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VALERIE FOWLER

Valerie Fowler grew up in Houston. Her father was a noted Houston sculptor, Bob Fowler (1931-2010). After graduating from U.T. (1985, with a B.A. in Art), she made Austin her home and has been actively involved in art making and art exhibitions for over 30 years. Nature is her muse. Her complex and intricate oil paintings and drawings describe a natural world of extreme beauty and vigor while also conveying nature’s sensitive vulnerability. Her past work includes painting murals for Whole Foods Market in Austin, Chicago and Ann Arbor, illustration and layout work for The Texas Observer, illustrations for CD jackets for local musicians, including a fully illustrated 64-page book that accompanies the CD for "Ivy and the Wicker Suitcase," a musical project, written, recorded and produced by her husband, Brian Beattie. The "Ivy" project toured the East and West coasts, and she and Beattie produced the full-stage production for Austin's Stateside at the Paramount Theater in 2014. In 2016, Fowler held Nature and Other Stories at Austin’s Dougherty Arts Center, a solo exhibit and mid-career retrospective, with artworks spanning 2 decades. Fowler has exhibited widely in Austin and throughout Texas and is collected internationally. She maintains a rigorous exhibition schedule, producing a solo gallery show at least once yearly. In 2018 she was chosen by the Texas Book Festival as the official Festival artist. Also, in 2018, she contracted with Pomegranate Communications, licensing her artwork images for a 2020 calendar, puzzle, and art cards. In 2021, she and Beattie completed work on another musical and “Crankie” project: El Camino Real de los Tejas Crankie Suite. A cranky is an illustration on scrolls, cranked along to musical accompaniment. In this case, a 100-foot-long illustration on paper scrolls tells stories, dipping back and forth in time, about Texas’s historic El Camino Real. These cranky performances have been performed throughout Austin and on locations along the Camino. Half of all proceeds of Austin performances are donated to the Onion Creek Metropolitan Park Archeological Project in coordination with Austin’s El Camino Real Association. Both she and her husband maintain studios adjacent to their home. She paints, draws, or gardens daily.

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