The independence of the gallery allows it the opportunity to showcase a wide variety of artists, selections, or themes that might be otherwise restricted or overlooked (and sometimes overindulged) in a civic or community gallery, not as commercially relevant as a private for-profit gallery, and not as out of touch or uninteresting as some academic galleries, though those all have their place in the intersection of the art world with our own more humble paths through life.
The location and free admission allow for a greater variety of public access than many small similar galleries. And the fact that it is in Paducah speaks to the city's strong interest in the varied fringes of the mainstream art world. The staff are very pleasant and will gladly speak to you about the museum's goals and purpose, and that will leave you with an even stronger appreciation of this city's embrace of the power, need, and purpose of art.
The exhibits vary over time, some are bound to the community, but many showings are available to artist petition or submission from outside the community. It's definitely worth a stop inside. And if you are enjoying the downtown of Paducah, without a doubt you will pass by Yesier art gallery at some point.
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