CORIANNE EGAN | The Sun
Art can be scary. In a world of high-price and high-end masterpieces, it is often difficult to figure out where to start. There’s confusion — there is so much variety it can sometimes seem complicated and even scary — that sometimes can throw buyers off.
That is the main purpose behind the Affordable Art Show in Paducah on Thursday.
“We invite a lot of people who feel intimidated or don’t know what to expect from an art show,” coordinator Nikki May said. “It’s not always about a $9,000 painting. There are great things you can get for $100 or even less. The range of stuff is incredible.”
The Affordable Art show, which is in its third year at Philosophy Gallery, features some of the most prominent artists in town. Art starts at just $25, although May says there are a few items that are cheaper.
“We have something for every price range,” May said. “But the important thing is that the artists are there accessible, at the show, to meet and talk to. There is art from every type of discipline. It really is an experience.”
The show includes paintings, ceramics, 3D art and conceptual pieces. Among the items available are art by Paul Aho, Coco Babenco, Diane Bay, Elise Merideth Beattie, BiLan Liao, Tracey Buchanan, Barbara Clark, Karen Crane, Michael Crouse, Joan Dance, Mark Donham, Char Downs, Andrew C. Eller Jr., Charlotte Erwin, Ike Erwin, Freda Fairchild, Stefanie Graves, Kristi Hanson, John Hasegawa, Steve Hecklinger, Terri Hjetland, Lindsay Hornsby, Keyth Kahrs, Mitch Kimball, Jessica Joy Leatherman, Lily Liu, Paul Lorenz, David Lucht, Carolyn MacKay, Wil MacKay, Shane Martin, LaNelle Mason, Amy Taylor Nolan, Jerry Oliver, William Renzulli, Heather and John Romang, Harvey and Susan Sadow, Julie Shaw, Shand Stamper, Michael Terra, Pam Treadaway and May.
“The show is a good introduction,” May said. “People can come up with what they like, and see pieces they may want to save up for. They can begin to have their style, to start a collection. This is just a sampling, but it helps people come into the art world.”