TVAA’s first two years

The Treasure Valley Artists Alliance (TVAA) was formed in 2010 as a result of many conversations between artists in search of an organization to address their needs.  Melissa Chambers, a local visual artist, worked with Terri Schorzman, Director of the City of Boise Department of Arts and History, and Michelle Coleman, of the Idaho Commission for the Arts, to create facilitated conversations among local visual artists to get their ideas. From those Culture Cafe events in late 2009 momentum quickly increased and a fledgling group began to hold monthly meetings. Core goals identified by the participants included assistance, education, exhibitions, collaboration and connection between artists, along with the need for more community. The first elections of board members took place in February 2010, a name was voted on and adopted, and monthly meetings were scheduled.

Participation in the meetings averaged around 20-30 artists. Benefits and dues were established in March of 2010 and TVAA membership climbed from 23 in April 2010 to 108 in April 2011. Events were held to bring artists together, including social mingles, coffee klatsches, artists’ open studios, and even a picnic in the park. General meetings changed from monthly to every other month in 2011 and they became focused on education for artists.

TVAA’s first annual exhibit, entitled Foray, opened in the spring of 2011 and drew in over 500 viewers during the course of the show at the offices of Boise State Public Radio. Over 45 local artists were represented and many received exposure in the Treasure Valley for the very first time.

Collaborations between artists included a booth at Tour de Fat which pulled in members of the public to help with a communal mural of a bicycle, to “art walls” at the Modern Art event in downtown Boise in 2010 and again in 2011. Relationships between TVAA and other organizations were forged, including the City of Boise Arts and History Department, Idaho Commission for the Arts, Quality Arts in Garden City, Boise State Public Radio, the Capital City Market, the Brick Oven Bistro, Green Chutes, and VSA Arts.

Alongside these actual relationships and events, TVAA established a virtual presence on the internet with a website and a Facebook page. Both provided ways for local artists to promote their workshops and exhibits, along with a venue for displaying their work in an online gallery space that included hundreds of artworks by TVAA’s members. The website also provided free resources for artists to learn more about building their own websites, participating in local exhibition opportunities, identifying places to buy art supplies and services, as well as sharing information to protect them, like scam prevention and fraud alerts.

In the spring of 2011 the TVAA board of directors voted to take steps to become a non-profit organization. The board researched, debated and voted on bylaws. After deliberation, the board applied for and received approval from membership to create articles of incorporation.

The mission of the TVAA is to forge connections among visual artists in the Treasure Valley in order to create opportunities for creative collaboration, support, and community contribution. TVAA has established a record of maintaining this vision and actively pursuing it. The 2012 board was made up of hard working, active members — all visual artists — including Cate Brigden, Melissa Chambers, Mike Shipman,  Bonnie Peacher, Penny Mackie, Pam McKnight (Secretary), Will Spearman (Treasurer) and Michael Chambers (President).

TVAA’s first two years focused on creating awareness in the artist community and on building membership.

Photo by Ivars Krutainis on Unsplash

Our mission is to forge connections among visual artists in the Treasure Valley, to create opportunities for creative collaboration, and to support the artistic community.


The Treasure Valley Artists Alliance makes connections among visual artists throughout Idaho’s Treasure Valley, including Boise, Eagle, Meridian, and beyond. TVAA’s members represent an incredibly diverse set of talents, abilities, and experience. We support art and artists through quarterly exhibitions, a searchable online gallery, artist forums, announcements of calls to artists and local art news, community posts, professional development workshops, a directory of artists’ resources, and social events bringing local artists together.

Treasure Valley Artists Alliance, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


Board of Directors






Suzanne Knorr is the Secretary and member of the board.
Email: Secretary@TreasureValleyArtistsAlliance.org





Alan Bailey is the Treasurer, a member of the board and is also the Calendar Coordinator.





Cindy Marlow is the Chair of Membership and a member of the board.
Email: Membership@TreasureValleyArtistsAlliance.org






Jill Storey is a member of the board and a Volunteer Coordinator.






Jessie Swimeley is the President of the board.
Email: President@TreasureValleyArtistsAlliance.org


Staff





Leslie Jay Bosch is a Curator of Nampa Civic Center Exhibitions.
Email: Extra@TreasureValleyArtistsAlliance.org






Mike Chambers is the Website Administrator. Mike served on the Leadership Team from September 2009 to January 2010 and as President of the Board from January 2010 to March 2014.
Email: WebAdmin@TreasureValleyArtistsAlliance.org






Claire Remsberg is Exhibition Curator and an Exhibiting Artist member. She is both artist and architect. She loves to paint by the river’s edge and explore other curiosities through her art and design. Being part of TVAA helps her meet other committed artists and support the art community that in turn supports her.
Email: ArtCurator@TreasureValleyArtistsAlliance.org





Will Spearman is the Graphic Designer and Email Coordinator. Will served as Membership Chair from January 2010 to April 2014, and as President of the Board from April 2014 to September 2016.
Email: Info@TreasureValleyArtistsAlliance.org