Paducah Quilts and Murals

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Paducah, Kentucky: home of the National Quilt Museum and a thriving artist community. 

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the Quilt Museum! I have previously seen some lovely old quilts hanging in other museums and rural art centers, and pretty much expected the same angle of history told through quilts at the NQM. But. it was completely different. The building was a modern piece of architecture with simple spacious galleries. The exhibit I saw focused mainly on a previous Quilter's competition. While some quilts looked more traditional in style and technique others were outrageously creative and hard to believe that it was fabric manipulated into creating almost realistic imagery, such as puffins or a church landscape.

The museum taught me a few things about the quilt.

There is a competition for miniature quilts, which look like they could be a square for a larger quilt, but are in fact full quilts in miniature size. I was also pleased to learn that Men also have taken up the art of quilting. Most of us, I am sure, would immediately picture our mothers or grandmothers working hard at quilting, but now it is time to picture our fathers and grandfathers joining in on the fun! a couple of my favorite pieces on display were by men.

http://www.quiltmuseum.org/

After spending an hour of so in the museum it was time to brave the cold and look at some murals that I had passed earlier. Along the Mississippi river is a flood wall painted with some lovely and vibrant murals that tell the story of this little city. In front of each mural was a plaque explaining the meaning behind each mural. It was an interesting history lesson! I just wish it wasn't so darn cold outside! otherwise I would have taken my time with each piece. 

Walked around for a little bit and got some hot tea to help warm up..  Definitely a memorable little art experience!

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The museum
The museum
the flood wall murals
the flood wall murals
I think this was my fav.
I think this was my fav.
A cow was once found on a balcony …
A cow was once found on a balcony…
They love their trains!
They love their trains!
Early Paducah
Early Paducah
Downtown
Downtown
I dont remember the full details,…
I don't remember the full details…
Loved this tile wall!!
Loved this tile wall!!
Birds nesting in the brick wall
Birds nesting in the brick wall
Paducah
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