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Posh Thoughtsâ ¦

Story by Patrice Hoffman Photos by Morgan Walker

I am excited about taking on the position of Director for Posh in 2016. The New Year has arrived and is brimming with fresh possibilities, and we are so excited to premier our redesign. Minjah, our designer, has worked hard on this new look, in addition to dealing with my many tweaks and changes. She is very talented and patient. I think we both really enjoyed the process and are extremely proud of the new design. We hope you like our updated look as well.

This brings me to our Winter 2016 cover, which is even more exciting than I could have ever imagined! What an opportunity to have the namesake of the Paducah School of Art & Design's new "2D and Graphic Design Building's" art gallery on our cover! WOW, what more can I say? Bill Ford: artist, residential and commercial interior designer, author, board member and philanthropist, on my very first Posh cover, I am overwhelmed! Bill is known for all of these things in our community, and more.

Just a few weeks ago I ran into Bill at a local car-wash and was sharing my news about Posh and my excitement about future story ideas and the features we have been working on, along with ideas of featuring more of this area's talented designers. That is when I learned of the upcoming gallery naming and was sworn to secrecy. Feeling slightly like a kid in a candy store, I kept the secret and attended the donor preview. The ceremony was to thank all the donors, community leaders and WKCTC staff who have helped make this dream into reality, and also to allow all those who had seen the building before, to now see the after.

I toured the facility and fell in love with art all over again! Bill was overwhelmed as he was given this honor. It's Bill's sense of humor and love for Paducah, and all its people, that make him so admired in our community, and there's no better way for Paducah to honor him.

Bill told those in attendance, "I am very humbled and deeply honored by this, I am so honored to be among so many great artists here in Paducahâ ¦I just don't know what to say, I'm still living and I have something named after me!"

The 2D and Graphic Design Building is a magnificent repurposed two story, brick structure you may remember as the old "Kitchens Inc." located on the corner of Harrison and 9th streets in the Lower Town Arts District, and let me just say it is amazing! As I toured the facility, I was moved by the use of its old reclaimed materials, which were integrated to work in perfect union with all the new modern materials. This combination of textures, colors, history and new technology all in one spot is simply inspiring.

A few areas of note besides the Bill Ford Gallery are the old boiler room that was remodeled into what is now the Paducah Bank "Kitchens Cafe"; a massive salvaged sliding door from the original building that now hangs on a wall in the first floor corridor; and the original beautifully worn wood floors.

So I ask myself how could this not be the perfect cover? Art is the essence of what Posh is all about - "living comfortably."

Everything that brings a home together is what we try to capture, and it starts with art - the graceful lines of architecture, the flow of interior design, the art that you hang on your walls and how it all combines to create the perfect respite that we call home.

And it's because of all the exciting new transformations going on in our community that I am excited and inspired to work with a talented staff to bring you this magazine.

Please enjoy this edition and make sure you pick up our next, as we are already working hard to bring more inspiration to your home. n

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