Saturday, June 13, 2009
Paducah's Artist Relocation Program - Saturday
We met artist Nancy Calcutt in her gallery in Paducah's Lower Town Arts District. It was open studio day, which comes around every second Saturday of the month.
This town of some 26,000 people created an amazing program in 2000 in which they help artists relocate from other parts of the country to the historic neighborhood. Nancy told us that the artists meet once a month to discuss the business end of being an artist in a community like this, since many of them had had showings, etc., but hadn't owned their own space before.
Know an established artist who could use a break? Send them to the Artist Relocation Program, and they might just end up with their own home/gallery/studio. There's info and an application on the site. I just looked at the available properties and they are really amazing.
Her portraits are my favorite. Love the colors in this one.
I recognized the subject of the painting to the bottom right as someone we'd just seen hanging out at Etcetera. He's a local.
Nancy's home on the left and gallery/studio on the right.
Wow, do you think they could use some writers down there to round out the culture? I'd be willing to put my words on a wall!
Observe the dreamy expression on KFlight's face when talking about practicing her own art form, pottery. I hope she does get into a class before too long. It's so good for the soul to get caught up in your art, whatever it is.