Monday: Closed Tuesday - Friday: 10 AM - 6 PM Saturday: 10 AM - 2 PM
UPPER VALLEY ART LEAGUE
The Upper Rio Grande Valley Art League was organized in February of 1935 in McAllen, TX. It was affiliated with the Rio Grande Valley Federation of Women’s Clubs. The league’s objectives were three fold: to study art and cultivate an appreciation of art in the valley, to encourage the development of art in young artists, and to sponsor two or more annual art exhibits. The very first meeting was held at the McAllen Chamber of Commerce. The organization adopted a pledge, a motto, and two symbols: PLEDGE Knowing that membership in this organization carries with it a duty, I pledge myself to be faithful to its interests, to always refrain from destructive criticism, to share its responsibilities, and to guard its reputation.
MOTTO “All passes: Art alone endures”
SYMBOLS Flower: Sunflower Colors: Green and Yellow
The first appointed President was Mrs. Earl Trantham. The first year’s membership included: Mrs. Earl Trantham, Mrs. W. F. Robinson, Mrs. Kyler, Mrs. Lewis, Miss Bertha Adams (Ridderhoff), Mrs. F. E. Beth, Mrs. Walter Campbell, Miss Dorothy Campbell (McCullough), Mrs. R. M. Schmick, Mrs. P. M. Perkins, Mrs. Percy Herman, Miss McMurtry.
PAST PRESIDENTS 1935-Mrs. Earl Trantham 1936-Mrs. H. E. Kyler 1937-Mrs. J. T. Hempel 1938-Mrs. E. W. Shuman 1939-Mrs. W. P. Robinson 1940-Mrs. John Stahl 1941-Mrs. Walter Campbell 1942-Mrs. Cecil Robinson 1943-Miss Eugenia Sheppard 1944-Mrs. P. M. Perkins 1945-Mrs. Arthur Jury 1946-Mrs. J. T. Hempel 1947-Mrs. W. P. Robinson 1948-Mrs. P. M. Perkins 1949-Mrs. Walter Burden 1950-Mrs. Walter Burden 1951-Mrs. Walter Hatfield Mrs. Hal M. Barrett 1976-Bess Hensley 1977-Bess Hensley 1980-Mr. Richard Rissmann 1981-Mrs. Jessie Taylor 1982-Mrs. Jessie Taylor 1983-Virginia Callaway 1986-Dorothy Dyer 1988-Edward J. Sandy/Delores Sandy 1989-Katy Kirtley 1992-Carrie Griesel/Katherine Cook 1993-Marion Bleile 1994-Norma Meadows 1995-Larry Nusser 1996-Carol Murphy 1997-Annette Fortson 1998-Maxilou Link 1999-Maxilou Link 2000-Denise Silcox 2001-Pat Chiaia 2003-Maxilou Link 2006-Present, Maxilou Link
UVAL moved into its location in the Kika de la Garza Fine Arts Center at 921 E. 12th St., in Mission, TX in 2006.
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