Flint artist, Valorie J. Horton began working in ceramics in the fall of 1995 at the FIA Art School. She states "clay has now become a part of who I am. The one-on-one involvement with clay gives me endless challenges. Throughout my many years of creating art, I have tried to define my potter's voice, my integrity, my honor, and my life's passion."
Horton is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a MA in Management of Human Resources. She worked for General Motors for 30 years where she spent most of her career as a manager of Skilled Trades and Quality.
"That path between the technical reality and the imagination of my spiritual self is the language that I choose to express in clay. In my work I am driven to embellish, incise, and manipulate the forms. I enjoy manipulating the viewer's eye to explore subtle changes and repetitive patterns within my work. You will see technical aspects included in function and utility in my work. I believe to be successful, my work must awaken the viewer's response to look beyond the surface of the object. Through clay I search for a direct link to the soul."
Horton served two six-year terms on the Flint Institute of Arts Board of Trustees, she now works as the Coordinator for the Visitor Services Department at the FIA. Horton is very active in the Flint community serving on numerous boards, The Chosen Few Arts Council, and the Friends of Berston Field House. She is also a past board member of The New McCree Theater and The Pierians Inc.
Horton has exhibited before in the Art Sales and Rental Gallery at the FIA, and the Greater Flint Arts Council.
Denise Willing-Booher is the people's choice award winning artist at the Art Sales and Rental Gallery sponsored plein aire paint day at Applewood this summer. She transforms unflattering, inanimate and living subjects into dynamic watercolor paintings, taking our human perception of nature further into simple expressive shapes and lines. Utilizing creative composition, stroke and color she makes the commonplace captivating. Her images challenge societies view of what is considered beautiful.
Denise was born in Flint, Michigan and took her first art class at the Flint Institute of Arts in the 5th grade. The encouragement that she received in that class set her on the path to becoming a noted and experienced watercolor artist. She received her BFA from the University of Michigan with post graduate work at Eastern Michigan University and Wayne State University. Denise resides in Fenton with her husband and two children.
Denise, the current President of the Michigan Watercolor Society, paints, teaches and displays her work in juried, solo and group shows. She has won regional and local juried and people's choice awards. Her work is in numerous corporate and private collections.
Friday night is Date Night at the FIA! For $20 you will receive two FOMA film tickets and two drinks of your choice paired with a cheese plate. Available Friday evenings from 5:00p–7:30p, enjoy the romance of the perfect museum date with this fantastic deal. Our full menu will also be available offering daily specials and soups, coffee, sandwiches, salad, and pastries. Stop by today and see what we're serving up!
Date Night package available for purchase only at The Palette café.