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VAE hosts several artist-run groups, giving them space to meet, connect and plan a path to world domination! All groups are open to anyone interested in attending. 

Abstract & Contemporary Artists’ Group
Meets the fourth Tuesday of every month at 7pm at VAE
This group is similar in concept and practice to the original Painters’ forum but geared more toward artists working with abstraction and contemporary concepts and techniques.

All artists’ groups are free to VAE members and $5 for non-members.


Metalsmith's Group
Meets the second Monday of every month at 7pm at VAE
The metalsmiths' group is VAE's newest artist group, focused on supporting jewelry makers and metalsmiths. The group will be providing support, educational resources, peer critiques, and discussions about pricing, workshops, collaborative exhibits, field trips, etc.

All artists’ groups are free to VAE members and $5 for non-members.


Photographers’ Group
Meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7pm at VAE
This group, coordinated by Ray Pfeiffer, provides a supportive network for photographers looking to explore ideas and techniques, as well as offer each other feedback and support. Conversations typically include discussing exhibition, technical, and professional development opportunities!

All artists’ groups are free to VAE members and $5 for non-members.


Plein Air Painters Group
Meets on Saturdays each month at varying locations during the warmer months.
The group, led by Ann Neely, creates art in response to the surrounding area. This group is open to artists working in a wide range of media. Contact VAE for details.

All artists’ group are free to VAE members and $5 for non-members.


Three Dimensional Artists’ Group
Meets on the third Thursday of every month at 7pm at VAE.
This group is a supportive network for artists to explore ideas and techniques and offer each other feedback and support. Artist are encouraged to bring a current piece, but are by no means obligated to. This group is open to anyone who works with a three dimensional medium or anyone who would like to begin.

All artists’ groups are free to VAE members and $5 for non-members.


Submerged Artists Group
Meets on the First Monday of Every month at 7pm at VAE. 
The puns on Emerging Artists! If you're under 30 (ish), post-undergrad and actively doing all the things like juggling work, teaching, making and showing art, who are saying YES to opportunities and connections, then you'll fit right in! This group is led by Jillian Ohl and is open to all creative disciplines. 

All artists’ groups are free to VAE members and $5 for non-members.


For more information about getting involved, contact Laken Geiger! 

VAE invites (aka tricks) area educators and art professionals to do short individual critiques of your work. Contact Laken Geiger to find out when!