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July – Sept Gallery Show Application

WVAL Members Juried Exhibition

July 17, 2019 Through September 10, 2019

Juror: Vie Dunn-Harr


San Antonio, Texas

Awards:  Best in Show $200, Second Place $100, Third Place $50

Up to 6 honorable mentions are possible



Tuesday, July 16- 8:00-11:00am – Deliver Entries to the Wimberley Community Center, 14070 RR 12, at the intersection of River Road.  No entries will be accepted after 11 a.m. as the jury process will have begun.

Tuesday, July 16– 1:00-2:00pm – Return to Community Center to Pick Up Unselected Entries.

Friday, July 19- 5:00-7:00pm – Opening and Artist’s Champagne Reception – Community Center

Tuesday, September 10 -8:00-11:00amPick Up Artwork at Community Center

 Get Application Here in  WORD   OR   PDF




No More Meetings till Sept.

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Have a Good Summer. See You in September!

Monday Meeting at Silo Glass

WVAL General Meeting Information
When and Where
Our next WVAL general meeting will be Monday, May 13th, at 6:30 pm, in the Silo Gallery and Glass Studio on Hwy. 12 across the street from Middleton Brewing. The facility has a large parking but if you and a friend want to car pool that’s good too.
Presentation Topic
Elissa Beach will be our host and guest speaker. She will provide a tour of the studio and we will see that not all beautiful glass is blown glass! This fused glass studio is the largest purpose built warm glass studio in Central Texas. Discover all the features that makes this building unique and learn how warm glass is created.
Elissa will provide a cold works demonstration (cutting, grinding, and sanding) as well as explaining how images are made using fused glass techniques.
Added Attraction!
Elissa and her husband, Chester are currently remodeling the original silo building and you will get a tour of this facility as well.
Don’t Miss It
This will be an wonderful learning experience for all our members. Make plans to attend.

Show and Sale October 2019



 Show & Sale Application available in Sept.  Show & Sale General Guidelines

 Annual Show & Sale General Information

Each year WVAL hosts a Show & Sale in Wimberley Community Center for our members to display and sell their art work.  Each year a theme is chosen and depending on circumstances the time of year may change.  This year, 2019, the theme is “Eat, Play, Love” and it will be held on October 24-27.

  • Show & Sale is held over a weekend. See below for specific schedule.
  • Entry fees are $40 per member participating. The fee is paid through PayPal via the online application anda 10% commission will go to the Art League for all sales.
  • Each member who participates is REQUIRED to volunteer to help with some portion of the organization and running of the Show & Sale. Artists will choose either to be a hanging artist or a table artist.  There is space for 10 table artists and 35 hanging artists. The requirements for each are as follows:
  1. All table artists are responsible for their own set up, tear down, and manning their table throughout the entire show either by themselves or by a designated individual in their place.
  2. All hanging artists are required to participate in either set up or tear down, as well as volunteering for a 2 hour shift in one of the following areas:
    1. Greeter – Working at the entry of the show to greet attendees and guide them around the space if necessary.Also, ask them to vote for the People’s Choice Award.
    2. Sales – Work at the front sales desk to record, package, and handle receipt of money or other means of payment for each sale. Some training may be required and experience is helpful for this position.
    3. Floater – Will assist other volunteers as needed in their duties, help with customer sales on the floor, and relieve any table artist in need of a break.
    4. Hospitality – Will help with set up and tear down of decoration and food display for reception, as well as serving wine and drinks and keeping tables filled throughout the evening of the reception.
  • Set up – Set up involves the retrieval and installation of screens and equipment, set up of tables for table artists, intake for all hanging artwork, hanging and display of artwork, creation of tags for each hanging piece, and labeling of the corresponding artwork.
  • Tear down and Clean up – The removal and storage of all art league supplies, food, trash, and equipment from the Community Center.
  • Hanging artists will deliver their artwork on Thursday afternoon.
  • Since there is no available storage each participating member must pick up and remove their unsold artwork following the close of the show on Sunday.



