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Garden of Eden – May 4 – 28, 2017

Opening reception Thursday, May 4th from 5 – 8 PM.
Live music and refreshments will be served. All are welcome.
Our featured artist this month is Omar Chapa, fine art photographer. Meet the artist and view his work as well as new works from over 25 other MIVAL members.

May Gallery Flyer 5-17-2


Treasures in Miniature

Seventh Annual Treasures in Miniature Show – A Small Format art Show
April 6 – 28, 2017 

Over thirty artists with over one hundred art items. Cathy Gill will jury the show and awards will be presented Thursday April 6th at the opening reception. Reception hours are from 5-8 PM, with the awards given at 6 PM. The show will run from April 6th -April 28th, 2017. The Gallery looks forward to showing the public our “treasures”. Read more…

Location:  MIVAL Gallery 2836 78th Avenue SE, Mercer Island.
Join us at the opening reception for food, wine and friends!

Treasures in Miniature Show 2017 at MIVAL Gallery, Mercer Island, WATreasures in Miniature Show 2017

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 6th, 5 – 8 PM at MIVAL Gallery
2836 78th Ave. SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040

1st Place $200
2nd Place $100
3rd Place $50

Juror: Cathy Gill

Art Meeting & Demonstration – April 6th

High School Scholarship Program

The annual Mercer Island High School Scholarship Program will make its awards in the spring of 2017. The board has approved increasing our grant this year to at least $2,100 for 3 selected winners. Carol Whitaker is this year’s chair. If you are interested in helping her with the program or need more information, please contact her at or (206) 280-8509. For more information see this page.

Thom Wright, Guest artist 

Artist Thom Wright at MIVAL meeting April 6, 2017The public is welcome! Come and play!
Thom will show us some fun and clever acrylic pouring techniques.

• Can’t draw? No problem.
• Creativity blocked? This can help.
• Just want to play with color? You’re in the right place.

We’ll do direct pours, pours with mediums, dirty pours, pours with inclusions, and pours on a variety of substrates.

This will be a fun experience and give you the knowledge to do your own pours.

Think of it as a play date!
Bio: Born and raised on a Montana ranch, Thom graduated from NYU’s art program in the last century. His primary interest was printmaking. Then he decided he needed to make a living and did what everyone did in the mid-1980’s, he got his MBA. Luckily he was rescued from a world of corporate drudgery a dozen years ago when he went to work at DANIEL SMITH ARTIST MATERIALS. He produced their catalog and did all of the product sourcing for a decade. He continued painting, drawing, printmaking, and teaching. Sharing his knowledge of materials and art techniques is his passion! The acrylic pouring demo is among his favorites to teach!

This is our  monthly meeting on Thursday April 6th.
11:30 – 12:30 General Meeting and guest artist presentation.

Meeting Location: The Chapel, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 4400 86th Avenue Southeast, Mercer Island. Free parking.

MIVAL Jr. – Lighthouse Gallery Youth Art Show:
April 29 – June 3, 2017

A Unique Art Exhibition Opportunity for Students 6th-12th Grade

MIVAL Jr, MIVAL’S new youth outreach program, is launching it’s first art show! After the success of its Holiday Art Show Workshop last December, MIVAL Jr. hopes to continue developing the local young art community with this month-long exhibition. Read more…

MIVAL Jr Lighthouse Art Show 2017


Art UnCorked – Sept. 8th, 2017

Art UnCorked Mercer IslandArt UnCorked event is located in the Mercer Island Town Center – 78th Ave SE and Sunset Blvd.  Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce, City of Mercer Island, Mercer Island Visual Arts League and Mercer Island businesses present an evening of  wine-tasting, art music and food in the Mercer Island Outdoor Sculpture Park.  Mercer Island has an engaging, ever changing, energetic community and September is the perfect time to celebrate Fall.  With our new event layout, it welcomes families to enjoy and explore Art Alley, Seattle food trucks and live music.

Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce partners with Seattle Uncorked, City of Mercer Island, Mercer Island Visual Arts League and MI Arts Council.

More information to follow

Art Explorers

We all benefit by sharing our ideas, experience, critique, and suggestions. We meet at 10:00 at the MIVAL Gallery at the Avellino Building, 2836 78th Ave. SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040. See the website’s Calendar page for updates on events. Please let us know if you plan to attend any of these events.

Remember to check your e-mail titled ART EXPLORERS, or call the MIVAL Gallery (206) 619-6276 for a list of what adventures we have planned. Hope to see you at one, some, or all of the monthly events. This is a great way to connect with fellow artists! Mark your calendars for the currently booked following outings:

April 19th – Olympic Sculpture Park (weather permitting) Lunch to be determined.

May 17th – Flower Power, outdoor adventure. Touring Bellevue Botanical Garden (weather permitting). Lunch to be determined.

June 16th – Edmonds Art Festival, Drive together and have lunch together.

July 28th – Bellevue Arts Fair, Drive together and have lunch together.

August 16thSurya’s Garden, come paint and make a Botanical print. Pack a lunch.

September 20thBainbridge Island Museum of Art

October 18th – Joni’s glass studio, 2 sessions, First at 10 AM , Second at 11:30 (limited to 10 per session). Come blow your own pumpkin, $20 per person. Pack a lunch.

November 15th – Leslie West’s studio, work with hot wax! (limited to 20). Come and make your own encaustic art! $20 per person, pack a lunch.

December 6th – Seward Park Holiday Sale, lunch to be determined.

If you need a ride for any of the eventsplease contact:
Pat Howie   (206) 465-9395
or Joni Johnson