I love taking reflection photos. There is something about the symmetry of a perfect mirror image that never gets old for me. Or the juxtaposition of the inside and the outside of a window reflection. As a result I am always drawn to photographing reflections. Sometimes the reflections make up the whole photo and sometimes they are just a small element, but with each trip, I always come back with a few more.
Here are my favorites from 2017, at the same time, chronicling my travels for this year.
Exploring the Arts in Paducah , KY – A UNESCO Creativity City – Part 5
This little building, now the African American Museum in Paducah, Kentucky, isn’t interesting for the artifacts that it contains inside, but rather for the history of the people that once slept here. Before desegregation, this building, known as the Hotel Metropolitan, was home to many famous African Americans passing through town. Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holiday, BB King, Ray Charles, Ike and Tina Turner are some of music’s big names that stayed and played here. I can hear their jam sessions in my mind. WOW!
Exploring the Arts in Paducah , KY – A UNESCO Creativity City – Part 2
Using only a hammer and chisel, artist Peter “Wolf” Toth turned a 56,000 pound red oak log into a 35 foot sculpture honoring the Chickasaw Indians who lived and hunted in the Paducah, KY region.The sculpture is titled “Wacinton (pronounced wat-cheen-too) and means “to have understanding”. This sculpture is one of over 70 such statues that make up the ‘Trail of Whispering Giants”. Toth started the project in 1972 with the goal to donate a giant wooden sculpture of a Native American to each state in the union, which he achieved in 1988. He continues to created more statues as well as repairing the older ones.
Exploring the Arts in Paducah , KY – A UNESCO Creativity City – Part 1
It may seem odd that the subject of an inaugural post would be about traveling to Paducah, but to a quilter this is near to being a pilgrimage to Mecca. I imagine some might be a little challenged to pinpoint Paducah on a map of the US – it’s in Kentucky, across the Ohio river from the southernmost curvy tip of the state of Illinois. But, in 2013 UNESCO, put Paducah on the world map as a Creativity City of Crafts and Folk Art, recognizing the city for its role in promoting creativity through quilting and the fiber arts. Continue reading “Pilgrimage to Paducah”