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The PAPA Gallery

Open Hours

Tues - Sat: 11am - 3 pm
Other times by appointment only.

Special Events & Extended Hours

nothing scheduled at this time


It’s the Little Things

It’s the Little Things

Many of us have experienced the joy of witnessing a child's discovery of everyday things we've forgotten to appreciate. May's featured artist, Julie Brigance, provides a reminder as she focuses on the object of interest in her painting Discovery....

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Future Derby Contender?

Future Derby Contender?

It's May in Kentucky and what could be a more fitting image than a new colt in the grass? This little wonder isn't ready for the Derby yet, but Diane Bay's painting, Welcome Little Colt, is but one of the delightful offerings in our newly hung...

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An Unusually Fruitful Tree

An Unusually Fruitful Tree

We look forward to seeing all kinds of flowering trees in springtime, but would you expect a Dragon Tree? PAPA's People's Choice painting for April was created by artist Sandi Johnson who is well known for her fantasy art. She is a familiar vendor...

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Our Story

In 1991, a small group of Paducah painters realized a common need. They wanted to learn more about fine art and painting. Led by master artist and long-time Paducah resident, the late Clyde H. Lawter Jr, the group began meeting, sharing, learning, and growing!

A short time later, the group incorporated as a non-profit organization and were officially named PAPA – Paducah Area Painters Alliance.

The PAPA Gallery on Broadway opened in 1998, providing the perfect place to show their work and share their stories. Some members of that original ‘charter group’ are still painting and showing their work today, joined by many more artists from our surrounding region. That same spirit of camaraderie exists at PAPA today and we continue to find ways to share art with each other and our community.

Clyde H Lawter, Jr
Founding Member    


Our Purpose

PAPA endeavors to bring together artists to encourage, motivate, educate, and promote them, and to promote the art of painting in particular. A principal goal is to increase sociability and friendship among its members. Whenever resources allow, PAPA will provide a theatre to display member’s art – both in the gallery on Broadway, online on our website, and in the community.


Our Board

Dutch Thurman, President

Jenny Fuller, Executive Director

Diane Bay, Program Coordinator

Brenda Foster, Treasurer

Cindy McLaren, Secretary

Mark Cope

Sandi Johnson

John McLaren

Chad Nelson

Dale Houseworth

Rebecca Mueller-Williams

Heather Reid


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124 Broadway St
Paducah, KY 42001, USA
(270) 575-3544

Open Hours

Tuesday – Saturday: 11am – 3pm
Other times by appointment only.
Call (270) 519-3198 for appt.