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Spring on the Blanco by Maxine Price

Spring on the Blanco by Maxine Price

This gorgeous oil painting, “Spring on the Blanco” will be on silent auction at Art on 12 beginning April 18. Painted by Maxine Price, using her palette knife techniques, she is donating it so the proceeds can go to Lilli Pell’s medical expenses. The painting is 24 x 24 x 1.5″ and is gallery wrapped and ready to hang. Maxine Price is a nationally known artist and shows her work in a number of galleries, including Gallery on the Square in Wimberley. The winner of the silent auction will be announced on May 19th at the next WVAL Gallery reception.

February 2017 Gallery Show


Once again, a good sized crowd came to the show opening. This show, juried by Mona Marshall, features a wide variety of art and some exciting 3-D work by new WVAL members James Miller and Lenise Perez-Miller. Photos provided by Winifred Simon, Lynn Myers, and Elizabeth Dotterer. Thanks!

Best of Show:  Susan Metcalfe, “Make for Shore”
Second Place:  Herb Smith, “Cypress Root Sculpture”
Third Place: James Miller, “Double Iron”
Honorable Mentions:

  • Russ Bragg, “Family”
  • Elizabeth Dotterer, “Prayers for Peace”
  • Mikiko Kudo, “Adrian with his Cello”
  • P. Cleve Ragan, “Backwards Glance”
  • Steve Shellenberger, “Nema”
  • Winifred Simon, “Rust Abstract”

Wimberley Valley Art League Exhibition
 Juror’s Statement,  Mona J. Marshall

Every juror has biases.  I am aware that I look for work that raises questions, that surprises
me, or that makes me feel that the artist has pushed into unknown territory in terms of the medium or the form.  The work in this show ranges far and wide in media, content, style and level of accomplishment.  While it makes the show a bit unwieldy to judge and organize, it also yields unexpected correspondences and contrasts.
To name a few:  The accomplished composition of Taylor Dueker, solidly in the modernist camp, is easy to imagine next to the mid century objects and tools of obscure origin, repurposed to become quirky machines made by James Miller.
Some work seemed to address the larger environment or world, beyond the normal conventions of traditional landscape, such as the fantastic little painting of chaos called “Aftermath” by Norma Green, the man made pool confining a burst of too blue water by Winifred Simon, and the tornado of letters, “Prayers for Peace”, by Elizabeth Dotterer.
Of the work which begins with more formal concerns, I enjoyed the way Curtis Scott played with our perception of what is on the surface and what is behind, as well as the wonderful use of negative space in the sculpture by Ross Bragg.  The ambiguous space in “Make for Shore” by Susan Metcalfe made me look again.
To mention a few others:  Of the artists who’s subject is drawn from their own life, there is a sense of order if not serenity in the painting of a garden by Mikiko Kudo, and an arresting undertone of unease or vulnerability in the “Cello Player”, by the same artist.
I continued to think about Martha Gibson’s floating figure.  The woman in a white night gown floats above a room drawn in black and white.  It seems to be about memory or a dream, but then the eyes of the floating woman are wide open.
One more nod to the excellent photography of George Krause’s “Death Mask and Angel’s Five” series and Herb Smith’s very dynamic black and white images of Cypress trees.
I could go on; the jewelry artists, for example, deserve mention, but there are too many artists here to name all.  It would be fun to know the stories behind many of the pieces in this show, but in the end the work speaks for itself.  It was a privilege for me to spend some time with it. 

Wimberley is now a Texas Cultural District

Look! Wimberley is now one of 28 Texas cities that is designated by the State as a Cultural District. Yipee!

The town of Wimberley, located in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, has been known as an arts enclave for decades. Many people choose to live in Wimberley because of its creative vibe and cultural energy. Wimberley Valley Art League is proud to be a part of this beautiful town and to represent over 200 of its members in shows and special events. We are a happening group of creative souls!

April Meeting Features Maxine Price

Maxine Price is a long-time WVAL member who is having success in multiple galleries, including Gallery on the Square in Wimberley. She is a savvy marketer of her work and will discuss her approach to “being seen.”

Price received her BFA degree in Art from the University of Texas at Austin and over her career has pursued various aspects of art including being a book designer, a fashion illustrator, an interior designer, a graphic artist, a portrait artist and a painter showing in numerous galleries and juried shows in the Southwestern United States. Many of her portraits hang on the campuses of The University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, and St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio. Her original oil paintings are in numerous corporate and private collections throughout the United States, Mexico, England, Germany, Japan and Bermuda.

While still doing an occasional portrait, Price decided in 1992 to make creative painting a full time pursuit and began a journey of experimentation and exploration, working with various mediums including watercolor, acrylics and liquid inks. Several years ago, during a visit to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, she began noticing abstract patterns in the ancient walls and began a series of abstract paintings, in oils with palette knife, inspired by the colors and textures of old San Miguel. Thus began a love affair with oils, the palette knife and abstraction that continues today.


Cool Art Show 2017

The Hottest Artists in Town will be at The Cool Art Show and Sale!

It’s our annual show and sale by all 40 of the best WVAL artists. Instead of holding it during the holiday season as we have in the past, we will hold it on July 7-8-9. A reception will be held on Friday evening, July 7th. Franko the Ice Man is coming to give us a live demonstration of how he converts a block of ice into our little penguin. How fun! How cool!  Throughout the weekend, we’ll be serving free shave ice. A special section of the show will be devoted to art that makes you feel cool, and these pieces will be voted on by the public for “People’s Choice.”  We have also dreamed up a little interactive game to get you involved with the art and possibly win a raffle prize.

Be sure to stop in and see how cool art can be! Here are the hours:  Friday, 10 to 7:30; reception begins at 5:00. Saturday, 10 to 5 and Sunday, noon to 4.

 ARTISTS AND VOLUNTEERS:  Please download the schedule  to see when you need to be at your coolest during the show.


Arts Fest 2017

WVAL Arts Fest on April 22-23, 2017…It will be bigger and better than ever!

Years ago, it was a small show of WVAL artists. Now Arts Fest is a big juried show of 115 artists from all across the U.S.. 2017 Arts Fest will be held at the beautiful Waters Point Retreat at Rio Bonito which is right on the Blanco River. It will be bigger and better than ever! Save the dates:  April 22-23, 2017.

Arts Fest Site