VAL May Members’ Meeting, Calls for Art & News

A Note from the VAL President
Hello Artists! I hope everyone is well and staying safe. I want you all to know that the MCL Grand is scheduled to reopen Monday, May 11, to staff.  Even though our area is starting the reopening process, VAL will both take advantage of this and also take all necessary precautions for our members’ health. We have upcoming hallway and gallery shows on our schedule which will proceed as scheduled. We will however observe social distancing and the wearing of masks and gloves.  Our board will be meeting on May 11 at 7 p.m. and will be following these precautions. The same with intakes. Be looking for emails regarding what will be the precaution rules as determined by the board. 
Thank you and I miss you all! Diane Wright VAL President [email protected]

May Members Meeting

ArtPrize – Turning a City into an Art Gallery7 p.m. • May 12 • Online Meeting
Our May members’ meeting will be a virtual meeting via ZOOM. VAL’s President, Diane Wright, will do a presentation on Artprize, a massive art competition that turns the whole city of Grand Rapids, MI (where Diane is from) into one big art gallery. The story behind it is very interesting and you will be amazed at the art that has appeared in this biannual event. Not to be missed!!! Be watching for an email blast from VAL with the link to this meeting. You can learn about Artprize at

Sharing Art from Isolation

Work in progress by Jim Connell; 23″ x 30″; acrylic on Arches paper
With so many art shows and galleries being closed for now (including the MCL Grand), VAL wants to provide ways to stay connected and offer inspiration for our “sheltered in place” artists! Much of the art is currently featured on the VAL homepage.

We’ll show more of our members’ works in our News & Notes email later this week.

VAL Competitions & Shows

Lost In a Garden
May 23 – June 20  The theme of this show is “Lost in a Garden”. Interpretation is literal or metaphorical. All styles accepted from realism to non-objective abstraction. One to two works may be submitted. There are no prizes given. This is a Visual Art League of Lewisville Member Show, held in the MCL Grand Theater North Hallway. Click here for prospectus.

Color Dance
June 13 – July 11 This is a Visual Art League of Lewisville Member Show, held in the MCL Grand Theater Art Gallery. The focus is original art created within the last 24 months, but we are making an exception for this show. One artwork can be older than two years but cannot have been in a VAL exhibit in the last five years. Artists can enter up to three pieces. Click here for prospectus. Member’s Choice Award – $150 Jack Richeson Certificate.

Workshop Information

Save the Date! Mask Making Presented by Mary Carradine June 13, 1-3 p.m. • Watch your email for more information later in May.
Mark your Calendar! 3-Day Watercolor Workshop Presented by Nel Dorn Byrd Watch for an email soon regarding early registration.

VAL Show Schedules

2020 Show Schedules
Gallery June 13 – July 11 – Fresh Ideas Winner Solo Show
June 13 – July 11 – Color Dance
July 18 – Aug. 15 – Fresh Ideas
Sept. 26 – Oct. 24 – Melodies of the Soul
Sept. 26 – Oct. 24 – Circus of the Absurd (Installation)
North Corridor
Feb. 29 – Strike TBD. Watch for email – Celebrated Artists’ Inspiration
May 23 – June 20 – Lost in a Garden
Aug. 15 – Sept. 26 – Adventures in Wonderland
Nov. 21 – Dec. 26 – Baby, It’s Cold Outside

About VAL

The Mission of the Visual Art League of Lewisville
The Mission of the Visual Art League is to promote the visual arts through education and exhibitions for the enrichment of the individual and the community. The Visual Art League supports the visual arts by providing the facilities for instruction in wide-ranging aspects of the arts such as drawing, painting, sculpture, and fine crafts, and providing gallery space for exhibitions in a variety of media.

The MCL Grand is made possible through the generous support of the Greater Lewisville Arts Council and the City of Lewisville.