It's time to renew your membership

Members and friends! Once again it is membership time of the year. Each year in September it is the duty of the membership chair to solicit dues for the coming year. To renew your membership, click on the "Artists Join Here" link on the left side of the Home page to get the form to fill out. The entire process takes only a minute or two. There is nothing particularly personal or secret. The information you provide is kept private within the board of directors of GVA. Also, you can choose to make a donation to the Bill Kubiak fund if you wish.

Sri McCarthy at Bliss & Vinegar (click "Read more" to see photo)

Stop in to see the artwork of Sri McCarthy, now on display at Bliss & Vinegar, and grab a delicious salad while you are at it! If you are interested in showing your work at B&V, you must first place your work in the Gallery on our GVA website. Marty Klar coordinates the displays at B&V. Please do not contact the restaurant directly. Contact Marty with Bliss-specific questions:, (616) 813-7921. (Click "read more" to see photo.)

Photography Group Artists’ Reception

When: Saturday, Nov. 5th, 4:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.                                                              

Where: Grand Valley Artists (GVA) Gallery

1345 Monroe Ave, Suite 140, Grand Rapids, MI

The GVA Photography Group will show an intriguing collection of fine art photography and imaging including photographic composites, hand colored/black and white silver gelatins, tin types, collodions and metallic prints. Refreshments will be served. Free parking. We look forward to seeing you!

2nd GVA Forum—a Summary

GVA held its 2nd forum meeting with about 25 members in attendance at our September 8 program.  At our first forum meeting, Carl Forslund, one of our esteemed GVA members, suggested that for the purpose of keeping our organization viable and a forward-thinking art community, we should form a group to search for ideas to promote and encourage learning in the arts as well as create a comfortable and friendly place for artists to develop friendships with people who share their interests.

October 13 Program Night

by Mary Myszka

Gourds. What can be done with them?

Since it’s harvest season, October 13th, Program Night, seems like a good time to introduce some “out of the box” ideas using gourds as a fine art form.

Gourds have been around for centuries. They are grown all over the world in many types, sizes, and shapes. Archaeological sites world-over have uncovered tools, musical instruments, kitchen utensils and objects of art, all made from gourds.

A note from Carol Friend

Just thought I would let you know I won’t be doing much for awhile. Last Fri. I broke my back, and have been in so much pain. I fell backwards into my wooden coffee table, right across my kidneys, then hit the floor straight on my tail bone. Please let the group know I need prayers for healing. Thank you.

Mary and Margaret at Forest Hills Fine Arts Center

GVA artists are invited to Mary Reusch and Margaret Kriegbaum's artist reception on October 6th at 6 PM - 7 PM at the Forest Hills Fine Art Center, 600 Forest Hills Ave. SE, Grand Rapids. Their paintings shall be exhibited from September 29th through October 21st. All exhibits are free to the public.  Hope to see you at the reception! (click "read more" to see photos)



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