Photo POSTCard: If only these walls could sing

Exploring the Arts in Paducah , KY – A UNESCO Creativity City – Part 5
Hotel Metropolitan in Paducah, KY
The Hotel Metropolitan in Paducah, Kentucky

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!

Thanks for visiting.

Rose

Photo Essay: What to Do With an Old Coca Cola Bottling Plant

Exploring the Arts in Paducah , KY – A UNESCO Creativity City – Part 4

What do you do with an old, vacant and run down Coca Cola bottling plant?

If it’s in Paducah, you turn it into a destination. Continue reading “Photo Essay: What to Do With an Old Coca Cola Bottling Plant”

Will the modern quilt please stand up?

Exploring the Arts in Paducah , KY – A UNESCO Creativity City – Part 3

Which of the two quilts below is from the 1930’s and which one is a modern version of the double wedding ring quilt design?

 

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Photo POSTCard : More BIG art – a Toth Sculpture in Paducah

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.

Toth sculpture in Paducah

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.

Thanks for visiting.

Rose