Group forms to raise funds to build VC’s special art gallery


For many years, the members of the Valley Center artist community and the Valley Center Library have had mutually beneficial relationships.

The library has generously given space to the artist community to display their artwork, hold art classes, and hold art-related auctions and other artistic gatherings. The library visitors enjoyed the constantly changing selection of paintings, photographs and various wall hanging works of art.

Although this relationship between the artists and the library has been mutually beneficial, the library space available and the duration of the exhibition are somewhat limited.

Last year, local artist Barbara Scharnau, who helped set up a number of exhibitions in the library, realized that the time had come for Valley Center to have its own art gallery and classrooms.

Scharnau has brought together a number of resident artists and encouraged them to advocate the idea of ​​creating a Valley Center art gallery and educational space. The group made a number of trips to North County art galleries in search of ideas for starting, organizing, managing, and maintaining a successful local art gallery.

After several months of exploration, the Valley Center Art Gallery was created. The organization is a non-profit company with current board members: Jim Courter, ceramic and hand-blown glass artist, as President; Barbara Scharnau, mixed media artist as treasurer; Gloria Warren, watercolorist as secretary; with the local wildlife photographer Sandra Zelasko and the author / publicist / marketer PJ Campbell as director for PR & Marketing round off the core members.

The Valley Center Art Gallery (VCAG) envisions a space where local artists from the larger Valley Center community exhibit their work; hold art-related talks, meetings, courses, workshops, social gatherings, and more The gallery offers a wide variety of art media including: Painting, photography, drawing, sculpture, pottery, film and video. This community center also provides access to other arts such as: writing, food as art, music, wood carving, flower art, singing, drama / theater, dance, creative thinking, and art inspiration. It will be a multimedia center of and for the arts. Regardless of your age or background, you’re welcome to engage, learn, and share a multi-faceted list of the arts.

The VCAG area is designated as an approximately 4,000 square foot building in accordance with the Library and History Museum and utilizes the area closest to Cole Grade Road. The architectural style will be consistent with these two buildings. There will be approximately 2,500 SF of actual gallery display space with movable lighting and walls to allow the display of works of art of various sizes and media, an art area for students, two classrooms, one with a restaurant-style sink and a drainer to “wet” Media such as watercolor painting and ceramics, a storage room and an office area. There are also plans for a small souvenir shop with salable offerings of works by the participating artists, which will support the VCAG fundraising. A terrace area and a sculpture garden with a wonderful view of Valley Center to the south and west will be created directly outside. It is planned that the VCAG will hold joint events with the library and the Valley Center History Museum to turn the site into a full-fledged community center.

Would you like to get involved?

The VCAG is actively looking for donations to finance the planning and architecture fees to make the gallery a reality.

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