It was wonderful to once again have the Sudden Valley Craft Fair. In spite of the rain, we had a great showing of people looking for beautiful and creative items to purchase. The atmosphere was festive and cheerful. Our booth did well, I think, selling 9 calendars and Karen McCormick, Alice Healy and Stephanie Strong selling other items. I hope you enjoy the pictures of the day.
River Rocks Fundraiser
The Valley Arts Group is offering beautiful hand painted river rocks. The rocks, displaying the beauty of Sudden Valley, were all painted by local artists. Donations for the Sudden Valley River Rocks will help fund our yearly Student Art Scholarship going to a local art student.
The river rocks are pictured from the largest rocks to the smallest. Each group is numbered, so if you find a specific rock you want just specify the group number and then the rock number.
Contact Valley Arts Group President Vicki Davis at 714-371-6358 to order your one-of-a-kind, hand painted River Rock and to make an appointment for pick up or delivery .
Stephanie Strong Featured at Art Market
Valley Arts’ President Stephanie Strong is the Featured Artist this week (week of February 3) at the Whatcom Art Guild’s Art Market, 1103 11th Street, in Fairhaven. Stephanie’s beautiful and vibrant silk paintings are on display all week and on Sunday, February 16, Stephanie will be conducting a workshop on her techniques at the Market. Stop by if you get a chance!
February 2020 Anacortes Field Trip
A number of Valley Arts Group members recently enjoyed a group outing to Anacortes to visit the Scot Milo Gallery and the Anacortes Public Library. Both venues were filled with wonderful original art pieces, most from local Washington state artists, providing inspiration for all. The group enjoyed socializing and a lovely lunch together before returning to Sudden Valley.
January 2020 Exhibit Reception
Our January Artists’ Reception at the barn on Saturday afternoon (January 18) provided a welcome end to what, for many Sudden Valley residents, had been a long week of being snowbound at home! Many of our artists were there to visit and answer questions from community members, who came to feast their eyes – and also their tummies with yummy snacks and goodies.
If you missed the reception, stop by the barn any time between now and the beginning of April to see all the wonderful new pieces, including Tom Fields’ fabulous display of wildlife photography. In addition, be sure to check out Virginia Heaven’s amazing watercolors featured at the Clubhouse (by El Agave and the Admin office), also on exhibit until early April.
January 2020 Exhibit at Food Co-op
The Valley Arts Group is exhibiting during the month of January at the downtown location of the Bellingham Food Co-op. Be sure to check out all our lovely pieces on display upstairs in the co-op cafe.
Despite the dreary afternoon, a number of folks enjoyed Valley Arts’ reception at the barn on Saturday, October 19. Many wonderful new art pieces on display, yummy munchies, and pleasant conversation warmed all in attendance.
Scholarship Recipient Attends VAG Meeting
It was so gratifying today to have Western Washington University senior art student Genevieve Gislason, along with Julia Sapin, Chair of Western’s Department of Art and Art History, attend our VAG Quarterly Meeting. Genevieve is the recipient of the Valley Arts 2019 $500 Art Scholarship Award and she came to thank us in person and share some of her wonderful artwork. You are certainly most welcome, Genevieve. We really enjoyed meeting you and Julia; it means a lot that you devoted time and effort into conveying your appreciation in person. The annual scholarship is funded through sales of the VAG calendar, featuring artwork by group members. The 2020 calendar is available now; to purchase one, see any Valley Arts Group member.
What a fun time Friday, August 30, at Vicki Davis’s Alcohol Ink workshop! Vicki had lots of advice and lots of supplies at the ready, so we dove right in learning what these amazing inks will do. And better still … Vicki has promised a future session where she will show us yet more creative techniques for using this fascinating medium! We can’t wait.
Our deepest condolences to our President, Stephanie Strong, on the recent loss of her husband Jon. Our hearts go out to Stephanie and her family.