PADUCAH, Ky. (10/7/13) – The fourth installment of the Mayor’s Art Club artwork is ready for viewing at City Hall. Jenny Fuller and Linda Ogden are the featured artists from now through the end of December. The public can view the artwork when City Hall is open, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The artwork is located in the reception area and office of Mayor Gayle Kaler on the second floor of City Hall. Please note that City Hall will be closed on November 28 and 29 in addition to December 24 and 25 for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
Painter Jenny Fuller’s work will be on display in the Mayor’s reception area at City Hall for this fourth quarter. Fuller, a Paducah native, began painting in 1974 a year after her daughter was born. Fuller along with a group of local artists called “The Reidland Five” would meet each Wednesday to paint and learn from each other. Watercolor was one of Fuller’s first mediums of choice since it was quick and fast drying which was perfect with a small child. Fuller has since worked in acrylic and oil and now enjoys pastel. Fuller says, “When I tried pastel I knew I had found my favorite. I work in short increments of time, and pastels lend themselves to this very well. Occasionally I still do work in the other mediums but always go back to pastels.” Fuller credits workshops she attended with nationally known artist, Cleda Curtis, for helping her to enhance her talents. Fuller is the Executive Director for the Paducah Area Painters Alliance (PAPA) Gallery in downtown Paducah. Fuller was one of the organization’s charter members. Fuller says painting brings her joy.
The artwork of Linda Ogden will be on display in the Mayor’s office at City Hall through December. Ogden, who moved to Paducah in 2004, teaches sculpture at the Paducah School of Art & Design. Ogden says, “I bought an old derelict house, restored it, and built a studio. I found what I was looking for, a house, a home, and another community of artists.” Before becoming a sculptor, Ogden worked in advertising more than 20 years. However, her search for a more personal means of self-expression led her to Italy to study marble-carving. Ogden then was accepted as an apprentice at the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture in New Jersey. She went on to become a staff instructor with her work consisting of modeling of portraits, bas-reliefs, maquettes, and life size figures. Her work also includes mold making, casting, and restoration. Ogden says the shapes, textures, and movement of nature, especially the human form, influence her imagination. According to Ogden, ‘The unique diversity of the human face fascinates and intrigues me, which has led me to hone my skills as a portrait sculptor. In both my abstract and figurative work I try to interpret emotion and feeling into a three-dimensional form, which can be a challenge, but the result can also be sensational.”
Mayor Gayle Kaler initiated the Mayor’s Art Club in January 2013. At that time, she asked for artists living in McCracken County to submit photos of their work for consideration. A committee consisting of Paducah School of Art Director Paul Aho, Yeiser Art Center Executive Director Josh White, and Rosemarie Steele, arts promoter, reviewed the 27 entries and used a four-point grading system to narrow the list to eight artists. All forms of art were accepted, and the selected artists showcase a diversity of disciplines ranging from sculptors and ceramists to photographers, fiber artists, and painters. Each quarter of the calendar year, two of the eight artists had had the opportunity to display their artwork at City Hall. For more information about the Mayor’s Art Club, visit www.paducahky.gov/paducah/mayors-art-club-0.
Information provided by Pam Spencer
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