Gilbert Visual Art League

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: critique of members works in progress, GVAL announcements, a guest presenter, and announcement of the Artist of the Month.

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. 6ft distancing will be practiced and masks are strongly recommended. For those who are not able to come to the meetings, they will be available live through Zoom and a link will be available for later viewing.

Please check back before the February meeting and look for your meeting reminder, which will be mailed the week before the meeting. If the in-person meeting is suspended due to health concerns, you will be notified, and the meeting will be available on Zoom. A recording will also be made available for later viewing.


February 3rd Monthly Meeting

Our February presenter will be Diana Shore. Diana is a watercolorist. Her work consists of landscapes, florals and still life. She received her art education through Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA and Old Lyme Art. Diana has had her work at the Gilded Lily Gallery in Milford CT, Fountain Hills Artist gallery in Fountain Hills, AZ and at The Clinton Art Gallery in Clinton, CT.  You may find more of Diana’s artwork on her Facebook site, Di-Watercolors.  We are thrilled to have her booked for our February 3rd Monthly Meeting!

Diana Shore
Lilypads by Diana Shore

In Case You Missed It …

Justine Mantor-Waldie gave a wonderful, informative demonstration. Justine used layers of acrylic inks and an etching tool to produce depth and translucence in her fabulous paintings. If you missed the January 6th meeting, you can view it by CLICKING HERE and using the passcode R.h6nJs5.


19th Annual GVAL Juried Fine Art Show and Sale
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The show will hang in Gallery 4 at HD South from March 12th through April 9th, 2022, and also be available for online viewing. The show is open to all artists over the age of 18. Entry deadline is February 14th. The show prospectus and entry form are available on our Shows and Events page HERE.


Student Fine Art Award:

Each year, Gilbert Visual Art League extends an invitation to all qualified high school juniors and seniors who either attend a school within the boundaries of Gilbert or are residents of Gilbert and attend any school in the area (public, private or home school) to apply for the annual Student Fine Art Award.  The student chosen to receive the award is highlighted at the GVAL Annual Juried Fine Art Show and Sale and given a $250 award.  For more information, go to the Student Art page HERE


The 8th Annual GVAL Member Art Show
115 original pieces from 30 members were on display at HD South from Oct. 23 to Nov. 20. Although the show has been taken down, it will be available for online viewing until February 1st. CLICK HERE to shop the show!


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
HERE


December Artist of the Month!
Each month the membership votes for Artist of the Month from the submitted entries. You can enter by filling out the AOTM form HERE by the 15th of each month. A ballot is sent to each member for voting and announced at the next member meeting. In June, the AOTM winners are voted on for the honor of being named Artist of the Year. Congratulations, Linda McGuinness, our December Artist of the Month!
Congratulations Linda McGuinness
our December AOTM Award Winner
Taste of Sunshine by
Linda McGuinness


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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 will begin leading art experiences in 2022 for children ages 5 to 13 at House of Refuge’s Community Center. The center requires at least 3 adult volunteers to be present during the art activity. If you haven’t signed up yet, please email Donna Finter at gvalnewsfb@gmail.com. Find out more about how you can help HERE. Thank you from the GVAL team!


Small Works Fund Raiser

Thank you to all of the artists who participated in the fund raiser during the Gilbert Days Parade on November 20th. This was a fundraiser for both GVAL and HD South, with a portion going back to the artist. The small work sales continue to be a success and our next opportunity will be announced soon!



Upcoming Dates. Questions? Contact us at hello2@gval.org
Our Members are In the News! Read the newspaper articles and see the TV interviews. GVAL members give back!
Get info about the 5 x 7 Fundraiser as well as any upcoming Projects and Events.

Art Vine Newsletters:

To View Your Latest Art Vine CLICK HERE

If you have something that may be of interest to our readers, contact our Newsletter Coordinator Jane Bradley at: janegvalnews@gmail.com. You can see past issues of Art Vine HERE. To sign up for future issues of the Art Vine Newsletter, CLICK HERE.


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? You can send your images and let us know what is happening in your art world by contacting Donna at gvalnewsfb@gmail.com. And don’t forget to visit our social media sites often to see what our members are sharing!