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.

An email invitation will be sent to our members prior to each meeting so those unable to join us in person can view the presentation portion of the meeting via Zoom. The presentation begins at 7:00 pm.

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.

October 6th Member Meeting

Work by Nancy Grahlmann
You can visit her website HERE

Join us on October 6th for our monthly member meeting.  Nancy Grahlmann will be demonstrating Precious Metal Clay.  This clay was developed and produced by Mitsubishi Materials Corporation of Japan in 1991.  “This is an eco-friendly product containing recycled metals and I am so excited to share it with you.  I will demonstrate how to form it and how to fire it and show the final product.” About six years ago Nancy learned the art of Precious Metal Clay.  Known as PMC, the clay is available in all kinds of metal.  The first of its kind was silver.  At Mitsubishi a discovery was made.  As clay is easily manipulated, it became the binder for the precious metal.  When the binder burns away, you are left with pure silver.  There is no limit to what you can make with the
different processes that are available.


It’s time to enter the 9th Annual Member Show! The show will hang at HD South in Gallery 4 from Oct. 15 – Nov. 26, 2022 and is open to all paid members. The show will also be available on our website. It’s free to enter and you may offer your art for sale if you wish. Please find the details, dates, and your application by navigating to the 9th Annual Member Show under the Shows and Events tab, or click the button below.

Tom Thomas with his oil painting titled “Mr. Blue 2”

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, Tom Thomas, our September Artist of the Month!

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.

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!

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. The application will be available on January 1st. You can view the prospectus by clicking HERE.

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

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

Upcoming Dates. Questions? Contact
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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.