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Born in the Chicago Suburb of Evanston Illinois and growing up in the town of Skokie, Valerie Lynn has always had two great passions in life, horses and art. Valerie has been fortunate to have spent many years of her life in the equestrian world as a riding instructor, to pass on the joy of what she had learned to others and now she wishes to pass on her other great passion, art glass.
Out of High School Valerie began working for an ecclesiastical art studio and art gallery in Evanston, Illinois while also giving riding instruction in the evenings. While working for the studio she learned about art glass and glass painting, something she had never considered before. As she watched artisans from around the world creating beautiful church windows and other wonderful works of art, she found herself longing to create works of her own in glass. She found herself involved in such large restoration projects as the Tiffany stained glass Dome in Allerton Hall of Chicago’s Art Institute and the Smith Museum of Stained Glass at Chicago’s Navy Pier.
After working on such large projects as these and watching others create beautiful works of art and knowing her growth potential was limited within this family owned studio, she decided to create her own works in glass and to further her knowledge…. Valerie left the Evanston Studio to do so.
While still working in the equestrian field, Valerie had time to take workshops with renowned glass artists such as Dan Fenton, Peter Mc Grain and Milon Townsend. Through each she has learned of different aspects of glass including its technical and mathematical sides. Valerie strives to continue her education in the glass art techniques so that she may share the illuminating colors of her glass works with others.