LowerTown Arts

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Next Thursday, June 18, Paducah Main Street hosts a new community event to introduce the artists that make up this UNESCO designated arts city. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Melinda Winchester about "Meet the Artists," who reminds us that "people come to Paducah from all over the world to see our art, meet our artists and see we what we have here." She talks about how Paducah got the designation and gives a preview of the artists you'll see at this free event at the restored historic Coca Cola plant.

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The Yeiser Art Center opens a show of Jimmy Nichols Clay Botanicals with a reception Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. Along with exhibiting clay botanicals from private collections, for this show the artist is also making a container of life-sized Hollyhocks, a gardenia topiary as well as a garden size container holding a peony bush. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte asks Dr. Rob Robertson, an avid collector of Jimmy Nichols' work, about his regard for the artist.

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On Friday, WKCTC received a $400,000 donation from Paducah's Carson-Myre Charitable Foundation to finish Phase 3 of the Paducah School of Art and Design campus project. Paul Aho, Dean of PSAD, speaks with Kate Lochte about the renovations to the Kitchens Building and the multitude of programs that will be housed in the new building upon completion, including a recent "surprise" addition.

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The Yeiser Art Center hosts an opening reception Saturday for the new exhibition, "This Land and Its People" 137 paintings by Paducah artist Clyde Lawter centered on American landscapes and the people that inhabit them. The artist laughs when he says that his paintings "will be hung salon style, floor to ceiling, bumper to bumper." Kate Lochte speaks with the artist on Sounds Good.

In her 8th decade, Paducah painter Jane Bright opens her first solo show at Ruth Baggett Gallery this Saturday. "Jane Bright Landscapes" runs June 7 through July 4 at 1025 Jefferson in Paducah. There's an opening reception Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. Kate speaks with Bright on Sounds Good.

In our final feature about the 2014 LowerTown Arts & Music Festival in Paducah, we hear music by the Bowling Green band, Fat Box. The band headlines on the main stage tonight (Friday) starting at 9. Kate Lochte speaks with lead guitarist Clay Powell. 

St. Louis based artist Don Tran demonstrates and sells Vietnamese hand-sewn silk embroideries at festivals nationally and is among sixty-plus artists at the LowerTown Arts & Music Festival this weekend. His embroidery took a best in show this year at the Cherokee Triangle Art Festival in Louisville. Tran demonstrates his process at the festival and speaks with Kate on Sounds Good.

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Joe Dumas uses natural Alabama sandstone and solid steel to create one-of-a-kind furniture, used inside or outside the home. He named his art business, Yellow Dog Enterprises, after his beloved labrador retrievers, not because of any political affiliation. Dumas is among 60 or more artists bringing their works to show, sell, and for some - demonstrate, at the LowerTown Arts & Music Festival in Paducah tomorrow and Saturday. Yellow Dog Enterprise works are called mixed media in the Festival listing. Kate Lcohte finds out more with Joe Dumas on Sounds Good.

Soul Dog is a Purchase Area-based band that performs soul and classic rock favorites from the likes of Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Smokey Robinson, the Beatles, Van Morrison, David Bowie and more. They'll be joining the line-up of local artists at the LowerTown Arts & Music Festival this weekend in Paducah. Soul Dog takes the main stage Saturday at 5 p.m. and the Harrison Stage at 7:30. Bassist Kevin Qualls joins Kate Lochte in the studio on Sounds Good for a preview.

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Michael Crouse is a LowerTown-based multi-media printmaker, working in the processes of relief, lithography, intaglio, screen-printing, and monotype. He's exhibiting at the LowerTown Arts and Music Festival Friday and Saturday in Paducah. During Sounds Good we learn more about his setting up a press for demonstrations there.

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