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Deadline for Renewing 2019 Membership is December 15, 2018

The WVAL is initiating PayPal for online renewal in 2018. There are many reasons for this. PayPal is SAFE, SECURE, and EASY to use. You DO NOT need to have a PayPal Account to join the WVAL or renew your membership!

Members need only to click on the link above and within minutes they will have completed the renewal process for this year’s membership. No more need to download a renewal form to your computer, print it, fill it out by hand, write a check, find an envelope, address the envelope, go to the Post Office to buy a stamp and then put all of it in the mail. After living in the 20th Century for almost 18 years, the WVAL Board decided it is high time we found a way to make things easier on our members.

An added benefit is that there will be no more mistakes in logging an incorrect address for our members. The information you input into the form becomes a permanent part of the process and is easily downloadable to an Excel spreadsheet that is used for meeting check-ins, juried show check-ins, directories, etc.

So what are you waiting for?  Click away!

All the best to each of you!

The WVAL Board of Directors


Annual Student Art Show

The Wimberley Valley Art League honored seventy-eight young artists with a reception and art show on Friday, April 13, featuring the work of youngsters ranging in age from five to eighteen years, at the Wimberley Community Center.

This event is an annual occurrence every spring as a result of the efforts of the WVAL who contribute their time and talents to coordinate with area schools, frame and hang the art, and furnish refreshments for the reception. Generous donations from both the Wimberley Lions Club and the Wimberley Community Civic Club provide money for the frames. 

The area schools participating in this endeavor are Blanco River Academy, Danforth Middle School, Jacob’s Well Elementary, Katherine Ann Porter School, Scudder Primary School, St. Stephen’s Episcopal School and Wimberley High School.

Along with submitting artwork, each youngster is asked to provide an artist’s statement concerning their inspiration for the piece they created or for their motivation in painting. Kathryn Mendoza from Danforth Middle School says, “Art is a way to express myself without words.  Art’s a way for me to become myself and not who everyone wants me to be.” While Arnold Watson, aged six from Scudder states, “Painting is fun! I like to eat hamburgers, so I painted a hamburger.”

Come immerse yourself in the age of innocence and art at The WVAL Student Art Show. The works are available for all the members of our community to see and enjoy at the Community Center located at 16068 RR 12. Opening hours are Monday – Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 – 2:30 p.m.

February 23, Juried Art Show Winners

Juried Art Show February 23 – April 9, 2018

Gil Bruvel, world-renowned artist and sculptor who was the jurist for WVAL’s February 23, Juried Art Show, awarded top honors of Best of Show to the creative mixed media piece, A Place of Shelter, by Martha Gibson. Second Place honors went to Jim McDonald for his impressionistic symphony in blue and lavender, Terry’s Sunset, while Herb Smith’s classically striking black and white photograph, Ghost Bluff Ranch, won third place. Receiving honorable mentions for their works in a wide variety of media were Susan Metcalfe, Larry Fick, Susan Best, Irma Gros, Mikiko Kudo, and Francis Fontaine.  Photographs of these works are below.

Out of 146 entries, 53 pieces of art were chosen for the February 23 Juried Show.  Pieces range from abstract to impressionistic to realism, with mediums used including acrylic, oil, watercolor, photography, mixed media, colored pencil, fiber, as well as enameled and copper etched jewelry.

To see photographs of other entries for this show please click on the following link

Juried Art Show Gallery 

or visit the WVAL Gallery in person, which is located in the Wimberley Community Center at 14068 Ranch Rd 12, Wimberley, TX 78676. The show is open to the public and runs from February 23 – April 9, 2018. Opening hours are from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. All art displayed in the show is for sale.

Best of Show

Martha Gibson

A Place of Shelter

Sale Price: $325

Mixed Media / Assemblage

Second Place

Jim McDonald

Terry’s Sunset

Sale Price: $550

Third Place

Herb Smith

Ghost Ranch Bluff

Sale Price: $395

Honorable Mention

(click on the photograph to see the complete work of art)

Frances Fontaine – Sunset Blues – Oil – $750 (photograph not available)

To see additional photographs of other entries for this show please click on the following link

Juried Art Show Gallery 

Wimberley Valley Art League Gallery

Wimberley Community Center

14068 Ranch Rd 12

Wimberley, TX 78676.

The show is open to the public and runs from February 23 – April 9, 2018. Opening hours are from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. All art displayed in the show is for sale.

World Renowned Artist Gil Bruvel to be Jurist for WVAL’s February Art Show

Hidden in the hills surrounding Wimberley you will find Gil Bruvel in his studio hard at work on his latest artistic endeavor.

Born in Sydney, Australia but raised in southern France, Gil started experimenting with art at age 9. His father, a cabinet maker acquainted Gil with wood sculpting and furniture design which are skills he applies to his functional art designs and sculptures.

When he was fifteen years of age Gil began studies at an art restoration workshop in Chateaurenard, France; studying under M. Laurent de Montcassin, learning the techniques of Old and Modern Masters as well as art history of the 14th-20th century. Later, he set up his studio in St. Remy de Provence until 1986 when he first made his way to the United States, making it his permanent residence in 1990.

Artist and Filmmaker Alyssa Taylor Wendt, describes him as, “Artist. Sculptor. Creative Force. Dreamer. Visionary. Craftsman. Aesthete. The first seven of many monikers that come to mind when considering the force of will and majesty that is contained in the work and mind of the Wimberley, Texas artist Gil Bruvel.”

Gil Bruvel

The Steel Wire describes Gil’s works as “Capturing the Fluidity of Life in Ribbons of Steel.”

To see more of Gil’s work visit his website by clicking on this link  Gil Bruvel Website

Jury Day for the February show is on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. Opening night Champagne Reception is on Friday, February 23, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Wimberley Community Center at 14068 RR 12. The Show will run through April 9, 2018.