Welcome to James River Art League
History of JRAL
James River Art League is one of the oldest art groups in Richmond and was organized in 1964 by members of a painting class taught by Helen Hull Bailey. Through her persuasion, an art league was formed south of the James River; early meetings were held in a small white house on the grounds of Westover Hills School. The membership grew and soon the League included artists from both sides of the James River. Today, JRAL remains anchored in Greater Richmond, although we have members from throughout Central Virginia.
In 2014, we celebrated our 50th anniversary with a year long celebration. Visit our Anniversary News page for more information about our celebratory activities. We also published a commemorative book, James River Art League: 50 Years of Art, that chronicles JRAL's history for our first fifty years; click here to read our book.
Meetings & Programs
We welcome guests to join us at our Program/Business meetings at St. Matthews Episcopal Church located in Henrico County in September, November, January, March, and May. Field trips and special programs for members occur in October, December, February and April. Please visit our Meetings/Programs page for full details.
Become a Member
We jury in members in November and March. Click here for a membership application and more information about membership.
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