Born and raised in Asheville, artist Valerie Berlage still calls the mountains of Western North Carolina home. As a child she helped her grandfather in his woodworking shop, and she painted and learned traditional Southern handcrafts from her grandmothers. It was Valerie’s close ties to her family and a love of the mountains that kept her in WNC after earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Working for a local crafter for several years reawakened her love of woodworking, and she enrolled in the Professional Crafts-Wood Program at Haywood Community College in Clyde, North Carolina. Her art has gone through several transitions over the years, but it has always remained rooted in her relationship with her loved ones. Finally finding a comfortable balance between her backgrounds in mixed media printmaking, woodworking, and handcrafts, Valerie has created a perspective and aesthetic that is colorful, whimsical, and functional.
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