Welcome to the Mercer Island Visual Arts League

The Mercer Island Visual Arts League promotes and encourages the visual arts of its members and the community. Members show their work throughout the year in local businesses and at MIVAL Art Gallery in the Town Center.

MIVAL Gallery ImageMIVAL 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.

Annual Art Shows
Treasures in Miniature Show: April
Summer Celebration: July
Junior Art Show: July
Art UnCorked: September
Holiday Show: November/December

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.

MIVAL GalleryMIVAL Gallery WindowGallery Sept. 2011

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. In addition to five annual open call shows that MIVAL sponsors, the gallery has monthly shows of members. Opening receptions are on the first Thursday of the month.

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
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. We usually meet in the Chapel which is upstairs in the main building accessed from the front parking lot on 86th.

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 many thanks to Emmanuel Episcopal Church for hosting our meetings!