The second quarter artwork for the 2016 Mayor’s Art Club currently is on display featuring the entries for the Dogwood Art & Photography Contest and paintings by artist Michael G. Crouse. The public can view the artwork through the end of June. With the exception of holidays, City Hall is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Depending upon the Mayor's meeting schedule, access to the artwork in her office may be periodically restricted.
The artwork of Michael G. Crouse (pictured to the right) is on display in the Mayor’s office at City Hall. Crouse is a multi-media printmaker whose work encompasses the printmaking processes of relief, lithography, intaglio, screen-printing, and monotype. He has produced prints and mixed media work for more than forty years. Crouse has a diploma from Kendall School of Design, a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Atlanta College of Art, and a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Michigan. For 26 years, he taught printmaking courses at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Crouse, a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, has spent quite a bit of time in Europe, both as a student and as a contributing artist. In 2006, Michael founded BrokenStone Press in Paducah’s Lower Town Arts District. He also has served as a director for the Yeiser Art Center in Paducah and taught art courses at West Kentucky Community & Technical College. Crouse’s prints have been exhibited in galleries throughout the U.S. in addition to England, South Korea, Canada, Vietnam, the Netherlands, and Spain.
In the Mayor’s reception area at City Hall, 52 entries, including the winners, for the Dogwood Art & Photography Contest are on display. The three winners in the art category are 1st place-Frank Bennett; 2nd place-Katherine English, and 3rd place-Nancy Calcutt. The three winners in the photography category are 1st place-Basil Drossos, 2nd place-Phyllis Russell, and 3rd place-Paul Grumley. The Paducah Civic Beautification Board teamed up with the Paducah School of Art & Design to coordinate the contest.
The artists or art groups confirmed at this time to participate in the 2016 Mayor’s Art Club are as follows:
Each quarter of the calendar year, two artists or art groups have the opportunity to display their artwork in the Mayor’s office and reception area on the second floor of City Hall. This is the fourth year for the Mayor’s Art Club.
The artists or groups who participated in the 2015 Mayor's Art Club are as follows:
2015 Mayor's Art Club Reception and First Quarter Artists >>
2015 Mayor's Art Club Second Quarter Artists >>
2015 Mayor's Art Club Third Quarter Artists >>
2015 Mayor's Art Club Fourth Quarter Artists >>
The eight artists or art groups who participated in the 2014 Mayor’s Art Club are as follows:
2014 Fourth Quarter Artists >>
2014 Third Quarter Artists >>
2014 Second Quarter Artists >>
2014 Mayor's Art Club Reception and First Quarter Artists >>
Announcement of Reception and Artists >>
Call for 2014 Artists >>
In January 2013, one of Mayor Gayle Kaler’s first initiatives as mayor of the City of Paducah was to launch the Mayor’s Art Club. Mayor Kaler presented a proclamation and provided an overview of the Mayor’s Art Club at the January 22 City Commission meeting.
The eight artists who participated in the 2013 Mayor's Art Club are as follows:
Note: This display has been dismantled.
In addition to the artwork currently on display in the Mayor’s office and reception area on the second floor of City Hall, artwork depicting the American flag is on display in the lobby of City Hall on the first floor through July 4, 2013.
Mayor Kaler says, “Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Independence Day are set aside for Americans to remember and honor those who have fought for us to keep the privileges and freedoms granted by the U.S. Constitution. The American flag is the symbol of our heritage that unites all Americans. I’m honored to have so many beautiful works of art showing the American flag in City Hall.”
In April, Mayor Gayle Kaler asked for artists to submit photos, drawings, paintings, etchings, or fiber art of the American flag. Currently twelve items from seven artists are on display in City Hall ranging from paintings on large pieces of Styrofoam, a flag made entirely of pieces of wood, artwork using paint chips, and various paintings. The artists with artwork on display are Michelle Clutts, Kris Courtney, Joan Dance, Tammy Ferns, Mary Ruth “Tutu” Maggard, Jannette Parent, and Gay Speirbhain.
The public can view the patriotic artwork when City Hall is open, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.