Around or before 1976, Merrick Art Club formed. Edwin Dempster Merrick wanted the Gallery to be a place for education in the arts. Elizabeth Douglas and Dona Boots were two of the original members. Soon in 1977, The Association of Valley Artists and Craftsmen was founded as an outlet for Creative expression.
AVAC developed into a county wide organization, which held its first show at the Douglas Art Gallery in Rochester.
Then in the spring of 1978 the first juried arts exhibition was held at the Merrick Art Gallery in New Brighton. The exhibit drew merit awards from local businesses and national art supply companies.
The name of the group evolved into Beaver Valley Artists. This group continually provides the Beaver County Area with a valuable pool of talent. An annual juried show is still held at the Merrick Art Gallery. Special exhibitions and opportunities for community involvement vary.
The most unique activity of this group is it's monthly meetings. From September to May, a production activity or a demonstration by an accomplished local (and sometimes nationally known) artist is held on the Second Thursday at 7:00 P.M. in the Merrick Art Gallery 1100 5th Avenue, New Brighton. Although membership in the BVA is encouraged, the meetings are free to the public.
Beaver Valley Artists continues to provide Beaver County with a prestigious art association that helps foster the study and practice of original fine arts. It promotes local art exhibitions, and fosters community interest and appreciation of the original fine art.
Jennie Johnstone - President
Debra Tobin - Vice President
Colleen Tittiger - Secretary
Lynn Roberts - Treasurer
Laurie Fillinger - Programs
Mary Jane Hadley - Membership
Kathy Bischak - Publicity