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Welcome to the VISUAL ART LEAGUE!

Come experience all aspects of VAL.   Check out our “In Action” page for detailed activities and schedules.

Our mission is to promote the visual arts through education and exhibitions for the enrichment of the individual and the community. The Visual Art League ( VAL ) of Lewisville, Texas, is housed in the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theatre Center for the Creative Arts ( MCL Grand ), 100 North Charles St., Lewisville, TX  75057. Monthly meetings and other art activities are held within this facility.  VAL’s activities are always open to visitors. Additionally, our acoustic friends meet each Friday evening there for a jam. Four large art exhibits are held in the gallery each year with rotating smaller exhibits in the lobby and north wing hallway.  

Be sure to check out the “NEWS FEED” below for current information.

NEWS

“THE NATURE OF TEXAS” EXHIBIT

Everyone is invited to the opening February 7, 2015 at 7 pm in the MCL Grand Gallery.  This exhibit runs through March 21 and focuses on the nature of Texas as seen through an artist’s eye.

UPCOMING EXHIBIT IN THE MCL GRAND NORTH WING: “STEAMPUNK”, FEBRUARY 14 – MARCH 21.

DON’T MISS “Hearts & Roses” in the showcase by the Black Box Theater.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Congratulations to Kathy Mabury, the VAL 2014 Artist of the Year

Artist of the year Kathy Maybury

Second Place was Mary Carradine.

Mary Carradine 2nd place artist of the year

Other Entries:

TOYLAND ART DELIVERED TO RONALD MCDONALD

Thanks to Colleen Drew, R’Lene Winters, and Maurice Leatherbury for delivering the art from the “Toyland” exhibit to the Ronald McDonald house.  VAL artists donated their children themed pieces.   The exhibit had shown in December at the MCL Grand Theater.

Colleen RLene at Ronald McDonald house Colleen RLene Maurice

JANUARY ART TALK –  January 13, 2015 – Wire Sculpture

Charles Arnold with artCharles at work

JANUARY WINNERS OF THE AZEL ART MINI-COMPETITION:

Tina and Maurice

FOODIE EXHIBIT OPENING

This food focused exhibit opened with a reception on January 3.  Incorporated in the exhibit were pot & pans, a silverware installation, projections of food, as well as artwork representing food and local restaurants.  Guests enjoyed the food from Bistecca-An Italian Steakhouse, Good Times Cajun Cuisine, and Square One Cafe.  We thank these restaurants for their contributions.  The exhibit runs from January 3 - January 17

Setting up for opening night.

Setting up projection Table-and-Left-Wall

 

ABSTRACT EXHIBIT AT THE MCL GRAND THEATER

Don’t miss the abstract exhibit in the North Wing of the MCL Grand Theater.

 

OPENING RECEPTION FOR FOODIE, JANUARY 3, 7PM.

Everyone is invited to the Opening of the VAL Exhibit, “Foodie”, on Jan. 3 from 7-9 PM at the MCL Grand Gallery.

NORTH WING EXHIBIT, MCL GRAND THEATER

An exhibit of VAL members’ Abstract Art will be shown in the north wing of the MCL Grand Theater.  The exhibit runs from January 3 – February 7

UPCOMING EXHIBIT:  FOODIE, JANUARY 3-17 AT THE MCL GRAND GALLERY

This food-focused art exhibit  will explore food in all its manifestations from farm to table. A special focus is on art pieces created from inspiration of food served in our local restaurants. These pieces are also represented in a 2015 Calendar available at the Opening Reception, January 3, 7-9 PM. Visitors to the exhibit are asked to vote on their favorite art piece for a “People’s Choice” award to be given at the close of the exhibit.

“TOYLAND”, AN EXHIBIT FOR CHILDREN

This exhibit running through December 27  is on display in the North Wing of the MCL Grand.  Many pieces in the “Toyland” exhibit will be donated to the Ronald McDonald house. DSC07825

VAL ART TABLE AT THE LEWISVILLE HOLIDAY STROLL

Children enjoyed creating ornaments for the tree during the Annual Holiday Stroll.

OLD SETTLERS ELEMENTARY AWARDS CEREMONY

VAL members, Wanda Grice, Elaine Nienkamp, and Kathy Maybury were keynote speakers at the Old Settlers Elementary PTA Reflections Awards Ceremony and Art Exhibit November 6. Congratulations to all the students that entered their art in the exhibit and to those that received awards. DSC07792 DSC07790

CD RELEASE PARTY:     OCTOBER 24, 7PM IN THE BLACK BOX THEATER AT THE MCL GRAND IN DOWNTOWN LEWISVILLE, AND ENJOY A SONG WRITERS’ CHALLENGE.

