Each year in December the members of the Visual Art League of Lewisville vote for the Asel Artist of the Year. The 2017 winner was Kathy Maybury.

A little over 40 years ago, the Visual Art League of Lewisville was formed. The nonprofit recently celebrated the milestone anniversary with a reception and fundraiser.

“In the 40 years since VAL formed, we have brought new ideas into our exhibits at the MCL Grand Theater Gallery,” said R’Lene Winters. “Last year we had our first installation, Art in Motion, in conjunction with our show, Artrageous.”

VAL is a nonprofit organization bringing art education to the public via free art talks and demonstrations as well as free workshops. VAL presents students of LISD with monetary awards when they have their art exhibited at the MCL Grand.

“Some of our members participated in the artistic application of the mosaic tiles on the sculpture in front of the MCL building and member Daren Fagen designed the sculpture,” Winters said.

At the anniversary event, VAL also hosted a silent art auction benefitting Kyle’s Place, and members donated art to McDonald House in Dallas.

Throughout the year, VAL’s 104 members participate in Western Days and the Holiday Stroll with free ornaments created by children who attend. Their artwork is displayed in the Main Gallery of the MCL Grand four times a year

and in the North Hallway and display case in the lobby.

“We collaborate with the Greater Lewisville Community Theater during the performances to display artwork in their lobby,” Winters said. “Our members volunteer their time to paint the panels relating to the plays, which are displayed in the windows on Main Street, as a community service. We also show artwork at Tierney's Cafe & Tavern.”

In addition, VAL sponsors Acoustic Fridays, which are held at MCL Grand. 

In 2019 VAL plans on having an installation called Black Light, along with 

its Rock and Roll exhibit. There are four shows planned in the Main Gallery for 2019, America the Beautiful, 2018 Fresh Ideas Winner, Mary Carradine and VAL members miniatures, 2019 Fresh Ideas and Rock and Roll.

Winters said there will also be exhibits in the North Corridor Gallery, including Mini Awards, Cell Phone display, Wild West and Black and White. There will also be artwork in the display case in the lobby, including Artist Choice, Mini Art Winner, ATC Abstract, Still Life and Holiday Around the World.

“We are planning to do more workshops for 2019,” Winters said. “We may have another art auction fund raiser for a different charity, but that has not been decided as yet.”

This year VAL members were the host for the Greater Lewisville Arts Alliance 

Angel Awards, with more than sixty patrons in attendance.

“Some of our members participated in the artistic application of the mosaic tiles on the sculpture in front of the MCL Grand building and member Daren Fagen designed the sculpture,” Winters said.

VAL also collaborates with the Greater Lewisville Community Theater by 

displaying artwork in their lobby during their performances. 

“We now participate in displaying artwork in the lobby of the MCL Grand 

Theater during the Lewisville Lake Symphony performances,” Winters said. “We are forging ahead to bring more art into the community for their knowledge and participation.”

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