Valerie's Gallery is a website dedicated to showcasing the art endeavors of Valerie and her associate artists. Valerie is the daughter of Susan and Isaac and sister of Daniel and Angel. She is a treasure in our family and she loves painting and other kinds of artistic endeavors.
Valerie's exposure to art was significantly limited in her middle and high school years because her other academic abilities were best served in a self contained special needs classroom. Valerie has Down Syndrome.
She is an not an artistic genius, but she finds great joy in the paintings and other artwork she creates. Her love of painting was uncovered by a special art teacher who came to her classroom one day in her senior year in high school. This was the only exposure to art she received, outside of "coloring sheets", in her entire middle and high school years.
Because of that experience, we have begun a program designed to do the same for other students in self contained special needs classrooms. Those who wish to showcase their art here are the associate artists. Their names are published in conjunction with their artwork.
“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”