517 North 8th Street
Paducah, KY 42001
Category: Artists,Galleries & Studios
Hours of Operation:
By appointment; Second Saturdays noon to 6:00 p.m.
Stefanie Graves- Watercolor
Stefanie Graves has had a fascination with art since childhood, but her career path took some rather wide diversions before she decided to make art her livelihood. Originally a nurse and later a health care administrator, she has recently begun working full-time as an artist in pursuit of this dream. After residing in the greater Chicago area for 15 years, she and her husband, David, have taken up part-time residence in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico where art is a natural presence in the community that includes a variety of eclectic galleries and the Art Instituto of San Miguel.
Stefanie is largely a self-taught artist and has taken a variety of workshops and watercolor classes over the years. She is married to David Lucht, a batik and graphic artist, and has one cat, Paintbrush.
David Luckt- Batik
David's approach to batik elevates this ancient craft to fine art. Batik originated in the world of craft where people create objects that contribute a sense of grace and beauty to their daily lives. David tries to bring forward that history of desire for commonplace beauty and use it as a support in developing his own imagery.
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. According to David, "I find that to be a very powerful idea."
Batik painting offers solutions for me. It provides an escape valve that allows me to see the history of art differently. It comes from the world of craft and that appeals to me in many ways: as communal, as beauty in the utilitarian, as an anti-elitist alternative. Batik is undiscovered territory. It has magical qualities of obscurity and revelation. The finished work is only seen in its entirety at the very end of the process, when the wax is removed and the image revealed.