My mission to represent Tyler City in France

My name is Valeria Barnhill, and as you may know, I have a few of my paintings on utility boxes in Tyler and an art studio by the name of Valeria ArtLab. I have been involved with many community art events, but it’s time to take it to the next step. Recognition of my art worldwide has won me a grant and a month-long workshop at Chateau d’Orquevaux in Champagne, France. The chateau is owned by the Artist-in-Residence program. This organization takes artists from all over the globe and invites them for a stay in one of their many international chateaus. 10-12 artists will reside in the chateau creating an intellectual and multicultural atmosphere. Only 4 months of stay is presented to a few handfuls of lucky and talented artists, and I am one of them! More than that, I was awarded to stay for a whole month, and you can’t imagine how excited and honored I am! The idea the creators of this project envisioned was the coming together of a handful of creative thinkers, problem solvers, and designers — more commonly known as artists — to work together in harmonic diversity to produce art, give each other ideas, and bond in a peaceful environment, and that’s exactly what I deeply desire to do. Continue reading