Second Annual Meet the Artists Event Set for September 15, 2016

The fourth event in the Creative Collaborations series developed by the Paducah Arts Advisory Committee will be held Thursday, September 15.  On that date, enjoy the second annual Meet the Artists, A Celebration of Art & Community from 4 until 8 p.m. at the Paducah School of Art & Design’s new 2D/Graphic Building (recently rehabilitated historic Kitchens Building) located at 905 Harrison Street.   Free parking is available.

Meet the Artists is an opportunity for Paducah artists and art groups to connect and reconnect with the public, build relationships, share their stories, and show their art.  The public will be able to mingle with the artists to talk about their work, the community, and their inspirations.  This is a free event with more than 65 artists from around the region coming together to celebrate art and show their appreciation of the community that supports them.

Downtown Development Specialist/Paducah Main Street Director Melinda Winchester says, “The enthusiasm surrounding our 2015 debut event surpassed all expectations and encouraged us to continue to create more opportunities for artists to connect with the public. At this time, 65 local artists have committed to attend this free event for the public.” 

Individual artists and art groups including the Paducah Arts Alliance, Yeiser Art Center, Bricolage Art Collective, Art Guild of Paducah, and PAPA Gallery will be in attendance.  Paducah School of Art and Design faculty will also host an exhibit in the Bill Ford Gallery.

Winchester adds, “Paducah’s creative cultural community continues to enrich our city, enhance our personal lives, change perspectives, and broaden our horizons. By engaging the public with our diverse artists and crafts persons, we help foster education, promote community spirit, and create a distinctive city.”

Paducah Mayor Gayle Kaler initiated the creation of the Paducah Arts Advisory Committee to encourage the various artists and cultural entities to collaborate and create events that further promote Paducah’s creative industry.  The committee consists of representatives from Paducah Main Street, the Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Paducah School of Art & Design, and various Lower Town artists and business owners.  In addition to the Meet the Artists event, the Creative Collaborations series included this year New River Currents held on March 12, the Lower Town Arts & Music Festival Open Studios on May 13 and 14, and Working Together: Collaborative Exhibition on June 16.

The sponsors and partners for Meet the Artists are Paducah Main Street, the Paducah Convention and Visitors Bureau, Paducah Economic Development, and the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce. 

For more information about Paducah Main Street and Meet the Artists, contact Winchester at mwinchester@paducahky.gov or at 270-444-8690.

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