THE PADUCAH WASTELANDERS PROUDLY ANNOUNCE THEIR 10th ANNUAL SUMMER SOLSTICE ART EXHIBITION ANDCELEBRATION OF NEW WORKS. THE OPENING WILL BE JUNE 18TH, 2016, FROM 5 - 8PM AT THE HISTORIC JOE'S
MARKET BUILDING, 10TH AND PARK AVENUE, PADUCAH, KENTUCKY.
EXHIBITING WASTELANDER ARTISTS ARE BEN WALKER,
JANE VITERISI, LANELLE MASON, JASON HARGROVE, JUANITA NEAL GILLIAM,
NANCY FLOWERS, MARK DONHAM, PAULA DANBY, AND E.J. ABELL.
THE WASTELANDERS PROUDLY PRESENT GUEST ARTISTS JOE VITERISI, GAY SPEIRBHAIN, PHILIP MCCABE, AND BOB DANBY.
THE PUBLIC IS INVITED, ADMISSION IS FREE, AND REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED. COME JOIN US AND CELEBRATE THE LONGEST DAY WITH THE WASTELANDERS.
THIS SHOW IS DEDICATED TO KRISTI HANSON, WASTELANDER ARTIST THAT PASSED AWAY IN JANUARY OF THIS YEAR.
A SPECIAL BONUS IN THIS SHOW IS A DISPLAY OF JOE VITERISI'S COLLECTION OF ANTIQUE RESTORED METAL TOOLS AND GADGETS.
THE PADUCAH WASTELANDERS 8th Annual NEW YEAR'S EVE ART EXHIBITION and CELEBRATION 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!
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.
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 lost Sarah Roush to cancer in 2010, but the group has continued to work and exhibit. Current Wastelanders are:
E.J. Abell, David Brown, Paula Danby, Mark Donham, Nancy Flowers, Juanita Gilliam, Kristi Hanson, Jason Hargrove, LaNelle Mason, Jane Viterisi, Ben Walker
"Circus Lady" painting by Sarah Roush
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.