Desert Valleys is proud to announce that Mr. Kenneth Sanger has been selected as our 2018 ALVA (Artists Living in Valley Area) award winner. This annual program highlights a local artist in our Community Resource Center during 2018-2019.

The program, which further reflects the credit union’s mission of community growth and involvement, is fairly simple in its function. The program allocates a $1,000 purchase of art from a local artist each year for display in our Community Resource Center. At the end of the one-year exhibition, the credit union will donate the art to three charitable groups:

— The China Lake Museum Auction

— The Maturango Museum Auction

— Ridgecrest Autism Awareness Auction

These groups will then auction the art off to local community members for their home or office. This program allows community artists to be enjoyed by the visitors to the CRC as well as helping our local museums and organizations.

Mr. Sanger’s work will be available for first viewing on April 24th, 2018 during the Annual Membership Meeting of Desert Valleys FCU. During this meeting, Mr. Sanger will be presented his award and discuss his pieces.

If you interested in participating in the 2019 ALVA Award, please request a participation package by emailing us at

Desert Valleys is a not-for-profit financial cooperative committed to serving the Ridgecrest and Trona Community. During 2016, the credit union donated more than $90,000 to support local community groups. Desert Valleys has served the Ridgecrest and Trona communities since 1946 and proudly seeks to improve the lives of our 4,000 members.