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GVCA is the Centerpiece of Art and Entertainment in Crouch

Scouring the bid sheets at a chocolate auction and viewing local artists work makes Garden Valley Center for the Arts just one of the monthly treats for the area.  Every month brings beautiful art to gaze at. Some unique pieces are available for purchase. With art show galas the first Saturday of every month, there is a chance to meet the artist(s), mingle with friends over wine and specially made hors d’oeuvres.

February is the annual Chocolate Auction that brings in a crowd to bid on delicious treats.  This year they brought in over $800 of chocolate madness, including cakes, cookies, almond roca, truffles and even chocolate wine. Board Member Greg Simione said, “What a nice fundraiser for getting class supplies, developing new classes and being able to pay artists to teach.  We are so grateful and thankful for those members bringing chocolate items to the auction.  Their hard work and dedication does not go unnoticed.”  GVCA Director Lois Heffernan, “the auction went very well and the money was raised for the kids.”

The Annual Kids Art Show is coming up March 4th from 6-8pm at the Gallery. This show has grown each year since its inception four years ago and remains one of the biggest for attendance.   It is open to students from all over Boise County. This includes home schooled students.  This will be a multimedia show and the student’s work will be for sale. The show rings another great opportunity and experience for the students.   Simione and members of the art center acknowledged that “each year the quality of the work is so impressive and we expect no less this year.”

There are a few simple guidelines for student art to be shown. Two and three dimension artwork is accepted using any medium. For paintings or drawings the Art Center will frame but they cannot be larger than 8×10. Larger works should be framed by the artist.  This means that not all entries may be displayed and our choices are limited to space available on walls and pedestals.  The GVCA board encourages entries “as it is still valuable experience for young artists to have their work go before a jury in a gallery.”

Coming in May is the Annual Spring Fling fundraiser sponsored by GVCA to be held on first Saturday in May.  If artists and crafters are interested in securing an outdoor booth space in downtown Crouch for that day, please contact Connie Taylor-Hunt at 462-2632.

Article and Photos by Janet Juroch – BCC Staff