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Artist of the Month

This is a special program used to recognize Victoria Art League members and their artistic creations. It is open to all participating Art League members regardless of their level of experience. The Victoria Art League will not be responsible for loss, theft or damage to any work displayed in the gallery.

Below are the guidelines:

  • Must be a member of the Victoria Art League and have 10 hours of recorded volunteer hours serving VAL in the past six months.
  • Art will be displayed on the four rolling panels in the Nichols Gallery.
  • The four rolling panels will be available on the first day of the month and should be empty on the last day of the month.
  • All aspects of visual art must be acceptable in a community art gallery environment open to the public.
  • Artists are responsible for hanging and taking down artwork.
  • Display area should be maintained in a presentable manner throughout the show.
    • We do not require that all artwork be framed. We do, however, expect that the artwork will be presented in an attractive, artistic manner.
  • Artists are encouraged to host a special reception to promote their exhibit at his/her own expense and must be scheduled with the Victoria Art League. Such reception would be the responsibility of the artist and would need to be scheduled with the Victoria Art League. 
  • VAL will promote the artist through the website, Facebook, newsletter, etc.
  • The artist is welcome to add additional promotion of his/her works at their own expense.
  • Sales of the displayed artwork will be processed using the same guidelines that are used for all other gallery sales.
Ralph Howard

October of the Month Artist

Ralph Howard is a member of the Art League who is always available to help paint, to repair, to do whatever is needed. If he doesn’t have the skill to do it, he will try anyway! Ralph is one of our “younger” members, being 90 years old but is also one of our most active. He has been painting for many years and loves to help others. Having served as a partrooper in the Army and has his pilots license, Ralph is also a retiree from Union Carbide.     

 Ralph knows the value of hard work and perseverance. This is evident in his desire to improve in his artistic skills, always ready to try something new. He has taken workshops from Neldene Matusevich, Mark Keathley, Dalhart Windberg and Angie Banta Brown in the interest of experimenting and learning new techniques.

 Ralph and his late wife worked with the Victoria Civic Theatre in designing and building sets and even performed with the group during the ‘50’s. It was 1958 when he painted his first oil portrait ….his father. In the the 60’s he took art and drafting classes at Victoria College and is presently an active member of the Victoria Art League having served numerous times as an officer. “WE LOVE YOU RALPH!!!”


Our Mission

The mission of the VAL is to provide opportunities for creation, exhibition, education and appreciation of visual art for children and adults.