The West Valley Art Museum (WVAM) recently kicked off its 40th year with a one-of-a-kind exhibit of “Treasures of the West Valley.”

The exhibit will be on display through December 3. Following on the popularity of two previous exhibits in 2018 and 2019, the museum is pleased to show fine art, unusual quality decorative pieces, and artifacts on loan from private collectors. This exhibit is a rare opportunity for locals to admire art that would not otherwise be available for public viewing, according to WVAM. They have also included some paintings and quality prints recently acquired through bequests or donations to the WVAM extensive permanent collection.

This year, WVAM is also delighted to feature the work of some younger artists. The abstract contemporary designs of a talented college woman are themed with the photography and poetry of her mother. The quality fine pencil artistry of a 15-year-old young lady seems to show that design talent runs through many generations in this West Valley family. Also, on view is colored pencil work by a 27-year-old man with Down syndrome who, for two decades, has created and brought recognition beyond Arizona to his intricate design patterns.

In addition to notable international, regional and local artists work, the exhibit includes examples of Sweetgrass Basketry from the Carolinas, unusual tribal artifacts from African countries, and finely stitched molas from San Blas Islands. In addition, attendees will definitely delight in seeing the 6-foot giraffe created by a Mexican artisan.

The WVAM Art Gallery is located on the first floor of Peoria City Hall at 8401 W. Monroe Street in Old Town Peoria. The wearing of face coverings is required as you enter City Hall. WVAM observes all protocols currently in effect including social distancing as you enjoy your visit to the gallery. Regular WVAM Art Gallery hours are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursdays from noon to 6 p.m. For additional information, visit or call 623-972-0635.