ChuckEhrsamPhotographyBlack and white with orange leaf by Chuck Erhsam.PADUCAH, Ky. (7/8/14) — The third quarter artwork for the 2014 Mayor’s Art Club currently is on display featuring photography by Chuck Ehrsam and artwork by Stefanie Graves and David Lucht of Cowango Studios.

The public can view the artwork when City Hall is open, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The artwork will be on display through late September.

Photography by artist, educator, and environmentalist Chuck Ehrsam is on display in the Mayor’s office at City Hall for this third quarter. Ehrsam’s photographs explore the beauty of light as it interacts with nature. Ehrsam hikes state and national parks to find those unique moments captured in his photographs. Ehrsam and his wife, Linda, are in the process of compiling a guide book of regional natural places.

In the Mayor’s reception area at City Hall, see the work by Stefanie Graves and her husband, David Lucht, of Cowango Studios located in LowerTown. Graves is a self-taught artist who enjoys the freshness, spontaneity, and fluidity of watercolor. Graves says, “Inspired in equal parts by the ordinary and exotic, my paintings represent my sense of curiosity, wonderment, and awe at the world around me.”

Lucht is a contemporary realist experimental artist who creates his pieces using the wax resist medium of batik painting. Lucht says, “In batik the image and the cloth become a fully integrated thing. There is no surface decoration in batik. The image is established in the fiber of the cloth. To me that is a very powerful idea.”

LessonsoftheFallDavidLuchtLessons of the Fall by David Lucht.

TugOfWarStefanieGravesTug of War by Stefanie Graves.

The eight artists or art groups participating in the 2014 Mayor’s Art Club are as follows:

  • Mary Ruth “Tutu” Maggard, first quarter

  • Bill Ford, first quarter

  • Rose Hughes, second quarter

  • Dogwood Trail Art & Photography Contest Winners, second quarter

  • Chuck Ehrsam, third quarter

  • Stefanie Graves and David Lucht, third quarter

  • Jane Viterisi, fourth quarter

  • Jane Bright, fourth quarter

Mayor Gayle Kaler began the Mayor’s Art Club in 2013 to allow local artists the opportunity to display their work at City Hall. Each quarter of the calendar year, two artists or art groups have the opportunity to display their artwork in the Mayor’s office and reception area on the second floor of City Hall.

For more information about the Mayor’s Art Club including exhibit dates, visit

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