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Mayor names third quarter artists

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The third quarter artwork for the 2014 Mayor's Art Club is currently on display at Paducah City Hall on South Fifth Street.  The exhibit features photography by Chuck Ehrsam and artwork by Stefanie Graves and her husband, David Lucht, of Cowango Studios.

The public can view the artwork Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until late September.

Photography by Ehrsam, an artist, educator and environmentalist, explores the beauty of light as it interacts with nature. Ehrsam hikes state and national parks to find those unique moments captured in his photographs. He and his wife, Linda, are in the process of compiling a guide book of regional natural places.

Ehrsam's photography is on display in the mayor's office.

In the mayor's reception area, see the work by Graves and Lucht of Cowango Studios, located in Lower Town. Graves is a self-taught artist who enjoys the freshness, spontaneity and fluidity of watercolor.

Graves said her work is "inspired in equal parts by the ordinary and exotic ... my paintings represent my sense of curiosity, wonderment and awe at the world around me."

Lucht is a contemporary realist experimental artist who creates his pieces using the wax resist medium of batik painting.

"In batik the image and the cloth become a fully integrated thing. There is no surface decoration in batik. The image is established in the fiber of the cloth," he said. "To me that is a very powerful idea."

Other participating artists or art groups in the 2014 Mayor's Art Club are: Mary Ruth "Tutu" Maggard, first quarter; Bill Ford, first quarter; Rose Hughes, second quarter; Dogwood Trail Art and Photography Contest Winners, second quarter; Jane Viterisi, fourth quarter; and Jane Bright, fourth quarter.

Mayor Gayle Kaler began the Mayor's Art Club in 2013 to allow local artists the opportunity to display their work. 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.

For more information about the Mayor's Art Club including exhibit dates, visit www.paducahky.gov/paducah/mayors-art-club-0.

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