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Our Mission

The Rutherford County Visual Artists Guild is an organization of artists based in Rutherfordton, NC. Our mission is to engage the community in the arts and encourage a love for the arts. We strive to provide a platform for local artists to showcase their talents and promote the arts.

Our Story

The Rutherford County Visual Artists Guild was founded with the purpose of promoting the arts in our community. We are made up of local artists who share a passion for creating and sharing our love for the arts with others. Our organization has grown over the years and we have established a gallery and gift shop to provide opportunities for local artists to showcase their work. The studio offers classes for all ages to encourage the community to engage with the arts.

The Guild is a volunteer-led organization which thrives on the passion and creativity of individuals who generously contribute their time and artistic talents. Our guild is a vibrant community where artists, both seasoned and aspiring, come together to collaborate, inspire, and enrich our local cultural landscape. Our volunteer leaders play a pivotal role in coordinating exhibitions, workshops, and events that celebrate diverse forms of artistic expression. The collective dedication of our volunteers transforms our guild into a dynamic hub for artistic growth, where each member contributes to the shared goal of promoting the arts and fostering a sense of community through the transformative power of creativity. Through the leadership of our volunteers, we aim to create an enduring legacy that inspires a love for art and cultural appreciation within our community.

Our Leadership

Board of Directors:

The board of directors for The Guild is a diverse and dynamic group of individuals, each bringing a unique blend of expertise and passion to guide the institution towards excellence. Comprising seasoned professionals from various fields such as fine arts, business, philanthropy, and academia, the board members collectively contribute to the strategic vision and operational oversight of the organization. Their commitment to fostering artistic innovation and cultural enrichment is evident in their dedication to supporting emerging artists, organizing impactful exhibitions, and promoting community engagement. With a shared commitment to the organization's mission, the board of directors plays a pivotal role in shaping the cultural landscape by providing invaluable leadership, thoughtful governance, and unwavering support for the vibrant arts community we serve.

  • President:  Paula Rogalski

  • Vice President:  Misty Johnson

  • Treasurer:  Tom Phelps

  • Secretary:  Pat Konicki

  • Past President:  Diane Atwell

  • At-Large Members:  Amanda Maishman, Kris Willing, Willard Witson

Our Volunteers

Our volunteer staff at the art guild embodies a vibrant tapestry of creativity, passion, and dedication. Comprising artists, educators, and art enthusiasts, these individuals generously contribute their time and expertise to cultivate a thriving artistic community. From organizing exhibitions to leading workshops and assisting with administrative tasks, our volunteers play a crucial role in the guild's day-to-day operations. In essence, our volunteer staff is the heartbeat of the art guild, infusing it with the energy and passion that make it a dynamic hub for artistic expression and community engagement. We invite you to become a volunteer with The Guild. Visit our volunteer page to see opportunities and ways to help.

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