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Featured Artist Clyde Lawter



Muhlenberg County Public Libraries’ Thistle Cottage will host an exhibit of artwork by painter Clyde Lawter during September.

Lawter, a native of Oklahoma, recently moved to Muhlenberg County to be near family. His work has been featured in numerous shows throughout the Midwest, including three solo shows at the Parthenon in Nashville, Tenn., and he has appeared on several television programs related to art. He has also judged multiple art competitions and is the founder of the Paducah Area Painters’ Alliance.

Lawter works in a variety of techniques to produce his artwork. His favorite style is French Post-Impressionist, such as that used by Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Cezanne. The exhibit at Thistle Cottage will include _ of his works.

Lawter’s artwork will be on display at Thistle Cottage through September 30. The artist himself will visit Thistle Cottage for an open house and reception on September 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. This event will give the community a chance to meet with Lawter and discuss the artwork on display. Community members can also stop by Thistle Cottage during regular business hours any time in September to view the exhibit.

Thistle Cottage is open Mon.-Fri. from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, call Muhlenberg County Public Libraries at 270-338-4760.

Barry Duvall Book Signing

Local author Barry Duvall will visit Muhlenberg County Public Libraries’ Thistle Cottage next week for a book signing and presentation.

Duvall will introduce his new book, Wings of Immorality: Dark Cloud over Greenville, Ky., at the event, which is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 8, at 6 p.m. at Thistle Cottage. The book discusses infamous Greenville resident Miriam Eaves and her companion, Bert Wing.

Duvall will briefly discuss the history of Eaves and Wing and the events included in his book. He will answer questions from the audience, and he will also be available to sign copies of the book. Visitors are encouraged to bring their copies of the book so they will be able to reference them during the presentation.

Duvall is a well-known historian in Muhlenberg County. He has also written another popular book, My Last Day in Browder, regarding the 1910 mine explosion in Browder, and he has spoken at events around the region about both books and the events discussed therein. He also runs the very popular Muhlenberg County Kentucky History Group on Facebook.

Wings of Immorality can be purchased at the Coal County Vendor Mall in Greenville, Attic Heirlooms in Greenville, Brothers Country Store and Deli in Drakesboro, the Central City tourism office, online from Amazon or eBay or directly from Duvall. Duvall can be reached by email at to purchase a book.

For more information about the book signing, contact Muhlenberg County Public Libraries at 270-338-4760.

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Walk to Fitness winners

Congratulations to our Walk to Fitness challenge winners! The challenge ran from June 6 to July 25.

Winners were:

1st place – Andrea Anderson (944,969 steps)

2nd place – Makenna Shemwell (651,932 steps)

3rd place – Jennifer Shemwell (343,119 steps)



Andrea Anderson



Makenna and Jennifer Shemwell

Open House – Jeanie Kittinger

Thistle Cottage will host an open house for Jeanie Kittinger, August featured artist, on Aug. 18. A selection of Kittinger’s work is on display at Thistle Cottage, including paintings and books she illustrated. More of Kittinger’s work is also currently on exhibit in Franklin, TN.
The public is invited to visit with Kittinger during the open house to meet the artist and discuss her work. Refreshments will be provided.
Kittinger’s artwork will be on display at Thistle Cottage until the end of the month.

A few pieces of Kittinger’s artwork is posted below, but her exhibit at Thistle Cottage contains many more such works.






Book Signing


Join us Aug. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at our Central City library to meet two local authors, Barry Duvall and Mike Moore, and get your copies of their books signed! Duvall is the author of the new Wings of Immorality, and Mike Moore is the author of the Murders of Muhlenberg County series.

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