  • Thursday and Friday morning – Retrieval and set up of screens, tables, equipment, and supplies for display and sale
  • Thursday Afternoon – Delivery of all hanging artwork. Table artists may set up their table displays at this time.
  • Friday Morning – All table artists set up their table displays, all finishing details for general set up including hanging and labeling artwork.
  • Friday Evening – Opening Reception- open to the public
  • Saturday – Show and Sale open to the public
  • Sunday Afternoon – Show and Sale open to the public
  • Sunday Closing – Tear down and Clean up
  • Sunday Closing – ALL Artists pick up and remove all unsold artwork following the closing of the Show & Sale


General Guidelines

  1. This is a non-juried exhibit.All active WVAL members in good standing for 3 months prior are eligible to participate.
  2. Participants are REQUIRED to volunteer to assist with some portion of the organization and running of the Show & Sale according to the General Information above.
  3. Hanging members may submit 4 pieces of artwork and a maximum 20 unframed pieces to be displayed in a self-provided bin or rack. They are asked to submit and label the piece of their choosing based on the theme for the People’s Choice Award.  Jewelry, 3-D, and other table artists will be provided one 6 foot table with black tablecloth for display.  They may also choose a piece to be displayed based on the theme for the People’s Choice Award.  The table artists will be responsible for set up, tear down, and manning their table at all times during the open hours.
  4. Art subject matter must be appropriate for all ages. Wimberley Community Center is a family friendly venue.  The gallery committee reserves the right to reject any artwork not deemed appropriate.
  5. Only original work, including fine art prints, photographs, digital art, or other forms of original artwork, signed by the artist will be accepted. All artwork must be created entirely by the artist.
  6. All artwork must be dry to the touch.Hanging artwork must be framed or have finished edges with no visible staples.  No hanging artwork may exceed 25 lbs. unless the artist provides an easel or appropriate display pedestal.  Due to space limitations, all hanging artwork must not exceed 96” in height and width combined.  Hanging artwork will be labeled by WVAL.  All table artists and artwork put into bins or display racks must be labeled and priced by the individual artists.
  7. All artwork must be for sale and prices may not be changed for the duration of the Show & Sale. WVAL will collect, report, and pay the sales taxes to the State of Texas.  WVAL will retain 10% commission, with 90% going to the artist.  The artists will receive a check by mail within a month of the Show & Sale.  All sales will take place at the main sales desk.  Each item sold will be recorded by the sales volunteers on each artist’s inventory sheet.

May Gallery Show

WVAL Members Juried Exhibition

May 15, 2019 Through July 16, 2019

Juror: Kevin Ivester

Gallery Director, Davis Gallery

Austin, Texas

Juror’s Statement

“As I entered the room and quickly glanced at the work from a distance, I determined that my initial approach would need to be decisive. There were so many fantastic examples of skill, creativity, and composition.


During my first pass I moved quickly and made definitive decisions based on the work’s ability to affect me immediately and from afar. I found myself glancing at some work that I had dismissed from the show right away, and realized that many of them, on another day, could have lasted that first harsh pass. If your work was not chosen for this show, please do not be discouraged. An experience of art is often influenced by the chance attitude of that particular viewer, but still I felt compelled to stand by my initial pass.


During my following passes I chose to focus and reflect on the level of craftsmanship exhibited in each work. At this point I did not need to make any further subtractions, but I had the equally difficult task of choosing, among the wide range of subject matter, technique, medium, and concepts the honorable mentions and three winners. I asked myself a series of questions for each piece individually. Does this piece provoke a particular emotion or ask a valuable question? Has the artist used his or her materials in a creative or unexpected manner? Would I like to see more work by this artist?


