Erin Gericke is an artist who has always loved to create.
Born and raised in Paducah, KY, she is always been deeply in love with her hometown. She graduated from high school in 2017 and will be pursuing a BA in Art and minor in Fine Art Entrepreneurship at Southeast Missouri State University in the fall. All throughout her life, she has been involved in art classes with local artists in addition to dual enrollment classes at the Paducah School of Art and Design. Even from a young age, she wanted to learn everything there was to know about art and always strove to challenge herself in trying new techniques and ideas.
Her work has been exhibited in many Paducah galleries such as the Yeiser Art Center, Clemens Gallery, The PAPA Gallery, in addition to larger venues in the surrounding region and in Louisville, Kentucky and Washington D.C. She has also painted two window murals on Broadway in Paducah, inspired by the city’s nickname, “Quilt City, U.S.A.” While creating work in charcoal and pastel in the past, her present body of work deals with the concept of home, featuring simplified paintings of the historic buildings of downtown Paducah, Kentucky created in ink and watercolor.
PAPA Artists brought home awards in every category of the Paducah Women's Club Art Show! Here's the list of winners and pictures of some of those follow:
Mark Ray: Second Place Professional
Harrietta Harper: Third Place Professional
Vickie Lee Gingrich: First Place Oils
Era Diane Ireland: First Place Acrylics
Joyce Ray: Second Place Acrylics
Carol Tribou: Third Place Watercolors
Liz Hudson: First Place Pastels
Martha Brown: Third Place Pastels
Linda Roberts: Second Place Drawing/Mixed Media
Havynn Prude: Third Place Student grades 9-12
"Kentucky 200" by Harrietta Harper
Third Place Professional
"Serenade" by John Duncan McLaren earned Best of Show at the Murray Art Guild's annual juried competition, Visual Evidence, on exhibit at Wrather Museum on the campus of Murray State University.
"Dogwood in Bloom" by Carol Couric Tribou earned Second Place Painting in Paducah's Dogwood Painting and Photography Show.
"Nude on Black" by John McLaren
Era Diane Ireland's winning entry
First Place Acrylics
"Alania in Native Dress" by John Duncan McLaren was selected for the Juror's Merit Award at the Janice Mason Art Museum Juried Exhibit
Susan Lambert's artwork was featured in a solo exhibit at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center in September and October.
The Catapult Creative House Student Studios’ Artist of the Month series continues its 2018-2019 season with “Built Up: An Individual’s Examination of Home” featuring the work of Southeast Missouri State University art major Erin Gericke.
An exhibition reception, celebrating the work of Gericke, a junior from West Paducah, Kentucky, is scheduled for 5-9 p.m. Oct. 5 as part of Cape Girardeau’s First Friday downtown arts events. The watercolors exhibition is currently on display with the closing reception scheduled for Oct. 5 on the second floor of Catapult Creative House, 612 Broadway in downtown Cape Girardeau.
The ubiquitous-and yet evermore temporal-concrete and steel structures that surround society, and represent contemporary cityscapes, are an integral component of peoples’ lives. From the intimate single roomed domicile to the megalopolis, cities are the sum of their parts, most importantly the inhabitants. In “Built Up: An Individual’s Examination of Home,” Gericke explores the nature of peoples’ relationship to the more expansive notion of home; and in the current anthropocentric environment where people routinely find themselves houseless, Gericke stresses the affect architectural surroundings have on decisions, memories and ultimately peoples’ lives.
"Yellow Jonquils" by Martha Brown
Blue Ribbon Purchase Area Culture Art Exhibit
"Old Mayfield Road 1945" by Linda Roberts
Second Place Drawing/Mixed Media
Cindy and John McLaren shared an exhibition at the Murray Art Guild Gallery in October. "Life Drawing, or 'Life Art' as we like to call it, is a unique experience for both the artist and the model. Drawing from life provides a special energy and connection to that part of us that is so, well....human."
"I Believe" by Martha Brown
Third Place Pastels
"Glow" by Tommy Fletcher
"King Fisher" by Mark Ray
Second Place Professional
Three of PAPA's artists brought home awards from the annual Pennyroyal Juried Art Exhibit in October. Diane Bay's plein air painting (below left) won first place in the Hoptown Paint Out. Tommy Fletcher won third place in Drawing with his dramatic depiction of "Lindsey" and Charles Alexander earned first place in Painting with "Dennis on Kiawah Island."
"Uganda" by Erin Gericke
Tommy Fletcher's painting, Glow, won Second Place in Drawing at the annual Impressions Juried Art Exhibit at the Ice House Gallery in Mayfield Ky
Erin Gericke started the year off with a bang and opened an exhibit at Piper's Tea and Coffee on February 3!
"Dennis on Kiawah Island" by Charles David Alexander
Tommy Fletcher earned an honorable mention with “Christmas Eve Family Tradition: Silent Night” at the Miracle and Mystery of Christmas art exhibition at Immanuel Baptist Church.
"Just Waiting" by Joyce Ray
Second Place Acrylics
"Lindsey" by Tommy Fletcher
"Rusty Old Beauty" by Havynn Prude
Third Place Student
Sandi Johnson's painting, "The Courtyard," was selected to be part of The 1857 Hotel's first annual Community Art Exhibit representing 22 area artists.
"Signs of Spring" by Carol Couric Tribou
Third Place Watercolors
"Chicken" by Martha Brown
Purple Ribbon Purchase Area Culture Art Exhibit