The Making of the First Quilt Mural: The Quilt City USA Murals Project 101
Sep 5, 2019, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Presented by Lead Artist Char Downs & Project Administrator Jay Downs Siska Ed.D.
In this presentation the unique mural project will be discussed including : the mission, city support, jury selection, and student education. The presenters will explain the prep and painting process as well as sharing the location of the 24/7 Quilt Gallery. The gallery will eventually have 37 historically and educationally significant quilts from across the nation and the UNESCO world.
The Quilt City USA® Murals project is the brainchild of former Mayor Gayle Kaler, who saw this as an opportunity to enhance Paducah’s reputation as an international destination for quilters and fiber art enthusiasts. Paducah Quilt Murals, Inc. is passionate about using local artists. This project adds another level of economic sustainability to the many relocated artists who moved here in the early 2000 as part of the City's Artist Relocation Program. It also demonstrates to our young and emerging artists that Paducah is a community committed to the arts and their future. The project focus is to educate both locals and visitors on the relevance and rich history of QUILTMAKING!
Char Downs Is a graduate of the University of Hawai’i at Manoa Fine Arts Program. She moved to Paducah, Kentucky to become part of the city’s groundbreaking Lower Town Arts District award winning Artist Relocation Program. Char has been juried into the Governor's Derby Art Show, Kentucky
Architectural Artists Directory, the Berea Center for the Arts and the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington. She is the Lead Artist in the Paducah Quilt Mural Project. Char completed an 11 foot tall by 8 foot wide mural of the internationally known quilt, "Corona 2, Solar Eclipse" by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry. This quilt painting is the premier mural of over 30 that will be painted on Paducah’s flood wall.
Jay Downs Siska, EdD Jay graduated from Florida State University with a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration and from University of Hawai’i at Manoa with Bachelors and Masters in Education. He served in the US Navy SeaBees Command Pearl Harbor. during the Vietnam War. Jay and his wife Char are the owners of Pinecone Art Gallery. Jay is the Program Administrator for the Quilt City USA® Murals Project under Paducah Quilt Murals Inc.