Yuma isn’t touted as being a key destination for artists, but that does not mean man-made beauty cannot be found here. The Yuma Art Center is the nexus of human creativity in the city.
Galleries are frequently updated, with enough variety in mediums to keep the patrons coming back. Everything from photographic exhibits to sculptures have been displayed by the gallerists. While most of the artists are local, every now and then they feature budding artists from Los Angeles of Phoenix.
Often the center hosts question and answer sessions with the artists, providing an educational social forum as well as an artistic one.
Don’t worry if passively observing art isn’t your thing. Why not create your own? The center features classes on how to create your own art, with mediums ranging from charcoal to pastels and everything in between. They even have a photography darkroom and pottery studio available. In this way the center works as a destination for recreation, suitable for both individuals and families.
There is no fee, though if you’re in the mood for some spending, the gift shop is right near the entrance. Some of the prices can fetch up to $500, but there are smaller, quaint trinkets available for far more reasonable prices.
I’ve enjoyed myself every time I’ve visited the center. It’s free, interesting and perhaps it can be inspirational.