Valerie Boet in front of her oil painting, “Beach Walks”.
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Art has been an important part of my life and career. The process of making art is an enjoyable fulfilling journey for me. It begins with an idea and planning its execution, then the meditative and quiet state of creative focusing until completion. Somewhere in my process I often experiment for fun, not being particularly interested in having a “style”, but trying always to maintain quality.
My painting media are oil and watercolor. Nature and landscape painting are often subjects for me. Lake Michigan with its many moods offers such a different landscape from the rolling hills of Iowa where I grew up that I have found the big lake fascinating. I often work realistically in oils and watercolors using my own photographs for references, but have also painted abstractly.
I work with fibers too, like yarn, beads, driftwood and other found objects. I weave using the coiling core method and often incorporate driftwood, feathers and beads into my baskets and wall pieces.
In 1986, I was hired by Grand Haven Schools to teach elementary art. I had a wonderful career as an art teacher for 27 years and I retired from teaching in 2012.
Education and Career:
2014 Joined Gallery Uptown
2012 Retired from teaching
1986 Began teaching art at Grand Haven Public Schools
1983 Master of Arts Degree, DrakeUniversity
1971 University of Iowa B.A., art major with a focus in painting
Exhibits and Awards:
2016 Anonymous Donor Award, Lakeland Artists Spring Show
2015 First Place, Lakeland Artists Fall Show
2014 Bettye Clark Cannon Gallery
2014 LowellArts! Farm Show
2013 Muskegon Museum of Art Regional Show
2009 Best of Show Award, Lakeland Artists
2006 Third Place Award White River Gallery, Change of Seasons Show
2005 Muskegon Museum of Art Regional Art Show