New murals coming to downtown Paducah
There will soon be more pops of color along the floodwall in downtown Paducah, just in time for next year’s fall AQS Quiltweek.
Plans are underway for a series of Quilt City USA Murals.
The privately funded murals will be on the wall facing the Carroll Convention Center between 4th and 5th streets.
The 19 panels will showcase renditions of actual quilts. They’ll debut in September of 2017.
The city said locally-based artists will be juried and chosen to paint the murals, and a $20,000 sponsorship will cover the artist fees, supplies, installation, and ongoing maintenance for the mural. No taxpayer dollars will be used to fund the project, the city says.
Char Downs, of Pinecone Gallery in Paducah’s LowerTown district, is lead artist for the project.
“The Paducah quilt murals will not look like barn quilt squares,” Downs said in Wednesday’s announcement.
She says the project will create a trompe l’oeil — a visual illusion that makes a painting look three-dimensional — image of a quilt showcasing stitching detail, color variations, and texture.
“It’s a very complex process that takes a lot of skill," Downs said.
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