201 Washington Avenue Grand Haven Michigan 49417 616-846-5460


Valerie Boet


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 landscapes 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. 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.


1983 Master of Arts Degree, Drake University
1971 University of Iowa B.A., art major with a focus in painting

Exhibits and Awards:

Lakeland Artists Best of Show Award 2009: Grand Haven, MI

Lakeland Artists Spring Show Anonymous Donor Award 2016: Grand Haven, MI
Lakeland Artists Fall Show First Place 2015, Grand Haven, MI
Bettye Clark Cannon Gallery Invitation 2014: Muskegon, MI
LowellArts! Farm Show 2014: Lowell, MI

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Improbable: Watercolor and pen and ink


Lakeshore: Oil


Awash in the Wind: Oil


Early Fall on Lake Michigan: Oil


Twisted: Fiber Wall Piece


Izzer and Bruiser go for Ice Cream: Watercolor and pen and ink


Lah Di Dah: Fiber Basket