“Hula Hoops” debuted at the Impressions Art Show November 2021 where it received the honor of ‘Best of Show’.

This was the last art exhibit at the historic Ice House Gallery, which was destroyed by the December 10 tornado. “Hula Hoops” stayed on the wall and survived the storm.


John says:

“This was a vision in a flying dream.  One of those dreams when you’re flying and looking down on the world and seeing fun things.”

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“Hula Hoops”

Watercolor by John McLaren
Art 28 x 20

“Best of Show”, Impressions 2021

Ice House Gallery
Mayfield/Graves County Art Guild
Mayfield, KY

Juror’s Statement (Brian Parks):
It is always a challenge to select a “best of show” from a group of such strong varied pieces.  Hula Hoops caught my attention from a distance and then kept it the closer I got. Visually Hula Hoops is a splendid assortment of organic and geometric shapes dancing and intermingled together with very pleasing balance. The energetic rings of the hula hoops help bridge to subtle rectangles with the bodies hula hooping. The odd point of view adds excitement by giving the hoops the full attention by displaying them all as near perfect circles.  Technically I am marveled at the layers and masking that the artist implemented.  The colors are not overpowering or too bright. While I am impressed with all the technical aspects displayed, I found myself going back to this painting over and over just to look at it and enjoy it!

We are proud supporters of the Ice House Gallery (Mayfield/Graves County Art Guild) and salute the community they serve. Their combined efforts made it possible for the Exhibits, Events, and Classes for all ages to take place this year, despite the loss of their building. 

We invite you to support them by joining them, attending or participating in an event, exhibit, or class, or by making a direct donation. Find out more about Mayfield/Graves County Art Guild