Incorporated in 1830, Paducah is found at the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers, and is halfway between St. Louis to the west and Nashville to the east (about a 2 1/2 hour drive from St. Louis via I-64 east to I-57 south to I-24 east). A town with a strong river heritage, Paducah has decorated its flood walls with murals by artist Herb Roe (http://www.chromesun.com/).
Not far from the downtown river area is Lower Town, an artists’ enclave started in 2000, which offered incentives to artists to relocate to Paducah. The idea was to have artists purchase many of the old, Victorian-era homes and turn them into gallery-residences.
One of these galleries is Stornoway House Gallery/The Pottery Place, owned by Carolyn and Wil MacKay. Mr. MacKay will cheerfully greet you as you walk in and introduce himself as “The Curmudgeon of Paducah,” but in actually, he’s a wealth of experience and information and an excellent painter. Mrs. MacKay is the potter, and her work is exquisite. Addtionally, the Gallery has studio art glass, handcrafted wooden jewelry boxes and many other objets d’art. (Stornoway House Gallery, 513 North 6th Street, Paducah KY 42001)