Gilbert Visual Art League
Welcoming Artists Worldwide
Welcome! We’re glad you found us! The Gilbert Visual Art League strives to increase artistic awareness and appreciation in the community. GVAL offers area artists fellowship and support through monthly meetings, which include professional artist demonstrations. Throughout the year a variety of sales venues are available exclusively to our GVAL Membership.
GVAL hosts monthly membership meetings September through June on the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm in the Neely room at HD South, Home of the Gilbert Historical Museum. Our meetings generally include a critique of members works in progress, GVAL announcements, a guest presenter, and voting for Artist of the Month.
See the UPCOMING DATES page under the DATES/NEWSLETTERS menu tab for information on upcoming meetings.
Meeting Location: 10 S. Gilbert Road, 85296 (located just south of downtown Gilbert). We meet in the Neely Room. Please use the parking lot off W. Elliot and enter through the open gate as shown on the map.
January 5th Member Meeting
Join us on January 5th at 6:30 pm for our Member Meeting! Bring you artwork for critique and a completed painting for a chance to be voted Artist of the Month.
See you there!
Stevie Denny will be our January presenter. Stevie has been creating art since the 70’s. She was a certified Bob Ross instructor for 20 years
and has studied oil and watercolor at the Scottsdale Artists School under several professional artists.
Stevie will demonstrate a sketching technique that she calls Sketch-Photo. She uses part of a photo in a watercolor sketch, then paints around
that photo. The idea is to enhance the scene by adding a personal touch. She will show the process from start to finish, describing the best types of photos to use, as well as tips she’s learned along the way to improve the sketch.
To read more about Stevie and view her lovely art CLICK HERE.
Our GVAL 20th Annual Juried Fine Art Show and Sale
is just around the corner and will hang in Gallery 4 at
HD South from February 25th through April 4th.
The application process will begin on January 1st and you can view the prospectus by clicking the button below!
Our Member Show is no longer hanging in Gallery 4, but remaims online through January. Our member artists create work in a wide range of mediums and styles and most of the pieces are for sale.
To view the show, click on the button below. For purchase inquiries, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Artist of the Month
At each regular monthly meeting, members
are invited to bring in
a recently completed, ready-to-hang artwork.
You can find the rules HERE.
Those present at the meeting are asked to vote for their favorite by way of secret ballot. In June, the AOTM winners are voted on for the honor of being named Artist of the Year.
Congratulations, Carol Mar, our November
Artist of the Month!
The Special Events Coordinator is an important part of the GVAL Team. We are always looking for ways to promote GVAL. In the past we have participated in Gilbert Days, the Global Village Festival, etc. Our 5×7 Small Works Fund Raisers are headed up by our Special Events Coordinator. Peter Eobbi has been doing double duty as Show Coordinator and Events Coordinator and we greatly appreciate him!
Small Works Fund Raiser
Our SMALL WORKS FUND RAISERS have been a great success! Thank you to all of the artists who have participated in the past. We welcome all small works in a variety of mediums. Your 5×7 or slightly larger will be sold for $20 each. GVAL receives $5, HD South $5, and the artist $10.
This is an important fund raiser for GVAL. Members will be notified when the next fund raiser is planned.
We want to see what you’ve been working on! Did know that our Publicity Coordinator, Donna Finter, updates our Facebook and Instagram pages almost daily throughout the year? You can send your images and let us know what is happening in your art world by contacting Donna at email@example.com. And don’t forget to visit our social media sites often to see what our members are sharing!
Get to know our GVAL Members! Many of our members are professional artists. Original artwork makes a wonderful gift which will be treasured for years to come!
Click HERE for the Member Directory
Members, let’s get to know each other and share your art with the world! Just upload a photo of yourself and a photo of your art. You can share your contact information if you wish (optional).
Use the easy to fill out form HERE
Thank You for Supporting us through Amazon Smile! It’s a simple and automatic way for you to support GVAL every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, and shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to GVAL. Just choose Gilbert Visual Artists League as your charity. All of your account history will still be there….Thank You!
Did you know our members volunteer through GVAL to teach classes at HD South? We are currently teaching art/craft classes on the third Saturday each month from 10am – 12pm. Future plans also include a Tuesday evening course. If you would like to be part of this enjoyable and worthwhile program, please contact Peter Eobbi at firstname.lastname@example.org. Teaching at HD South and House of Refuge are part of our Outreach Program. As a 501(c)3, we are proud to offer this to our community!
House of Refuge is a nonprofit community which includes 88 two-bedroom homes that are rented to families in need. Most residents are women with children leaving abusive situations. By providing a home support services, House of Refuge helps families become self-sufficient and move to long term housing. To find out more about the House of Refuge, CLICK HERE.
We lead art experiences for children ages 5 to 13 at House of Refuge’s Community Center each Wednesday. The center requires at least 3 adult volunteers to be present during the art activity. If you would like to help, please email Donna Finter at email@example.com. Find out more about how you can help HERE. Thank you from the GVAL team!