MVAL General Meeting - Next meeting is January 18, 2023. It is planned as a combination in-person and virtual meeting. For more information, click here.
All members will receive an email before the meeting telling you how to log on to ZOOM to attend. The meeting will be open for log-in starting around 7pm.
January Monthly Meeting - Jan. 18
Cris invites members to draw or paint along with your favorite medium. Select a couple of your landscape photos for inspiration. She will demonstrate a line approach to designing a scene.
Art of the Month for January will be in person with the theme of Gray of Grays.
January Demonstrator - Cris Gordy
Cris Gordy’s painting inspiration comes from a childhood passion for drawing and comic books. Soon after moving to Los Angeles from Boston, Cris returned to teaching and her earlier artistic pursuits focusing on watercolors. While developing her own expressive style, Cris has studied composition with Fealing Lin and John Byram. She has been deeply influenced by Vlad Yeliseyev and Dario Percy Ccallo, and continues to study perspective with Gabriel Canteros (Argentina). Cris has been in academia all through her career and have taught different subjects to all ages. She holds degrees in Liberal Arts.
Cris got first place in the Urbanscape category at this year’s MVAL Annual Show (Juror: Kathleen Scoggin). Her work was accepted at the FabrianoInAcquarello Catalog 2019. In 2018 she got second place in the Mval show Genre category. The same year she was accepted at the Rhode Island Watercolor Society National Show (Juror: Vlad Yeliseyev). In 2017, Cris received an Honorary Award from the Valley Watercolor Society.
Local Learning Opportunities
Are you looking to learn some new art skills, or just get together regularly with fellow artists? It's time to sign up now for winter classes. Art classes make great gifts for someone special or yourself. We are fortunate to have local arts programs with a variety of classes to choose from, some taught by MVAL members, including Julie Crouch, Rosina Maize, Pete Morris, Fealing Lin, Jennifer Zapp, Cris Gordy & John Byram!
If you are interested in a new skill, take a look at these offerings (link in title):
Creative Arts Group, 108 N. Baldwin Ave., Sierra Madre
San Gabriel Recreation Center, 250 South Mission Dr., San Gabriel
BMAI Studio, 2228 Florencita Dr, Montrose, CA 91020
McGroarty Arts Center, 7570 McGroarty Terrace, Tujunga, CA 91042- New classes begin January 2023,
Glendale Parks - Various locations- Class registration
Combination in person and virtual General Meetings!!
Check Your Email!!
The MVAL Board of Directors has decided that starting in September 2022, we will offer a combination of in person and virtual general meetings. For more information, click here.
For in person, we meet in the same location
Church of the Good Shepherd
400 W Duarte Road
Arcadia, CA 91007
For those who want to continue to Zoom the meeting, Julie Crouch will continue to send an email blast to all MVAL members with a Zoom invitation for the general meetings going forward.
The email will give instructions on how to join the Zoom meeting with your device of choice (computer, iPad or smartphone).
2022 MVAL Virtual Members' Show
2022 Best of Show & President's Award
Art & the Artist
January 2022 Cover Art
Why I Moved to California - I was born and lived until my 30s in the Chicago suburbs. I experienced way too many cold and snowy days like the one depicted here. Brrr! Jennifer Zapp If you'd like to see your artwork on the cover, please send it to Joyce!
The MVAL monthly newsletter is available to download here.
Just Add Water – Water Media
Monday, Wednesday, & Friday
February 20, 22, & 24, 2023
Online: ZOOM virtual meeting
This workshop is for all levels of painters. Details on workshop in the pdf file above. An electronic device, such as a PC/tablet/Phone, will be needed.
MVAL Workshops 2022
February 20, 22, & 24, 2023 (Monday, Wednesday, & Friday)
Alison Watt - Her demo was held on October 19 (Wednesday)- Virtual via Zoom
March 17-19, 2023 (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)
George Politis - his demo was held on September 21 (Wednesday)
- Virtual via Zoom
April 20, 21, and 22, 2023 (Thursday, Friday & Saturday)
Carolyn Lord - her demo will be April 19, 2023
- Her 3-day workshop is a plein air class. Each day will be outdoor on a different location near Arcadia, California.