Oils and Watercolors

Our Artists offer a variety of original oil and watercolor paintings featuring settings from Steinbeck Country to Zimbabwe.


Our artists have a wide variety of jewelry for all tastes and budgets. Need something special for tonight - stop by today.

Pastels - Gesso and Mixed Media

Local subjects to views and stills near and far are created just for you in Steinbeck Country.

Prints and Photography

Master Photographers and Printmakers exhibit their finest works - panoramas to woodcuts and etchings.

Textile and Fiber Arts

From silk painting to weaving, we feature a broad selection of beauty and texture for any taste. All handmade by our Steinbeck Country Artists.

Featured Artist

Our featured artist for the month of July is Jim Willis. Jim Willis has a background in technical writing and technical illustration. In 2009, he started painting in oil under the tutelage of long-time friend, Bay Area artist Ramona Kennon. From an almost laughable beginning, Jim’s paintings gradually improved to the point that he felt confident showing them publically. In 2011, Jim’s painting “Max Schmetterling” took third place in the Portraits, Figures, and Animals category of the Monterey County Fair’s Open Division. In 2012, his painting “Old Man in a Hat” took first place in the Portraits, Figures, and Animals category of the Monterey County Fair’s Juried Division. Their reception will be held on Friday July 4, 2014, at the Gallery, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., admission is free and there will be refreshments served.

First Fridays

Salinas Valley Art Gallery participates in the Salinas First Friday Art Walk. Each month, our featured artist for the month is introduced with a reception in the Gallery between 5 and 8 PM. Finger Food and Beverages are provided and you will have a chance to meet many of the Gallery's artists and learn more about their works and their techniques.

Gallery News

This month is our Collectors Choice event! Come into the gallery and purchase a ticket for $60. This entitiles you to attend the reception and participate in the drawing for artwork by one of our artists. A selection of artwork donated by our artists is available for selection. Tickets are drawn starting at 2PM, and you may select any piece from those remaining when your ticket 1s drawn. The champagne reception will be on Sunday, May 18th. If you know of an artist (or are an artist) looking for additional exposure and sales, we accept applications for membership in the gallery at any time and review portfolios semi-annually to fill any openings available.

Hours: 10-5 Mon-Sat -> 10-2 Sun - Until 8PM on First Friday

Special Services

We accept most major credit cards and cash of course. We do have a special layaway program to make it easier to afford that special piece. Finally, our artists usually have additional work not on display currently in the gallery. Most artists can bring in additional work for your review by appointment - all sold through the gallery.