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Ongoing Events
  • Second Saturday Gallery Walk
    2nd Saturday of each month,
    LowerTown Arts District. Noon-8 pm

    Download the Second Saturday newsletter, and don't forget to also stop by Aphrodite Gallery, Aspire Arts and Terra Cottage!
  • Farmer's Market, 2nd and Monroe
    Monday-Saturday, 7:30 am-3:30 pm
  • LowerTown Tai Chi, Texaco Station
    3rd Saturday of each month, 7:30-8:15 am
  • Paducah Writer's Group Reading
    Etcetera Coffeehouse, 7:30-10:30 pm
    Go to www.maidenalleycinema.com for a complete listing of shows

    Oct 1 - Rock That Uke with Live Music,
    Q & A with filmmaker
    Oct 2-4 - Cold Souls
    , w/Paul Giamatti
    Oct 3 - Movies for me/An American Tail

    Oct 9-11 - Adam
    Oct 12 - O Brother, Where Art Thou?
October Events
  • Through October Teri Moore Exhibit
    AIR Studio/Studio Miska
  • 3 - Market House Theatre River City Ghost Tour: Legends & Lore: Fund Raiser Gala Party & Trolley Tours,
    Market House Theatre 6:30, 7:30, 8:30
  • Through October - A Little Touch of Africa: African themed jewelry & colored pencil drawings by Jamie Strong
    The Egg & I Gallery
  • 7 - Grand Opening Potential Pearls,
    309 Broadway 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • 8 - Yoga for Survivors' Class
    Paducah Yoga Center 5:30-6:30 pm
  • 8 - Fountain Avenue Neighborhood Fall Festival, Lang Park 5-9 pm
  • 9 - Reception for Women’s Work: an exhibit featuring the art work of 30 women, Mentor House Gallery 5-8 pm
  • 9 - WE THREE...small works by Keyth Kahrs, Wil McKay, and William Renzulli Leaping Trout Studio, 5-8 pm
  • 10 - Shop to Support Breast Cancer Research LowerTown Arts District & Historic Downtown, Noon- 8 pm
  • 10 - Fight like a Woman Journal Class, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month Working Artist Studio, 10 am-4 pm
  • 10 - Merri Melde: The Equestrian Vagabond, Judeen’s Art Studio & Gallery, 720 Harrison 3-8 pm
  • 10 - Tree Carving
    Across from Pinecone Art Gallery,
    front yard of Studio Mars Noon - 6pm
  • 10 - Opening Reception: Wood-O-Rama, an exhibition of functional and non-functional wood objects.
    Yeiser Art Center, 5-7 p.m. Thu Nov. 7
  • 10 - Halloween Treat Bags
    The National Quilt Museum
  • 14-17 - Good Grief: Wounded Hearts, Healing Quilts Workshop
    The National Quilt Museum
  • 17 - Movie on the Lawn @ Carson Center, Maiden Alley Cinema, 7:30 p.m.
  • 17 - Reception for Paducah School of Art Student Show, Pinecone Art Gallery 6-8 pm. Through Oct. 31
  • 17, 24, 31- River City Ghost Tours, Market House Theatre 6:30, 7:30, 8:30
  • 22 - More Kentucky Ghosts: a presentation by Lynwood Montell
    McCracken County Library 7 p.m.
  • 22 - Buy Local Trade Show
    Expo Center, 2-7 pm
  • 22-25 - Screamfest
    Maiden Alley Cinema
  • 27 - Guy's Night Out presents Road House, (ladies welcome)
    Maiden Alley Cinema 6 pm
  • 29 - Masquer-AID Bash!
    Maiden Alley Cinema, 6 pm
  • 30 - 3 bands & Rocky Horror Picture Show
    Maiden Alley Cinema, 6 pm
  • 31 - Rocky Horror Picture Show Maiden Alley Cinema
  • 29, 30, 31 - Lela's 2nd Anniversary Celebration, Lela’s Boutique
    220 Broadway, 10 am- 5 pm
  • 31 - Boo Bash
    Sponsored by the 20/30 Group
    Martin Fierro Argentinean Grill, 9 p.m.
Novmeber Events
  • 8 - Holiday Open House
    Preview Holiday Merchandise Historic Downtown & LowerTown Arts District
    Noon to 6 p.m.
Archived Newsletters
      October 2009

      Small Town's Story Transforms Drab
      Walls Into Art
Teresa Perry (left) and Herb Roe repaint the popular 1940s Broadway Scene on floodwall

Art comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. It can be conventional and purposeful, or it can be abstract and difficult to define. Paducah has used art to tell the story of a community that has grown into a cultural center for arts and entertainment. The city’s floodwalls tell a large part of Paducah’s story. The floodwalls have transformed a portion of Paducah’s Renaissance Area into a visual reminder of the city’s colorful past.

Began in 1996, the Wall to Wall Mural Project provides three city blocks with murals, running down Water Street from Jefferson Street south to Kentucky Avenue. Each mural is painted using historic realism by the Robert Dafford muralists.

“We paint each mural to fit an era. The panels vary stylistically, based on the time period we are trying to represent,” said artist Herb Roe. “We purposely imitate an artist of the era we’re representing in order to represent the style of that particular time period.”

Each panel tells one of many stories that have woven together to create the culture and character that exists in the city today. Stories the murals tell range from remembrances of Paducah’s role in the Civil War, the floods that plagued the city in centuries past and even the rich spiritual and cultural heritage that exists in the community still today.

The Wall to Wall Murals are the product of a joint effort between private and civic organizations. A volunteer advisory board continues to work with the Paducah Renaissance Alliance, the city’s national Main Street program, to ensure that the historic integrity of the murals is maintained.

In 2008, the mural project moved to a maintenance phase. The city helps fund the maintenance of the murals, with fundraising support from the sale of Wall to Wall Mural merchandise, coordinated by the Paducah Renaissance Alliance (PRA), located at 605 Broadway. PRA coordinates mural maintenance and continues to raise funds for maintaining the wall through the sale of limited edition prints, posters, books, and postcards.

Roe, one of the key muralists involved in this extensive project comes to Paducah each summer to maintain the beauty of each floodwall mural. Roe partners with LowerTown Arts District artist, Teresa Perry, touching up images and repainting older images that have begun to fade each summer.

Roe has become an identifiable character in the community’s historic district and can often be found on a summer afternoon autographing posters and postcards which visitors purchase from the Paducah Renaissance Alliance.

Visitors and residents, alike, visit the Wall to Wall murals throughout the year to learn more about the people who have written Paducah’s story. It has become a popular attraction and an important symbol for the community.

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