Garden Valley Center for the Arts, or simply GVCA, was founded in 2013 by a group of inspired volunteers who wanted to bring opportunities in the arts to our community.
Garden Valley Center for the Arts grew out of twin desires to promote local Boise County artists and to provide arts education for children and adults.
Opening in April 2013, the first show, Selections from Garden Valley Art, featured work of hometown artists spanning multiple mediums. From then and continuing, GVCA, has been an active hub of creativity in the community.
GVCA supports art shows in the gallery space each month from February through December. Monthly exhibitions provide an opportunity for the community to experience art they might not otherwise be exposed to.
Ranging from themed group shows of work by Garden Valley artists, to solo- or co-artist shows of regional art from McCall, Boise, Stanley, and other Idaho communities, you'll find a diversity of mediums.
The gift shop is like an art exhibition all in itself. From fiber arts to glass and pottery, to paintings, cards, music, jewelry, and more. GVCA is thrilled to showcase the talent of our local artists in the gift shop.
Each artist maintains their own selection of works and regularly updates or adds new items. Check back often to see what's new. Learn about our artists here!
Interested in becoming a gift shop artist? Contact Linda at email@example.com.
Each March, in celebration of National Student Art Month, GVCA exhibits work by high school artists from Garden Valley and Horseshoe Bend public and home schools.
During the reception, two special awards are given for People's Choice and "Best of Show". Attendees are invited to vote for the People's Choice Award, The Judges Prize for "Best of Show" is selected by a group of retired art teachers who are members of GVCA.,
Honoring locally-born artist, James Castle, GVCA has hosted an annual weekend celebration several years.
While currently on hiatus , we look forward to bringing this event back and encouraging more "outsider artists" within our community.
The gallery and gift shop host a permanent James Castle area with information about his life and art, along with items for sale.
From GVCA's start, the center strove to fill a need in local schools. At the time, no dedicated art classes were available. Tapping into the diverse pool of local potters, painters, glass workers, fiber artists, etc., GVCA provided art programs at Garden Valley High School, until the district hired an art teacher in 2019. GVCA also runs summer art camps for middle school students.
GVCA has also offered various classes for adults to encourage them to learn and create. Classes have included basic drawing, painting, pottery, and fiber classes. The center hopes to bring adult classes back again in the future.
In addition to visual arts, GVCA has sponsored art performers to the Garden Valley area. Performances have included music by “Classical Revolution”, a chamber ensemble from San Francisco, and the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company out of Salt Lake City which integrated a week of instruction through movement into the schools.