About Us

We are creating more art classes and events for our community! We hope to help people of all ages and economic status have opportunities for creation, exhibition, education, and appreciation of the visual arts! Check out our Class Calendar to see what’s coming up next!

Who We Are

We’re a group of  local  artists  with a passion to share our love of the visual arts with the city of Victoria, TX . We want to channel our unique skills and share them with the community. We can’t wait to meet you and share our knowledge with you! Our community is growing rapidly, and we can’t wait for you to be a part of it

Learn Something Every Day

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John Doe
Founder

Our Mission

We believe all children and adults should have an opportunity for creation, exhibition, education, and appreciation of the visual arts.

Our Vision

We're updating our Vision! Rest-assured, that it includes you!

Our History

We've come along way, And it feels like it's still just the beginning

1966

Est. 1966

Founded As the Metropolitan Art League of Victoria
1966

1986

Victoria Art League, Inc.

VAL OFFICIALLY CHANGED IT’S NAME 
1986

1988

Metropolitan League of Visual Arts

 The organization changed its name in 1984 to Metropolitan League of Visual Arts
1988

1997

$15,000 Grant

VAL received a $15,000 grant for the purpose of trying its wings in a rented building. In the spring of 1998, it leased the gallery of the Old Farmer’s Co-op, 905 S. Bridge St., from Harold Nichols, who had restored the building and operated it as an art center for many years.
1997

Spring, 1998

Historic New Location

 

In the spring of 1998, it leased the gallery of the Old Farmer’s Co-op, 905 S. Bridge St., from Harold Nichols, who had restored the building and operated it as an art center for many years. The Victoria Art League’s opening event was its 1998 Spring Show. 
Spring, 1998

August,1998

Official Grand Opening

The Victoria Art League’s opening event was its 1998 Spring Show.
THE COMMUNITY’S ENTHUSIASTIC SUPPORT CONFIRMED VAL’S FEELING THAT IT SHOULD CONTINUE MR. NICHOLS’ TRADITION OF CREATIVITY IN THIS 1898 TEXAS HISTORICAL LANDMARK
August,1998

August, 1999

Expansion

. In August of 1999, the organization purchased the north-east quarter of the block, including the main building and covered patio, as its permanent home. Along with owning a historical building, there have been many repairs and improvements to the building.
August, 1999

TODAY

Where We are Now

Along with owning a historical building, there have been many repairs and improvements to the building. We’re adding many digital options for our members, expanding our children’s programs. 
TODAY

Board of Directors

Susan Bauer

Susan Bauer

CEO
Have served VAL for many years holding offices such as Social Chair, Vice-President, Recording Secretary, and Corresponding Secretary Have a Bachelor’s and master’s degree in Music Education Moved to Victoria in 1971 when I married Bill Bauer and taught for the VIctoria Independent School District for 32 years as a music teacher at all levels - elementary, junior high and high school. I ended my teaching career at Memorial High School in 2004 with 23 years at Stroman High School prior to consolidation Although I can’t think of any hobbies, through the years I have taken music to many nursing homes, accompanied many students in solo and ensemble contests and led numerous choirs at places of worship. At the present time, Bill and I have 3 grown children and 7 grandchildren with whom we travel and love very dearly. I love the arts and my husband thereby getting involved with the Art League. Our historical building is special to me as I have been active in the renovation and remodeling of its facilities. I believe this building is still one of the “secrets” of Victoria.
Claire Santellana

Claire Santellana

CO-VP
Claire was born and raised in Victoria, TX. As an alumni of St. Joseph High School and UHV, Claire seeks to bring value to the community through visual arts. She's taught children's art classes since 2009. Her past experiences include service on the Arts in Medicine Board for MD Anderson in 2016 and she has previously served as Children’s Director at The Victoria Art League. Claire has worked with many non profit organizations including Cottonwood Center for the Arts, Classical Conversations, and Pikes Peak Library District. After spending several years teaching art in Colorado Springs, she has moved back to her hometown to be near her family. She also enjoys being a mom and has four children of her own.

Bill Bauer

CO-VP
Bill Bauer is currently serving as 1st Vice-President of the Art League. Bill has been involved with VAL since 2003 when he retired from teaching art in the Victoria Independent School District for 34 years. He has served in different capacities during the past 20 years but mainly as President for 6 years. He has been Vice-President before and helped to get numerous demo artists and special workshops for the Art League including Dalhart Windberg and Mark Keathley. Bill has been in charge of Artist of the Month, the Christmas Bazaar, our Market Days, and any function that needs participation. Bill has overseen the remodeling and addition of the pottery studio and many other improvements to our historical building during his tenures as President. He currently teaches classes in Beginning and Advanced Pottery. He is married to Susan Bauer and has 3 grown children and 7 grandchildren . After moving to Sun Valley Dr with 5+ acres of land, he is enjoying gardening, having an art studio and “Working the land”. He travels as much as possible on our Honda Cycle, cruising to other countries and generally enjoying life.

Sandra Haber

Jim Payne

CO-VP
Hello. My name is Jim Payne. I am a retired classroom teacher. After 40 years of teaching, I turned my attention to photography, a hobby that began when I was in high school. It was there a family friend let me use his 4x5 view camera and his darkroom. Then, as an education/journalism student at North Texas State University, I worked as a photographer/photo lab assistant for the university’s newspaper and yearbook. I also worked for the Denton Record -Chronicle, the local newspaper as a reporter/photographer. I sold my first picture to the Associated Press while I was in Denton. I was hooked. I loved photography. However, instead of becoming a photo-journalist, I became a teacher. I taught journalism/photography, English, Industrial Technology classes, one of which was Computer Applications. After retiring, I began to pursue photography again, this time as a wannabe nature photographer. I took nature photography classes and workshops from some well-known nature photographers - Joe McDonald, Bryan Peterson, Larry Ditto, and Ruth Hoyt. In addition, I read books authored by Arthur Morris, Steve Perry, Art Wolfe, John Shaw, Alan Murphy, John and Barbara Gerlach, and others. I became active in the Victoria Photography Club where I continued to learn from some really good amateur photographers – Jim Feig, Mark Oberle, Ted Goris, Fain Zimmerman, Mary Gail Moody, Richard Korczynski, just to name a few. Of course, along my photography journey, I expanded my study to include portrait, landscape, product and flower photography.
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