Arts Council Hosts Work of Artists Hudson & Fuller
By WestKyStar & Cindy Ragland, BUMS Arts Council
PADUCAH - Broadway United Methodist Church Arts Council is currently hosting an exhibit in Whitlow Hall. The exhibit features the work of Liz Hudson and Jenny Fuller, sisters who are both members of the Paducah Area Painters Alliance (PAPA). The public is invited to a reception on Thursday, Dec. 6th, from 5-7 pm.

Jenny Fuller is a native of Paducah. She began her art career in 1974, painting with watercolors. After years of working with watercolor, acrylics and oils, she discovered that pastels were best suited for her style. In 1992, Fuller attended a portrait workshop given by nationally known artist Cleda Curtis and she was hooked. Although she paints many different subject matters, she considers everything she paints to be a portrait, whether of people, animals or objects. Working from photos, she reproduces an image with a realistic style. Fuller has been in many juried and non-juried shows through the years and has won many awards.  She is a Charter Member of (PAPA) beginning in 1991. She is actively involved in Yeiser Art Center and the Pastel Society of America and has artwork in collections across the US. Fuller has also written and illustrated three children’s books, “Sebastian and the Wise Old Man”, “A Horse Named Willie” and “The Magic Lady” with more coming in 2019.

Liz Hudson began her journey with art in the sixth grade when Mrs. Arko Jones bragged on her and let her put something in the year book. "I have always had a passion to draw and paint but life gets in the way. Since I retired in 2008, I find more time to experiment. God has it in me. He says 'Just do it'". Her family includes her husband of 57 years, two daughters, their husbands and four grandchildren. She belongs to Heartland Church where she teaches students with special needs. She paints with Tommy Fletcher and the PAPA gang on Thursdays. 

A little over a year ago, Rev. Gowan approached Cindy Ragland, a member of the church and community art advocate, for her thoughts regarding an arts council for the church. They joined forces, brainstormed and researched what needed to be done to make this a reality. After approaching trustees for their approval, eight members of the church were invited to form the BUMC Arts Council. Art is now exhibited in the natural lighting and open spaces of Whitlow Hall, named for Mrs. Bette Whitlow, who was a strong art supporter and advocate for most of her 91 years before she passed in 2014.

BUMC is a historic and architectural jewel located on the corner of Seventh and Broadway and so it claims a block of the area designated as part of Paducah’s Lower Town Arts District. Given the church’s mission to be welcoming to the community, it seemed logical to pastor Lora Jean Gowan to dream about the creation of an Arts Council for the church. It would be a way to open the doors to the entire community and be meaningful part of the world’s seventh UNESCO City of Crafts and Folk Art.

Published 07:05 PM, Monday Dec. 03, 2018
Updated 07:23 PM, Monday Dec. 03, 2018