In 2003, The Gilbert Visual Artists’ League (GVAL) was started as a part of the Gilbert Fine Arts Association (GFAA). The purpose of the organization was to promote visual and performing arts within the community. From 2003 to 2005, GVAL operated under the umbrella of the GFAA and was directed by Chuck Lambson and Tammy Cowden. In the summer of 2006, Georgia Mulholland, Lana Leibow, Helen Marquardt, and Andy Kirchberg separated GVAL into a non-profit 501-C 3 organization in order to focus on just the visual fine arts. GVAL was incorporated July 10, 2006.
Since its creation, the league’s mission has been to promote and support the visual arts within the Gilbert, AZ metropolitan area. GVAL holds several art shows a year that are open to the public. Since 2003 GVAL has hosted an annual juried fine arts show and invited artists from the community, the Phoenix area and beyond. Each year the show has grown and has attracted the participation of fine artists from members and community alike. GVAL also sponsors an exhibition that is open to members only. In addition, a mini 5X7 show is organized each year as a fundraiser and draws over 200 original paintings from league members.
GVAL has partnered with the Gilbert Historical Museum to bring fine art to the town and its citizens. GVAL is also active in the community. Members have created banners for the Town of Gilbert, designed and painted murals in downtown Gilbert and sidewalk murals at the Page Commons . GVAL members have worked with other artists designing and painting several large murals at the Child Advocacy Center in the valley.
GVAL is always looking for ways to grow within our community. We welcome artists and art enthusiasts to visit one of our monthly meetings or to subscribe to our newsletter (click here) for more information on our programs and events. Check out our member directory (click here) for names of our artists and examples of their work. Become a Friend of GVAL through our website at gval.org. For more information on GVAL, download our bylaws (click here).