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Monthly Gallery Walk to be held Saturday

By Becca Schimmelrschimmel@murraystate.edu

Lower Town will have its Second Saturday Gallery Walk and yard sale next weekend.

The event is organized by the artists in Lower Town and has been going on for at least 10 years. On the second Saturday of the month, galleries are able to show off their space, and participants as well can enjoy the historic neighborhood walk from noon to 6 p.m.

Many galleries such as Ephemera at 333 North 9th Street will feature small sales. 

Owner Kristin Williams encourages people to come out and visit the different galleries, even if they have been before.

"Lower Town evolves. It's not like you come one time and have the same experience the next time," Williams said. "I think it's important to (visit) at least a few times a year because there are different things going on."

Bill Renzuilli, owner of Gallery 5, 803 Madison St., said it's important for people to come to Lower Town to support the artists in their community.

"It's simply about reminding people that there are artists in the city and in the neighborhood that like to show their work," Renzuilli said.

"Some people say that they have lived in Paducah for 10 years and never knew that this (arts district) was here," said Char Downs, owner of Pinecone Studio and Gallery at 421 N. 7th St.

Downs said she plans to sell some of her older pieces Saturday at the gallery and in the neighborhood yard sale, which begins at 8:30 a.m. There will be art work and art supplies available.

"Artists have to purge periodically," Downs said, as she points to a storage of her art in a section of the gallery.

Downs enjoys the adventure of mixed media. This is clear from the feathers, oil paintings, horns and other mediums used to create the work that decorates her walls.

"Most people come in here thinking that there are five or more artists in here because of the mixed media, but it's just me," Downs said.

She is constantly inspired by her surroundings in the historic arts district and, if she ever gets the artist equivalent of writer's block, all she has to do is go next door or a few doors down to be inspired again.

Ephemera will be open from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Pinecone Studio & Gallery from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Gallery 5 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Contact Becca Schimmel, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8652.

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