, was juror.
In January 2013 there were two art workshops at the H.A.G. studio --- drawing by Betty Liles & pastels by Risa Peters. On 13 March 2013 H.A.G. had a luncheon for Ft. Campbell wives. And 16 May 2013 Gale Hagensick, longstanding member and treasurer, died.
In June 2013 the Guild held its first Juried Photo Exhibition, GET FOCUSED, juried by Teresa Gemeinhardt. Nancy Stalls won the "Classic" category with "Waiting".Then in July 2 camps were held, the first KIDS ART CAMP, divided into ages 5 to 7 and 8 to 12. Two elementary teachers directed the project.
The summer of 2013 Guild members launched a book project, " 'H' Is For Hopkinsville", a book illustrated with art works representing some feature associated with Hopkinsville for each letter of the alphabet. The idea came from Louisville and Paducah guilds. "A" was Alhambra Theater, etc.
On 6 October 2013 the 43rd annual Juried Pennyroyal Art Exhibition opened at Hopkinsville Community College with about 30 people at the reception. 64 objects had been chosen from over 100 entries. Cynthia Marsh of Austin Peay was judge. Best in Show was Pathway, a pastel by Nadine Wilkerson of Scottsville.. She also won drawing with her Blush Rose. Winner in Painting went to Jennifer Fairbanks of Murray for her oil Birdnest. Mixed Media was won by Beverly Parker of Clarksville with "Hurry! Hurry! L&N Train Depot". 3-D was won by Guy Bozard with a carved walnut bowl. Dee Ann Yates took first place in Photography with "Farming At Rest".
2014 started with a luncheon for military spouses at the Gallery 17 March.
In May 2014 a High School Art Contest was held. Twenty-one students from the two public schools entered. Heritage and University Heights declined to enter. Brianna Cottrell won Best of Show and first in Drawing. Crystal Kilebrew took first in Painting, Shelby Barron first in Mixed Media, Sonya Peter first in 3-D Fiber, and Natalie Iannaggi first in Photography. All were honored at a reception following the Executive Committee meeting 15 May.
On 12 July 2014 the Guild had a demonstration at Farmers' Market with artists and wood turners.
20 September 2014 the big move started from the original gallery at Bradford Square Mall to the new gallery on Sixth Street. The official opening was on 1 October.The Hopkinsville Art Guild's 2014 Pennyroyal Juried Art Exhibition was in the Hopkinsville Community College Auditorium Gallery in October 2014. Juror Jennifer Fairbanks of Murray, KY, selected the following Show Awards:
Best of Show to Jason Jackson, Cedar Hill, TN
Carolyn Fuqua Memorial Award to Linda Pierce, Hopkinsville, KY
Jane Newsom Memorial Award to Tommy Fletcher, Paducah, KY
Drawing First Place Award to Steve Clay, Glasgow, KY
Drawing Second Place Award to Deborah Allison, Fountain Run, KY
Drawing Merit Award to Carolie Booth, Fountain Run, KY
Painting First Place Award to Steve Clay, Glasgow, KY
Painting Second Place Award to Jason Jackson, Cedar Hill, TN
Painting Merit Award to Betty Liles, Hopkinsville, KY
Mixed Media/Collage First Place Award to Richard Hogan, Clarksville, TN
Mixed Media/Collage Second Place Award to Lori Short, Glasgow, KY
Mixed Media/Collage Merit Award to Murray Blake, Hopkinsville, KY
Photography First Place Award to Teresa Gemeinhardt, Murray, KY
Photography Second Place Award to Nancy Stalls, Hopkinsville, KY
Photography Merit Award to Beverly Parker, Clarksville, TN
3-D/Fiber First Place Award to Frank Lyne, Adairville, KY
3-D/Fiber Second Place Award to Patricia Ferrell, Crofton, KY
3-D/Fiber Merit Award to Guy Bozard, Clarksville, TN
In July 2015 we developed a plan to establish two entities, Hopkinsville Art Guild as a not-for-profit corporation and Hopkinsville Art Guild Gallery as the business arm leasing and operating the Sixth Street structure. The Guild would be responsible for art promulgation, lessons, workshops, contests, and the like. This move shouls enable us to solicit tax-deductible contributions for expenses associated with the Guild.
Also in July 2015 we held a workshop for special needs children The project was making bird houses from used soda bottles.
29 August 2015 SALUTE SATURDAY, a city-wide event in appreciation of Ft. Campbell, included a Guild-Gallery tent across from the Gallery on Sixth Street. Members helped children make head-dresses and fireworks paintings.
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