||Valerie Borgal grew up in Wilmington, Ma. and now resides in Tewksbury, Ma. with her husband, Tom. She enjoyed art throughout her childhood and as a high school art major she desired to teach art. She is a graduate of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts- School of Art and Design, Quebec, Canada. After joining the Tewksbury Art Guild in 1977, Valerie was inspired to start painting watercolors. She attended classes and workshops in Kennebunkport, Maine and workshops in Gloucester, MA, Pemaquid Point and Monhegan Island in Maine. She is a member of the Andovers Artists Guild where she served as president from 2002-2005, a member of the Tewksbury Community of Artists, Whistler House Museum of Art, Arts League of Lowell, Brush Gallery, and the Woburn Guild of Artists. Adults and children have learned the basics of drawing and watercolor painting from Val. Many ribbons have been awarded for her artwork over the past 30 years. Val has participated in many art shows and does demonstrations of her art for art guilds and other groups.