The Paducah Photo 2013 International Photography Exhibit is what initially spurred the quick over-night visit to Paducah KY. I was fortunate enough to have work included in the exhibit. The women of f/4 studio thought the trip would be a good opportunity to support me while at the same time viewing the work of photographers from literally around the world.
We – of course – took our camera gear, but ended up barely taking the gear out of the back-end of the car! Instead, the focus of the trip ended up being that of visiting galleries and exhibits.
Paducah is known for being a quaint little art mecca hidden quietly away in far Western Kentucky. I lived there for over forty years and enjoyed showing my friends some of my favorite places and spaces!
We visited the Regional Photo Exhibit that was held in conjunction with the International Paducah Photo Exhibit. Additionally we visited the National Quilt Museum, the PAPA Gallery, and Ruth Baggett’s Gallery 1025.
Knowing we will be holding our first f/4 studio exhibit – “As Seen…from four perspectives” – on November 8th in East Nashville, we used our Paducah gallery ‘tour’ as an educational opportunity. Questions and discussions flowed freely. Notes were taken of details we wanted to remember. Plans and ideas were creatively generated as a result of being in such an artistic environment as well as talking with some very talented artists.
Being honest, I have to say that our trip was certainly not ‘all work and no play!’
As trip planner and the one who knew Paducah fairly well, I tried to squeeze in visits to some of my favorite restaurants…thus the “Gourmet Gluttony” part of the title. The rule for this particular trip was NO CHAIN RESTAURANTS! We enjoyed lunch at Kirchoff’s Bakery and Deli, dinner at Max’s Brick Oven, and lunch on our way back to Nashville in Grand Rivers KY at Patti’s 1880s Settlement.
It seems that every trip we take has a way of ending up with an un-planned ‘adventure’ of some sort. When Sandy – our Connecticut Chick – found out how close we were to Illinois, she felt the need to check Illinois off her list of states visited. We, of course, were eager to oblige!
Metropolis IL – home of Superman – provided us all the giggles we could handle for one morning! We played ‘tourist’ and had our pictures made with everything Superman related we could find. (Visit our Scrapbook to view more photos.)
Even with few artistic photos to prove it, our Paducah trip was declared a success…providing the women of f/4 studio the opportunity to enjoy “Galleries, Gourmet Gluttony, and Giggles Galore!”
Contributed by Sue Henry