The jury process is never definitive, but it is an opportunity to receive thoughtful and sincere feedback. I was honored to participate in this exhibit and I took my role of selecting artwork seriously. I would like to encourage each one of you to continue to pursue and share your work. With each exposure to critique we give ourselves the chance to learn and to grow. For an artist this learning curve is not simply personal. It also, and most importantly, inspires a more compassionate and impactful conversation with our viewers.


I want to thank Martha Gibson for inviting me to jury this year’s Wimberley Valley Art League. I would also like to thank the volunteers who helped make this event possible, and who helped me during my selection process. Lastly, I want to congratulate each artist who submitted his or her work for this year’s show.

Thank you all.


Kevin Ivester”

Tuesday, July16 -8:00-11:00amPick Up Artwork at Community Center


Learn about Instagram

Our next general meeting will be Monday, April 8th, at 6:30 pm in the Wimberley Community Center. The presentation will focus on how to use INSTAGRAM as a tool to promote your art.

As artists, we all want more people looking at our art work. The more eyes viewing our masterpieces, the greater our chances of sales, recognition, affirmation, exhibitions etc.

Fortunately today we live in a world where social media can provide a platform that allows us to easily share our creations with a broad audience. Not just our friends and family, but people we’ve never met who are interested in the type of art we create. The question often is, “I know I should be using social media to promote my art work, but how do I get started?”

Laurel Coyle, a photographer and the daughter of Connie Schaertl, will be our guest speaker and she will answer this question and others pertaining to Instagram usage. Laurel teaches Instagram classes and will share her knowledge of the intricacies of Instagram and how she uses it to promote her photography. Laurel Coyle’s Instagram account is laurelcoylephotographs.

So, if you are already using Instagram, but would like to learn more, or you have considered using it, but you’re not sure about how to get started, or you are just curious about what it has to offer you as an artist, this is the meeting for you!

To get the full benefit of the presentation, it’s strongly suggested that you install the Instagram app on your phone or tablet prior to the meeting. The Installation instructions are listed below.

To create an Instagram account from the app:

1 Download the Instagram app from the App Store (iPhone) or Google Play Store (Android).
2 Once the app is installed, tap to open it.
3 Tap Sign Up With Email or Phone Number (Android) or Create New Account (iPhone), then enter your email address or phone number (which will require a confirmation code) and tap Next. You can also tap Log in with Facebook to sign up with your Facebook account.
4 If you register with your email or phone number, create a username and password, fill out your profile info and then tap Done. If you register with Facebook, you’ll be prompted to log into your Facebook account if you’re currently logged out.

Meeting reminders will be sent out as we get closer to April 8th, but In the mean time, if you have any questions concerning this topic, please feel free to contact me at 512-667-8134 or

Steve Shellenberger

Jill Robinson – Monday General Meeting, 3/11/19


Jill Robinson, an accomplished basket and gourd artist will share her work and her work processes with us at our next general meeting – Monday (3/11/19) from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm a the Wimberley Community Center.

Jill works out of her home studio here in the Wimberley area.   She is an active member of her local guild, Hill Country Weavers, as well as several state guilds, including the Texas Basket Weavers Association.   Jill’s work can be seen at exhibits and art shows in Texas and you can find her teaching locally and at conventions all over the United States.

Eight or nine years ago, Jill got interested in gourds.  She has started by taking a gourd class here and there at basket events, and eventually found herself attending the Wuertz Gourd Festival and taking classes with gourd artists from across the nation.  Color, carving, texture, naturals – Jill was hooked!

And when you see her work you’ll be hooked too! 





Juried Art Show January 8, 2019

Juried Art Show January 8, 2019 – February 19, 2019

 Juror – Joseph Hammer, Painter

Juror’s Statement

Let me begin by thanking Martha Gibson and the exhibition volunteers for asking me to juror the show. I must say jurying this show had its challenges, because each one of these works was wonderful.

