PAPA members meet on the last Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM at the PAPA Gallery in downtown Paducah. After a brief business meeting, the month’s challenge paintings are shared and then an educational program is presented. Fellowship and refreshments wind up the evening. Visitors are always welcome.
Helping each other improve is important to members -
shown here gathered near the waterfront for a sketching session before one of the meetings.
People's Choice Award
Visitors are invited to vote on their favorite art work as they walk around the gallery. This unique method of customer feedback frequently turns hesitant spectators into willing participants in the creative process. The conversation often generated about why they are drawn to some pieces more than others also provides unsolicited feedback opportunities.
The winner of this popular vote is posted in a position of honor in the gallery during the following month along with a spotlight on information about the artist.
Scott Morris' painting, Grace, won the place of honor in January 2016.
A unique activity of PAPA is the monthly challenge painting. A theme or subject is preselected for each month of the year and when members are seeking an inspirational nudge, the challenge subject is available to help.
Challenge paintings are brought to the monthly meeting and shared with the group. As each painting is presented the artist is given an opportunity to tell about their creation. It’s interesting to see all the variations on the theme and everyone benefits from sharing new ideas.
The monthly PAPA meetings also include programs in the form of a lecture or demonstration covering a variety of subjects: painting techniques, color harmony, composition, framing, and art history to name only a few. Either a PAPA member with advanced talent or a professional from outside the membership is scheduled to present the program.
Watercolorist Frank Bennett demonstrates how he obtains such brilliant colors. (photo by Cindy McClaren)