Rappahannock Art League, Inc.

aka Studio Gallery, RAL Studio Gallery, RAL Art Center   |   Kilmarnock, VA   |  www.ralartcenter.com

Mission

The mission of RAL is to organize, sponsor and foster the visual arts through exhibits, educational programs and cultural activities that reflect, enrich and inspire our broader community.

Ruling year info

2000

President

Mr. Harold Burnley

Main address

19 N. Main Street

Kilmarnock, VA 22482 USA

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EIN

54-1350962

NTEE code info

Visual Arts Organizations (A40)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Community Celebrations (A27)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

RAL exists due to a long-time, extremely loyal group of artists and art enthusiasts. Most are retired seniors and while many are still very active, we must face the inevitable that growing our membership is necessary to sustain our existence,.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

THE RAL ART CENTER

In 2019, the Rappahannock Art League will celebrate 70 years as the oldest visual arts organization in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula of VA and 20 years in our storefront location in Kilmarnock. We offer residents and visitors a year-round, admission free venue to purchase and enjoy fine arts and crafts and attend community events, receptions and lectures. We provide gallery space for 45 member artists to display and sell their work. We also offer an exhibit space for monthly themed shows, our annual Art Heist fundraiser and week-long Labor Day Show; quarterly "Art Talks"; monthly youth art exhibitions; space for weekly special artist group gatherings and workshop offerings; a small gift shop offering handcrafted items by our members; and two street-front display windows which promote the work of member artists on a monthly schedule.

Population(s) Served

Our workshop programs offer day and evening opportunities for enjoyable, creative experiences and a chance for further development for both children and adults. We offer 20 to 30 workshops each year in various media for the enjoyment of beginning,developing and advanced artists). They are taught by our own highly qualified exhibiting artists, as well as nationally known artists.

Population(s) Served

The Rappahannock Art League is the oldest and largest visual arts organization serving citizens of and visitors to the Northern Neck (Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond and Westmoreland Counties) and Middle Peninsula (Essex, Gloucester, King and Queen, King William, Matthews and Middlesex Counties) of Virginia. Our Community Enrichment Program goes beyond what RAL itself contributes aesthetically and economically. We strive to bring some of the advantages of metropolitan living to our rural community, as well as an awareness of our own indigenous art and artistic potential. The RAL Art Center is a cornerstone in Kilmarnock's downtown revival. Several years ago we took the initiative to bring people to Main Street by inaugurating Steptoes Walkabout and by instituting a First Friday reception that continues today and is free and open to the public. We are a strong supporter of the campaign to support local shopping and participate in sidewalk sales, town parades/openings and Trick or Treat nights. We maintain community venues for displaying exhibits by our artists and work closely with the local school systems, the Lancaster by the Bay Chamber of Commerce, and our regional libraries to offer art-related activities in the community. In 2018, we presented an exhibit "All About Our Watermen" which featured artwork honoring these hardworking members of our community and included archival artifacts and the photography of two Northumberland Middle School students, whose family are watermen. We also collaborate with the Steamboat Era Museum and other organizations in the Northern Neck to undertake major projects. These collaborations have proven to be popular and successful for both our adult and younger populations.

Population(s) Served

Support to school and students, which takes place both at the Art Center and at school locations, is one of the most important ways we can encourage our community's involvement with the arts. We support and supplement our local school art programs by granting classrooms funds for art supplies and equipment, offering summer Art Camps, sponsoring student tours of major art museums, co-sponsoring an annual student art festival, mounting displays of children's art in our gallery and granting scholarships to local college-bound art students.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Our goal is to create an interest in RAL among our community's minority and young adult population.

Our membership team is working diligently on plans for recruitment of new members, to include: incorporating membership drive activities into our 70th year celebration; expanding our communication networks, both internally and externally; creating more visibility at community events; collaboration with other area art organizations; and creation of more gallery activities to involve the community by offering exhibits and talks which we believe would be of interest to our minority community. We will also structure workshops and activities to be of interest to younger adult audiences and offer more evening and weekend sessions.

Our very dedicated group of members and volunteers bring experience from every walk of life to our organization. Many have artistic backgrounds which contribute to our success as a first-class community visual arts center. Others come from corporate backgrounds and have access to contacts for advice and assistance. These supporters donate time and energy, monies and supplies, and an enthusiasm for our mission.

For its first 50 years, RAL conducted meetings, workshops ad exhibitions in church basements, restaurants, libraries and business. Now we are an incorporated, non-profit organization with a member-owned facility on Main Street in Kilmarnock. In 2017, we underwent a refresh to our gallery, which included a reconfiguration of our space to be more user friendly, new lighting and and fresh paint. These improvements were enthusiastically received by both our members and visitors. Membership, interest in our workshops, and viewers to our exhibits continue to grow and attendance at our First Friday receptions and special events have exceeded our expectations.

Financials

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Rappahannock Art League, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 06/27/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Harold Burnley

Retired

Term: 2017 - 2019

Barbara Kershner

Retired

CarolAnne Taylor

Retired

Jeffrey Branflick

Northern Neck Insurance

James A. Butts IV

Rumsey & Buggs

Carol Clark

Retired

Mary Ellis

Retired

Cheryl Mihills

Retired

Anne Paparella

Lancaster by the Bay Chamber of Commerce

Patty Richards

Patty Richard Art

Karen Williams

Retired