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.
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.
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
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.