2014 Mayor's Art Club
The public and media are invited to City Hall at 4:30 on Friday, February 7 for a reception to meet the artists selected for the second year of the Mayor’s Art Club.
After a successful inaugural year for the Mayor’s Art Club in 2013, Mayor Gayle Kaler decided to continue the displaying of local art at City Hall. Each quarter of the calendar year, two artists or art groups will have the opportunity to display their artwork in the Mayor’s office and reception area on the second floor of City Hall.
Mayor Kaler says, “Paducah is an internationally known city for its arts and creativity. We are proud to have earned recently the designation as a UNESCO City of Crafts and Folk Art. This designation honors everyone who helps make Paducah vibrant. I feel it also honors each individual artist. Providing an opportunity for pieces of local artwork from paintings to fiber art to photography to be displayed at City Hall is just one way to say thank you to everyone who sees the creativity and beauty in Paducah.”
The eight artists or art groups participating in the 2014 Mayor’s Art Club are as follows:
- Mary Ruth “Tutu” Maggard, on exhibit January-March 28
- Bill Ford, on exhibit January-March 28
- Rose Hughes, on exhibit April 1-June 27
- Dogwood Trail Art and Photography Contest Winners, on exhibit April-June 27
- Chuck Ehrsam, on exhibit July 1-September 26
- Stefanie Graves and David Lucht, on exhibit July 1-September 26
- Jane Viterisi, on exhibit October 1-December 31
- Jane Bright, on exhibit October 1-December 31
2014 Mayor's Art Club News Releases
2014 Mayor's Art Club Reception and First Quarter Artists >>
Announcement of Reception and Artists >>
Call for 2014 Artists >>
2013 Mayor's Christmas Ornament Contest
As part of the Mayor’s Art Club, Paducah Mayor Gayle Kaler is organizing a contest for students to hand-craft Christmas ornaments that will be used to decorate trees in City Hall. The contest is for all students, kindergarten through 12th grade, who are City of Paducah residents. For details including submission deadline, ornament criteria, and submission form, visit Student Christmas Ornament Contest.
2013 Mayor's Art Club
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.
Mayor Kaler asked for artists who live in McCracken County to submit photos of their work with a January 31 deadline for consideration. A committee consisting of Paducah School of Art Director Paul Aho, Yeiser Art Center Executive Director Josh White, and Rosemarie Steele, arts promoter, reviewed the 27 entries on February 1 and narrowed the list to eight artists. All forms of art were accepted and the eight selected artists showcase a diversity of disciplines ranging from sculptors and ceramists to photographers and painters. Each juror rated the submissions on a 4 point grading system and then chose the highest ranking pieces within the various media.
Each quarter of the calendar year, two of the eight artists will have the opportunity to display their artwork at City Hall in either the Mayor's office or reception area. Please email questions about the Mayor's Art Club to firstname.lastname@example.org.
An opening reception was held at noon on February 14, 2013 at City Hall to meet the artists selected for the inaugural Mayor’s Art Club and enjoy the first installment of artwork.
Photo Gallery from February 14 Opening Reception >>
The eight artists are as follows:
- Joan Dance, Folk Art Painter, on exhibit February 14-March 29
- Paul Lorenz, Abstract Painter/Drawer, on exhibit February 14-March 29
- Lily Shapiro, Photographer, on exhibit April 4-June 28
- Freda Fairchild, Printmaker, on exhibit April 4-June 28
- William Renzulli, Painter, on exhibit July 5-September 27
- BiLan Liao, Painter, on exhibit July 5-September 27
- Linda Odgen, Sculptor, on exhibit October 3-December 27
- Jenny Fuller, Painter, on exhibit October 3-December 27
2013 Mayor's Art Club News Releases
Fourth Quarter Exhibits, Linda Ogden and Jenny Fuller >>
Third Quarter Exhibits, BiLan Liao and William Renzulli >>
Second Quarter Exhibits, Fairchild and Shapiro >>
First Quarter Exhibits, Dance and Lorenz >>
Announcement of Reception and Eight Artists >>
Call for Artists >>
American Flag Display
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.
Call for Artists (April 18, 2013 release) >>