Like a quilt composed of unique fabrics, Paducah is pieced together to create a work of art, a comforting community, a preservation of past trades, and application of innovative style. A patchwork of history, museums and cultural attractions, Paducah is home to the Museum of the American Quilter¹s Society, "Wall to Wall" floodwall murals by Robert Dafford, Lower Town Artists Studios, the prestigious River Heritage Museum, William Clark Market House Museum, and other heritage attractions. Stroll down brick sidewalks around Market House Square and turn-of-the-century architecture. Enjoy theatre productions, boutiques, antiques and specialty shops and experience fine dining in an acclaimed one-of-a-kind restaurant. Get away and rediscover the less hectic life of yesterday. Visit the historic western Kentucky rivertown where no one is a stranger.
Kristin Williams has spent most of her life mastering yarn, glitter, clay, rubber stamps, paper, paints and glue, thanks to a mother who saw value in children’s arts and crafts classes and was quite crafty herself. Kristin’s current specialty is collage using ephemera and acrylic paints. Kristin moved to Paducah in 1996 and has been putting down roots and perfecting her craft ever since.
Though Lily Liu and her husband teach ceramics at the Paducah School of Art & Design, Lily’s remarkable fiber techniques are what she’s best known for. She felts, upcycles clothing and dyes cloth using Japanese shibori techniques. She also creates intricate fabric sculptures and jewelry by folding, rolling and tying hundreds of small pieces of fabric together.
Classes at Quilters Alley cover a variety of hand and machine quilting techniques, as well as quilt finishing techniques. Their award-winning instructor also teaches all disciplines of embroidery, from beginner to advanced, including redwork, stumpwork, 3D Brazilian and embellishing. Needle or shuttle tatting techniques and Battenburg lace are also offered.
Sara Falder wanted a career that matched her lifelong passion for flowers and design. So she moved home after college and opened a floral shop with her mother. Over the years, Sara’s floral design work has evolved into her own unmistakable style - a combination of vintage, modern and romantic that will take your breath away.
Berea is home to a thriving population of weavers, instrument makers, furniture artisans, jewelry designers, glass workers, potters, painters, sculptors, and musicians. The story of Berea’s artisan community is interwoven with the historic Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South. Berea has a longstanding tradition of diversity, social justice, environmental responsibility, and community service. Both college and town are committed to the practice of sustainability and conservation.
Bob’s intricate silver chain work is renowned, and his jewelry reflects his drive for perfection. After his retirement, Bob opened Lindsay Gallery in 2011 to pursue his passion for of designing and producing truly unique and wearable art. His skill and imagination is apparent when browsing his gallery, where you’ll find some of Berea’s most beautiful jewelry.
Bruce and Kelley Hoefer started making pottery together in 2001 and it wasn’t long before they took their craft full-time. The Hoefers make and sell their pottery at their gallery, Turning Wheel Pottery. They now offer beginning pottery classes and workshops in the community.
Diane has many talents, including painting, photography and stained glass. She fuses her passion for glass and relief sculptures with gorgeous stained glass overlays. Her impressive work is always on display at Gilliam Gallery & Studio in Old Town, Berea.
Though Dinah began her painting career with oil paints, she now focuses on watercolors. Her loose style examines the “essence” of her subjects. She finds inspiration for her paintings in the rolling countryside of Kentucky and the sandy beaches of Florida. She also paints series of pieces that concentrate on Kentucky history and heritage, including horses, Civil War scenes and historic buildings.
Janet’s inspiration and raw materials for her unique asymmetrical baskets come largely from the forests around her farm in Eastern Kentucky. As a self-taught basket-maker, she passes on her skills in workshops and classes. Her work can be found at the Berea Tourism Welcome Center, in Old Town Berea and The Kentucky Artisan Center.
Ken’s metal work, sculpture and jewelry are influenced by his travels to Europe and the American Southwest, and feature design elements inspired by the natural world and local culture. Ken is a master of pewter pouring and spinning and his work is sold around the country.
Lindy’s unique polymer clay figures have been featured in numerous national magazines and television programs. She is also a member of the KY Guild of Artists and Craftsmen, The Southern Highlands Guild, and The Kentucky Craft Marketing Program. Her body of work spans 20 years, and she began teaching her craft to beginning students five years ago.
Michelle loves the nature of the glass-blowing process and its transparent properties remind her of the tidal waters she played in as a child. Now she mimics the relationship between light and water with her incredible handmade glass pieces. Her work can be found at Weston Studio Glass in Berea.