Gilbert Visual Art League

Welcoming Artists Worldwide
Since 2003

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.
Due to the holiday, our first meeting will take place on September 8th at 6:30pm.

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.

Join us on September 8th for our Member Meeting Featuring Judy Wood

Judy Wood
Painting from Judy’s Travel Journal
Page from Judy’s Travel Journal

Judy Wood is a mixed media artist and poet living in the Arizona desert.  Judy’s poetry has been featured in several local publications; recently “Lazy Lizard” (co-written by her husband, David) was featured in the book Arizona 100 Years, 100 Poems, 100 Poets. Judy has been a volunteer at the i.d.e.a. Museum in Mesa, and is often busy teaching watercolor to teachers and staff at local schools! She has a BFA in Painting from ASU and a Masters degree in secondary education from University of Phoenix.  Judy is a dreamer and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Judy will be doing a watercolor demo and showing us how she creates her travel journal.  You can follow Judy on her Instagram site HERE.

Small Works Fund Raiser

Our next SMALL WORKS FUND RAISER has been scheduled for September 20 thru September 24, 2022, in the lobby and hall at HD South. Thank you to all of the artists who have participated in our small works fund raisers in the past. We welcome all small works in a variety of mediums. Please bring your 5×7 or slightly larger works to the September Meeting. They will be sold for $20 each. GVAL receives $5, HD South $5, and the artist $10.

This is an important fund raiser for GVAL and your help is appreciated!

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 And don’t forget to visit our social media sites often to see what our members are sharing!

GVAL 19th Annual Juried Fine Art
Show and Sale!

Thank you to everyone who made our Annual GVAL Juried Fine Art Show and Sale a success and especially our sponsors, Logan Graphic Products Inc, Raymar Art Panels, Higley Center for the Performing Arts, Holbein Artist Materials, HD South, Deanna Calkins Realtor, and Richard Johnson Realtor. The art is no longer hanging in the gallery, but you can still enjoy the show online by clicking HERE. For purchase information contact us at

The GVAL 20th Annual Juried Fine Art Show and Sale will be held from February 25th to April 4th, 2023. Details will be added closer to the show date.

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 our 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

Artist of the Month/Artist of the Year
At each regular member meeting, members are invited to bring in a recently completed artwork.

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, Jane Bradley, our current Artist of the Year!

Each summer an art challenge is announced, and those pieces are entered in the AOTM for September. This year, the summer challenge is “Passages”. You may interpret that in any way you choose! Your entries, with the theme “Passages” can be brought to the September 8th meeting to be voted on in person.
Congratulations Jane Bradley,
our 2021/22 Artist of the Year Award Winner!
The Wedding dress
by Jane Bradley

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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 Find out more about how you can help HERE. Thank you from the GVAL team!

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GVAL members give back! See newspaper articles and TV interviews!
Get info about the 5 x 7 Fundraiser as well as any upcoming Projects and Events.