Valerie Collymore is a full time oil painting artist who is passionate about the French Impressionist Tradition. She paints in this style, exhibits her work in galleries and prestigious national juried shows, and teaches the science behind art and techniques of the French Impressionists.
Having grown up in the south of France, where many of the original French Impressionists painted, this artist's work brings with it an authenticity gained through the intimate knowledge of the unique landscapes and seascapes of the French Riviera and Provence.
Most works from Valerie's last 6 annual solo exhibits in Seattle have found homes with collectors, and her workshops and classes - including chateau-based workshops in France - during the last 3 years usually sell out.
Gage Academy of Art acknowledges the Coast Salish Peoples as the original inhabitants of this area and connecting waterways. We understand the land that Gage occupies is unceded territory and that today many Indigenous peoples live here and without their stewardship, we would not have access to this space. We honor the Coast Salish Peoples’ sovereignty, rights to self-determination, culture and ways of life. Since time immemorial, Indigenous peoples have called this territory their sacred land. We commit to learning, educating others and repairing the legacy of historically harmful relationships between non-Native and Native peoples in King County. In doing so, we will be honest, and recognize the experiences of Native peoples to include genocide, forced relocation, forced assimilation, and land theft. We also acknowledge Native peoples are survivors, present in today’s world, thriving. We encourage everyone here today to ask themselves: what can I do to support Indigenous communities?
In an effort to be transparent, Gage is contemplating this call to action and re-working how to best support Indigenous communities.