I commend every artist that submitted, accepted or not. It takes great courage and humility to be willing to place your works on display and to be “judged” by a peer on whether you will be placed in an exhibition, or whether you’ll receive a commendation, or not.
All of the exhibition veterans are familiar with this process, understand this is a subjective situation and that a juror’s decisions are “in the moment” and could change on another day. However, I didn’t take this task lightly, and I made sure I gave equal consideration to each work during my initial review, just as I did during my second and third pass.
My initial review was the “in the moment” initial excitement of the work that pulled me into the artist’s mind quickly. Did it “speak” to me? Is it enough to make it to the next round of review? Where’s the “wow” factor? During my next review, I looked at the technical skills, application and composition. My final review was of the whole exhibit once more to verify my initial reviews. Here, I made some changes in selections. At this point I begin to select my actual Honorable Mention pieces. I then selected my third-place selection. Then I spent quite a few minutes reviewing before finally choosing the Best in Show and second-place pieces.
This was for me a very humbling experience for which I have a deep appreciation.
The WVAL amazes me in the size of its membership, the number of its annual projects, and the dedication of its members. Your energy and enthusiasm permeated my day, and I am grateful for the experience!

Joseph Hammer


Phil Shroyer      Laid Back Lion

Second Place            Tim Leibrock   Team USA

Third  Place              Danny Jones   Trail Talk 

Honorable Mention

Tom Bender    What’s Playing

 Martha Gibson  A Perfect World

  Jim McDonald  The Golden Hour

 J.J. Priour  Open Arms

Marnie Silcocks     Storm Over Quidi Vidi Fishing Village

Alyssa Surabian  Generations of Love

February 2019 Gallery Show

WVAL Members Juried Show
February 20, 2019 Through April 8, 2019
Juror: Rachel Wolfson
Austin, Texas

Curator:  Herb Smith




George Krause                                Cross  

Second Place      



  Peggy Snodgrass                         Utopia

Third Place        


Tom Bender                                    After Dark

Honorable Mention 

Margaret Fallatta: Frass
Susan Metcalfe:The Short Cut
Sue Dee Pirkle: Harvey
Kim Springer-Smith: Evangelisme Botanique
Tom Wiley:Approaching Storm
Pam Williams: Our Lady of Guadalupe


More Pieces on Display

Gallery Committee

Chairperson: Martha Gibson

Deborah Elliott, Kathie Carlson, Kaye Collins , Katherine Evans, Irma Gros, Judy Guimont ,

Myra Allen, Pamela Lamoureux, Herb Smith, Peggy Snodgrass, Trisha McWaters,

Pat Haggerton, Jennifer Morris, P. Cleve Ragan, Alyssa Surabian

Gallery Hanging Committee

Stan Allen, Cheryl Elms, Judy Guimont, Maurice Guimont,

Allen Heydman, Ginger Heydman, Tim Leibrock, Roger McBee,

Jim McJunkin, Winifred Simon,

Steve Shellenberger, Herb Smith, Ronnie Weeks

Monday: Kim Springer-Smith

imageKim Springer-Smith, a multi discipline award winning artist

Kim Springer-Smith, a multi discipline award winning artist

Monday, February 11th at 6:30, Kim Springer-Smith, a multi discipline award winning artist, will share her art and her story with the WVAL membership. Please maker plans to attend, you’ll be glad you did.

Kim Springer-Smith is an American award-winning painter and printmaker.  She is a former Artist-in-Residence for the State of Oklahoma in the U.S.A., and also a former adjunct professor of art at several universities in central Oklahoma.

After completing her Master’s Degree, she embarked on a trip to Mauritania & Senegal—a journey that would influence and change her art completely.  The colors and contrasts of West Africa were exhibited in a series of large pastel drawings entitled “Coleurs d’Afrique”, which became a strong artistic and commercial success.  This series of drawings would continue to influence her artwork from that time forward.

Springer-Smith’s art has always reflected her deep interest in human archetypes and symbols, botanical objects, flowers & plants, sexuality, mythology and the female figure.  All of these come together in a unique and innovative style within her multi-faceted work.