For more than a decade Valerie Theberge has been working as a professional artist focusing on mosaic installations. Her work involves creating large and small scale public works that enable energetic shifts through the use of color and form.
After graduating from the San Francisco Art Institute, where she majored in painting and drawing, Valerie moved to China to study the Chinese language and Chinese painting. She received a certificate in Chinese painting in 1992. Her art career took her to Hong Kong where she trained with a British company and specialized in the ancient art of mosaics. While in Hong Kong, Valerie studied Asian culture and obtained her Master’s degree from the University of Hong Kong. She furthered her mosaic knowledge in Italy and received a certificate in smalti mosaics in 2005.
Valerie has worked on projects in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, India, and the United States. She currently works in her studio located in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Visit http://www.valerietheberge.com/ to see her amazing works then come create mosaics with Valerie!
FAMILY PROGRAM: Mosaic Madness! Sunday, June 6, 12:30–2 p.m., repeated 2:30–4 p.m. Join Valerie Theberge for this hands-on workshop inspired by the sculpture of Niki de Saint Phalle. After viewing Saint Phalle’s lively works in front of the museum, participants will explore the mosaic process and create their own work to take home. Free for ages 8–12 accompanied by an adult. Reservations required: email email@example.com or call 202-783-7370.
ROLE MODEL WORKSHOP: Piecing it Together with Valerie Theberge, Saturday, June 26, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Valerie Theberge leads this workshop inspired by the sculpture of Niki de Saint Phalle on view along New York Avenue. Theberge will discuss her art and career, including her public art projects. Then she will guide participants in creating their own mosaic artwork using tiles and mortar. Free for ages 13-18. Reservations required: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-783-7370.