AFCDFrontFinal72dpi Announcing the release of “Songs From The Heart”, a CD produced by Acoustic Friday’s in the Art Gallery, as a benefit to the Visual Art League (VAL). All songs were originally written for a song writers’ challenge and were donated to the CD by each artist. Sherry Reynolds will be handling sales of the CDs. The price is $12 each or 3 for $30. Bring comfort to your chilly days by settling in and listening to the variety of music produced by the talented Acoustic Friday’s musicians from “You Cloud My Senses” to “Friday Night At The Art Gallery”. AFCDBackFinal72dpi

2015 CALENDARS

VAL has 2015 calendars for sale for $15.  The calendars feature paintings depicting dishes available at local restaurants. 2015 Calendar 1 We thank those sponsoring businesses: Christina’s, Good Times Cajun Cuisine, Square One Cafe, Johnny G’s, Mama” Daughter’s Diner, Village Grill Restaurant & Catering, Pho 7 Vietnamese Restaurant, Salerno’s Italian Restaurant, Bistecca and Italian Steakhouse, New China, Starwood Cafe, Tacos Regio Monterrey, Certa Pro Painters, Carmen’s Magic Touch Hair Salon, Premier Gallery. 2015 Calendar sponsors

VAL’S PARTICIPATION IN WESTERN DAYS OF LEWISVILLE

VAL had art offerings and hands-on activities for all ages during Lewisville’s 2014 Western Days Festival.  We had such fun with our visitors and the children. Hair There were over 100 children that created their own art pieces.  A busy day for us, but those kids really enjoyed! Painting hands

Beginning September 26, a new installation of “western” themed art will be on exhibit in the North Wing of the MCL Grand.

Summer Photography Show is currently displayed in the North Wing of the MCL Grand through September 20.

Summer Photo

“FRESH IDEAS” AWARD WINNERS

First Place: Jordan Grimes, “Watcher of the Shadows”, Sculpture

1 Jordan Grimes

Second Place: Irma Murray, “Sunny Side Up”, Painting

2 Irma Murray

Third Place: Maurice Leatherbury, “Taro Field Hawaii”, Photography

3 Maurice Leatherbury

Honorable Mention: Mary Carradine, “Mixed Metaphor”, Silkscreen & Lithograph Monoprint

HM Mary Carradine

Honorable Mention: Daren Fagan, “Terry”, Steel

HM Daren Fagan “FRESH IDEAS” OPENING NIGHT

FRESH IDEAS” Opening Awards Ceremony – July 26, at 7pm in the gallery of the MCL Grand.

“Fresh Ideas” Annual Juried Exhibit   A benchmark competition that is produced each year. The First Place Winner of the exhibit receives a solo show in the MCL Grand Gallery.

  • July 26, 2014 - September 13, 2014
  • Venue:  Gallery
  • Location: MCL Grand Theater & Creative Art Center, 100 Charles Street
  • Cost: Free, Donations appreciated

Recent Art Trading Cards from 2nd Saturday get together.

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June 7 – July 19, “Color & Light” and “VALPhoto” exhibits in the Gallery at the MCL Grand Theater, Downtown Lewisville, Texas.  The 2013 winner of the juried competition, “Fresh Ideas”, Irma Murray has a solo show in the MCL Grand Theater Gallery with a Visual Art League photo show.

June 14 – July 19, “Stars & Stripes”, exhibit in the North Wing of the MCL Grand Theater, Downtown Lewisville, Texas.

June 10, 2014, 7pm:  ART TALK at the MCL Grand Theater in Downtown Lewisville, Texas. Michael O’Keefe will present a talk on his sculpture.  Michael employs unpredictable processes as a means to discover content in his sculptures, drawings, and paintings.  Traces of art historical influences show up in O’Keefe’s work, often as characters within the expressive narrative and other times as faint whispers scattered throughout the formal vocabulary.  O’Keefe earned his MFA from Southern Methodist University and currently teaches sculpture and drawing in Dallas.

Come join us.  There is no charge.  Classroom at the MCL Grand, 100 North Charles Street, downtown Lewisville, Texas. LEWISVILLE ARTFEST & CHALK THIS WAY The Visual Art League participated in the Art Festival featuring “Chalk This Way”, a sidewalk chalk art competition.  Additionally there were areas anyone could create their own work of art.  The festival had lots of art, food, and fun.  Find more information at Lakeside Arts Foundation. Darla Bostic speaking on Encaustic at the May 13  “Art Talk” in the MCL Grand art gallery. darla with group 2 DSC05924