Oils and Watercolors

Our Artists offer a variety of original oil and watercolor paintings featuring settings from Steinbeck Country to Zimbabwe.


Our artists have a wide variety of jewelry for all tastes and budgets. Need something special for tonight - stop by today.

Pastels - Gesso and Mixed Media

Local subjects to views and stills near and far are created just for you in Steinbeck Country.

Prints and Photography

Master Photographers and Printmakers exhibit their finest works - panoramas to woodcuts and etchings.

Textile and Fiber Arts

From silk painting to weaving, we feature a broad selection of beauty and texture for any taste. All handmade by our Steinbeck Country Artists.

Featured Guest Artist

As a child Peggy dabbled in drawing on sidewalks with chalk. She crayoned drawings for her 4th and 5th grade social studies teachers bulletin boards. In high school she made posters, murals, and painted holiday scenes on the windows of her family home and on the plate glass windows of village businesses. Due to the consensus of her family, (Artists are a dime a dozen. You can't make a living drawing.) Peggy decided on a career in teaching, agreeable with the four teachers in her family. She worked her way around this by majoring in art and minoring in an academic subject to qualify for a teaching credential. In the 60's art was not considered an academic major for a teaching credential. She received her BA from San Jose State in 1967. She taught for 35 years. Now retired, she finds her subject matter in her daily walks and while driving. She has an increasing awareness of light and shadows, shapes and colors. Repetitions of line and patterns, and the temperature of colors of dawn and dusk intrigue her. At times her work frustrates and unsettles her , but mostly she finds it relaxing, stimulating, and exhilarating. She find a freedom and growth in releasing a painting upon completion. Resume: During her 35 years of teaching, Peggy wrote and won 14 grants to support the arts in education. She served on the Arts Steering Committee (Santa Cruz Cultural Council), Board of Directors of Santa Cruz Art League 2000 to the present, was Arts Educator of the year, Open Studio participant, Winners Circle pastel landscapes (Santa Cruz Art League, and has participated in numerous exhibits. Her works have received numerous awards in juried shows. Reception: Peggy's reception will be held at Salinas Valley Art Gallery on Friday Feb. 5th, from 5-8 p.m. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Any questions call the gallery, (831) 422-4162 . .

First Fridays

Salinas Valley Art Gallery participates in the Salinas First Friday Art Walk. Each month, our featured artist for the month is introduced with a reception in the Gallery between 5 and 8 PM. Finger Food and Beverages are provided and you will have a chance to meet many of the Gallery's artists and learn more about their works and their techniques.

Gallery News

Remember - an original work of art is a one of a kind gift that no one else will give your friend or loved one this year! Show them how special you think they are with original Art from our Gallery.

If you know of an artist (or are an artist) looking for additional exposure and sales, we accept applications for membership in the gallery at any time and review portfolios semi-annually to fill any openings available.

Hours: 10-5 Mon-Sat -> 10-2 Sun - Until 8PM on First Friday

Special Services

We accept most major credit cards and cash of course. We do have a special layaway program to make it easier to afford that special piece. Finally, our artists usually have additional work not on display currently in the gallery. Most artists can bring in additional work for your review by appointment - all sold through the gallery.