Member Meetings

Creativity is Contagious, Pass it On.

Albert Einstein

GVAL hosts a monthly membership meeting 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. While we are planning to have in-person meetings beginning September 2, we will also be attempting our first virtual meeting broadcast from the Neely Room.  Members will be sent a Zoom link via email at least one week before the meeting.  If you wish to come to the meeting in person, social distancing will be observed and masks are recommended.

HD South, Home of the Gilbert Historical Museum, 10 S Gilbert Road, Gilbert 85296 (located just south of downtown Gilbert). Please enter the parking lot to the west of the museum from W Elliot. The gate to the HD South complex will be open at 6:15 and the meetings begin at 6:30 pm.

For information about our next meeting, please go to the Upcoming Dates Page.


As in the past, the summer challenge pieces will be voted on for the September Artist of the Month. You can submit your entry anytime before Sept. 15th.  The a ballot will sent out for the members vote. This year’s summer challenge theme is “After Dark”.  So, put on your thinking caps and show us how you interpret that idea!

Our meetings generally consist of: 

  • Critique of member’s Works in Progress
  • GVAL Announcements and Current Events
  • Guest presenter  
  • Voting for Artist of the Month       

Critique Guidelines
☆ Submitted works must be unfinished work
☆ Works should not be framed
☆ Once critiqued, works may not be submitted for AOTM during the same meeting
☆ Works do not have to be original works and can be studies or works done in workshops
☆ Works should be ones the artist needs suggestions or directions to improve
☆ Works must be submitted by a member in good standing

Artist of the Month Rules   
☆ AOTM must be a member in good standing
☆ Once an artist wins AOTM, s/he may not win again during the current meeting year
☆ Work must be a finished piece, framed or gallery wrapped
☆ Work must have been completed with-in the last 2 years
☆ Work cannot have been submitted in a GVAL critique session during the same meeting
☆ Work may be done in any fine art medium
☆ Winning AOTM artwork may be submitted into the GVAL Juried Art Show
☆ AOTM winners are eligible for the Artist of the Year contest, awarded in June