Welcome to the Mercer Island Visual Arts League

2014 MIVAL Holiday Show card front

Nov. 3 – December 19 at MI Community & Event Center

MIVAL has been involved for more than 50 years creating community through the visual arts. We welcome all artists, all mediums, and all levels of interest. Monthly meetings with guest speakers are held each month.  Special art shows such as Summer Celebration, Junior Art Show, and the Holiday Show as well as MIVAL Gallery, support all artists and their endeavors. Proceeds from these events support annual visual arts scholarships to MI High School. MIVAL has been a charitable organization since 1961.

Art Shows in 2014
Treasures in Miniature Show: April
Summer Celebration: July 11—12
Junior Art Show: July 11—12
Art UnCorked: September 12
Holiday Show: Nov 3—Dec 19

MIVAL was the inspiration of a handful of local artists in 1961. At that time they agreed to form a network of local artists to meet regularly to discuss art, show and sell their artwork, and to provide art demonstrations to members. For fifty years, MIVAL has continued to provide inspiration and support to numerous artists in our community.

We have painters, fiber artists, photographers, as well as artists who work in glass, jewelry, ceramics, encaustic media and film. We hold regular meetings and exhibit our work at different business venues in our community.

In 2009, MIVAL opened a gallery in the spirit of a cooperative. Each member takes part in the support and management of the gallery. Membership is open to all members of the larger MIVAL organization. All MIVAL members have opportunities to show their work at the gallery as well as other venues on Mercer Island.

Board and General Meetings held Monthly excluding June, July, August and December. General Meetings are open to the public.

Join us for gallery receptions on the first Thursday of the month from 5 – 8 pm and see our CALL FOR ENTRIES page for open calls for upcoming art shows

MIVAL membership meetings are held September through May on the first Thursday of the month. Board meetings are 10 – 11:30 am and the general meetings are held afterward. General meetings often include a guest artist demonstration and offer members a time to get together informally.

  • 11.30 AM Socializing
  • 12 Noon Business Meeting, Announcements
  • 12.30 PM Guest Artist Demonstration

Meeting Location:
Emmanuel Episcopal Church Parish Hall,
4400 86th Avenue Southeast, Mercer Island, WA 98040-4146.

From downtown Mercer Island, take Island Crest Way south, take a left at 40th, take a right onto 86th Ave SE, after about 3/4 mile the Church is on your left. Parking on your left, or in the next left driveway. Parish Hall is the freestanding building, covered entrance on the East side of the building.

Coming from the South end, take a right onto 86th (Y in the road), take a right onto the first or second driveway after SE 45th St. and park. Another parking lot is located on the East side of the church building and can be accessed from SE 44th.

Our thanks to Emmanuel Episcopal Church for hosting our meetings!

Benefits of Joining MIVAL

Art Talk
Art Talk takes place every First Tuesday at 10:00am. Location, hosted by a member, is TBD each month. Members bring works of art to show and discuss progress and learn critique. If coming for the first time, please contact Lucia Neagu 206-973-4446, or Grace Hamada.

MIVAL Gallery
MIVAL Gallery is looking for a Gallery member to take the role of Workshop Chair. Please contact June Lindsey for more information. The Gallery is also seeking members to give workshops in their art field.

Share your talents and skills
We’re such a diverse and talented group. Have you ever taught a class, written an article or a book? Would you like to share what you know with our group? Let us know what you’d like to do! We have monthly presentations by members and non-members at our general meetings. If you have a suggestion let us know.

The Membership Directory
The Membership Directory is created annually and available to our members at the membership meetings.

Artist Venues for Members on Mercer Island
All members are invited to show their art in local businesses. Venues vary and can accept 2-D and/or 3-D work. Please contact Marianne Bond or Mary Chalker if you are interested in showing and what kind of art you have to show. To see where our members are showing now, go HERE.