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THE PADUCAH WASTELANDERS PROUDLY ANNOUNCE THEIR 11th ANNUAL SUMMER ART EXHIBITION AND

CELEBRATION OF NEW WORKS.  THE OPENING WILL BE JULY 29, 2017, FROM 5 - 7PM AT THE BILL FORD GALLERY IN THE PADUCAH SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN AT 9TH AND HARRISON IN PADUCAH. 

EXHIBITING WASTELANDER ARTISTS ARE 
BEN WALKER

LANELLE MASONJASON HARGROVEJUANITA NEAL GILLIAM, JANE VITERISI,

MARK DONHAM NANCY FLOWERS, E.J. ABELL, PAULA DANBY, AND

SANDRA PFEIFER.



Live Music will be performed by Metropolis singer and performer Rhonda James.


THE PUBLIC IS INVITED, ADMISSION IS FREE, AND REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED.  COME JOIN US  AND CELEBRATE THE SUMMER WITH THE WASTELANDERS.


THIS SHOW IS DEDICATED TO KRISTI HANSON, JERRY WATSON, AND SARAH ROUSH - WASTELANDER ARTIST THAT HAVE GONE BEFORE US BUT WERE A CRITICAL PART OF OUR GROUP AND ARE MISSED BEYOND WORDS.

THE PADUCAH WASTELANDERS 10th Annual NEW YEAR'S EVE SHOW AT THE YEISER WAS A HUGE SUCCESS.  WE THANK ALL OUR FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS WHO CAME AND ENJOYED A  EVENING WITH US  AT THE OPENING!  

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PADUCAH

WASTELANDERS


The Paducah Wastelanders are a group of artists from the region in and around Paducah, Kentucky.  The group was founded in 2007 by a group of Paducah area artists which preceded the “Artist Relocation Program” and the attempts by the city to renovate the old Lowertown area of Paducah into an artists’ community. 

An important leader in formation of the group was the late Sarah Roush.  Sarah was a visionary artist who was at the forefront of renovation of the historic Market House Square, and is noticed every day by people in downtown Paducah through her colorful handmade ceramic tile facades that she created and installed on two buildings in downtown Paducah.  Sarah provided the exhibition space for the first 4 years of Wastelander exhibitions.

Since the passing of Sarah, we have lost two other important members, Jerry Watson, and Kristi Hanson.  Jerry was an accomplished painter.  There is more information regarding Jerry below.  Kristi was well known for her gourd sculptures and paintings.  She worked tirelessly to help the Wastelanders succeed.  We continue in our work in honor of their lives and contribution to the visual arts in our community.

The Wastelanders have exhibited on New Year’s eve and on the Summer Solstice since 2007—exhibitions that feature new work.  The Wastelanders have also featured guest artists from the region in every show. 

We have lost Sarah Roush, Jerry Watson, and Kristi Hanson all to cancer, but the group has continued to work and exhibit.  Current Wastelanders are:

E.J. Abell, Paula Danby, Mark Donham, Nancy Flowers

Juanita Neal Gilliam, Jason Hargrove,

LaNelle Mason, Sandra Pfeifer,  Jane Viterisi, Ben Walker,  


                                                        "Circus Lady" painting by Sarah Roush


JERRY WATSON

 In 2014 we lost member Jerry Watson.  Jerry was a highly acclaimed and widely exhibited painter who invented and perfected a style of painting that became known as “hard-edged” painting.   This style took cityscapes and building interiors and painted each corner, object, color and shape as if it were cut out with a razor knife.  Shadows were prominent.   Often, but not always, in the middle of this sharp-edged scene, an object, such as a broom, would be there leaning against a pole or wall or hanging.  This object usually had color and softness to contrast with the brash opposites of light and color he saw in these scenes.  The scenes were painted to perfection.  He showed never ending support for the visual arts in Paducah.  Jerry and work will always be a great inspiration to all of us.

This painting, of an interior room in the Johnson Brokerage building in Paducah, where Jerry maintained a studio for years with fellow Paducah painter the late Bob Evans, is the largest painting ever completed by Jerry.  It measures 4 feet x 6 feet and is privately owned.   This is a good example of his hard edged style.


 


KRISTI HANSON

  We lost Kristi in 2016.  Kristi had developed a unique style of sculpting gourds into creative, remarkable pieces such as flowers, animals, and human figures.  She also was an accomplished painter.  Her works were exhibited at the Yeiser, the Ice House gallery in Mayfield, the Mitchell Museum in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, and elsewhere.  She worked with Nancy Flowers at Gallery 600 in Paducah for over a decade and was highly skilled at art presentation, repair, and restoration.  She worked tirelessly on behalf of the Wastelanders. 


 
KRISTI HANSON:  "THE KING AND HIS MIGHTY STEED"