Originally affiliated with the Rio Grande Valley Federation of Women's Clubs, organized in McAllen, Texas, in 1935; in 1972, inncorporated and chartered as a non-profit organization. In 2006, relocated to the to its current location at the Kika de la Garza facility provided by the City of Mission.
Special recognition goes out to the City of Mission which welcomed the Upper Valley Art League and provided a building to house the art organization. The City had the vision of having an art center in the community, and the members of UVAL did not disappoint. Membership grew to over 200, exhibiting skills of all levels through multiple mediums.
Through the efforts of UVAL President Maxilou Link, the City supported expansion of the art league. While the main building served as a gallery, the adjacent expansion built by city served as a working space for artists. This now houses room for workshops and meetings, space for life art, clay, welding, painting, stained glass, and other mediums. The annex deservedly was named the Art Link in recognition of Maxilou's drive and commitment to develop the arts at the Upper Valley Art League. After 16 years serving as President, Maxilou retired from her position in 2020 at the age of 95.
The City of Mission, the leadership of Maxilou Link, and the members who now drive the organization are what makes the Upper Valley Art League. It runs on 100% volunteer time.
Original painting by Joyce Capen: Maxilou Link