Conference Artist: Val Lucas
In 2002, Val Lucas was the first artist to be awarded the Weston Artist in Residence Fellowship at the Delta Waterfowl Research Station. Val came to Delta after having just completed her first year at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Primarily a painter, Val works in a variety of subject matter and media, and learned of Delta's art program through her success in the Maryland Junior Duck Stamp program. During her summer at Delta, Lucas regularly brought her oils and canvases into the surrounding marsh and fields to paint the local landscape. She was particularly inspired by the panoramic sky and cloud formations, and completed several beautiful field and studio paintings of these subjects. She also decorated a Delta research trailer with paintings of various species of waterfowl, and was known around town for the whimsical aboriginal designs she painted on her car.
Today, Val runs Bowerbox Press (http://www.bowerbox.com/) which is a small letterpress printing studio just north of Baltimore, Maryland. She offers custom design and printing services, as well as fine prints and greeting cards. Her cards are available wholesale and you can view her current catalog here. Val is a member of the Charm City Craft Mafia and Ladies of Letterpress, and past President of the Chesapeake Chapter of the American Printing History Association.