Betty Shults, Frank Williams and Gerald Schwartz

Betty Shults, Frank Williams and Gerald Schwartz have works on display at West Valley Arts.

Live art lives.

While many galleries provided online exhibits during the pandemic, “to re-engage with the community face-to-face in a safe, creative environment,” West Valley Arts is presenting Expressions of the West Valley.

The “live” exhibit features local artists Betty Shults, Frank Williams and Gerald Schwartz through Friday, Oct. 9, at the Arts HQ Gallery, 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise.

Shults, who lives in Sun City, works with acrylic and oil on canvas. 

Williams, of Goodyear, uses iron and cactus for Southwest sculpture and masks. Schwartz, also of Goodyear, creates landscapes with oils on canvas.

Gallery occupancy will be limited to 30 people, and reservations are required for the free exhibit. All visitors must wear masks or face coverings, and social distancing will be enforced. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. For reservations, visit westvalleyarts.org.

An exhibit reception is planned from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18. Space is limited, and registration is required.

“We are thrilled to be reopening at a time when the healing and calming power of the arts have never been more important as West Valley Arts continues its long-standing tradition of providing the community with access to and a resource for arts expression,” WVA President and CEO Sandra Bassett said. 

 “Our legacy is reflected in the depth and breadth of West Valley artists with whom we collaborate and to members of the community who are the real beneficiaries of these arts and cultural experiences.”

West Valley Arts also recently hosted a West Valley Arts Online Exhibition.  All submissions to the exhibit, including award winners, can be viewed at westvalleyarts.org.