James Castle Art Festival

A celebration recognizing Garden

Valley born artist James Castle,  who

gained recognition by a number of major

art museums and collectors...........................

The 2017 event was on Saturday the 23rd

in downtown Crouch (Garden Valley), Idaho.  The festival celebrates the creative spirit of James Castle and the creative spark in all of us.

Self-taught artist James Castle (1899-1977) was born profoundly deaf. Sign-language was not taught at the time, and he never learned how to communicate traditionally. Instead, he shared his observations of the world through his art, often capturing Idaho landscapes and the Garden Valley home of his youth. Never formally trained, he is known for his ingenuity with materials and mastery of linear perspective. First recognized in the 1950s, Castle participated in art shows until his death in 1977. Since, his art has been exhibited nationally and internationally including Boise Art Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Spain.

Highlights of this year’s James Castle Arts Festival included a Children’s art show and local artist exhibition, silent auction and gala, James Castle oral history presentation and exhibit, country music concert, and a soap box derby.

Many different events take place during the course of a year.

GVCA keeps its doors open through a combination of class fees, retail sales, gallery art sales commissions, memberships, donations and the generous sponsorship of local businesses and community members and many willing volunteer workers.

We actively apply for grants, and are seeking private sponsorship to keep our doors open for future years.

 SUMMER hours are Fridays-11:00-5:00,  Saturdays-11:00-5:00 and Sundays 1:00-4:00

    WINTER hours are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 1:00-4:00


   The Gift shop & gallery


   Our Gift shop supports local area artists and also helps support the Center for the Arts.

  Come check it out and find that perfect art piece for yourself or as a specially created artistic gift.

Come Visit Us in our new LOCATION MARCH 1st.

GVAC Profile

Garden Valley Center for the Arts


Founded: 2013

Member Volunteers

Areas of Service to the Community: 

     Members of GVCA are providing instructiors that conduct classes at GVHS, allowing students the opportunity to take classes for high school credit.

    Classes for youth and adults

    Monthly Gallery Shows

    Gift Shop promoting local artists' work

19 Market Street
Garden Valley, Idaho 83622



Past Shows and events