history-2The Little Gallery That Could

For more than 70 years, Valley Art Gallery has been one of the premier art galleries in the East Bay. It was a pioneer in the philosophy that art improves people’s quality of life.

In September 1949, it held its first show, Outdoor Art Shows, in conjunction with the Walnut Festival in Walnut Creek City Park. This event featured paintings, weavings, sculptures, and music, and was very successful. With this show, a tradition was born.

Valley Art Gallery is a nonprofit, all volunteer organization, and has built a reputation as the best place to see the highest quality, most affordable artwork by some 150 emerging and established Bay Area artists and craftspersons. Our history of exhibiting artists reads like a Bay Area arts Hall of Fame, from George Post to Lundy Siegriest to Pam Glover.

We are also the only gallery in the East Bay that offers the option of renting before buying. Our rental program is an easy and inexpensive way to experience a wide variety of original artwork in your home or office before making a purchase decision.

In addition, Valley Art Gallery continues to encourage art education in the community by supporting art programs in selected schools with our annual Gloria Marshall Memorial Gift.