Valerie Sherwood Rask creates both realistic and abstract artwork in glass. She enjoys being challenged by clientele with unusual requests. She has accomplished everything from a portrait of a pet donkey to a multi-paneled depiction of the original Lebanon Public Library to celebrate its centennial. She is always thrilled and fascinated to coax glass into shapes and textures that mimic the wonders of the natural world. Valerie’s one-of-a-kind jewelry in fused and dichroic glass is also sought after by buyers across the country.
In addition to her studio work, Valerie has taught stained glass classes for adults for two decades, branching out into glass art for kids in 2009. Since 2013, the Arts Alliance has hired her to teach intensive week-long Glass Art Camps for children in third to sixth grade. She never tires of the excitement when the kids score and break their first piece of glass!
Valerie and her husband Michael have raised three amazing young adults on the Little Miami River in southern Ohio. Her studio is in their country home surrounded by natural beauty that continues to inspire her work. She enjoys kayaking and gardening as well as a night out at the theatre.
Nathaniel Grauwelman as well as various staff and volunteers of WCHS