Ann Shelby Valentine

Pique Assiette Mosaic Artist, PanAm Flight Attendant

Pique Assiette Mosaic Artist, PanAm Flight Attendant


The Artist and Adventurer as Advocate and Activists

Artist & Admirers

Advocate For People With Dissabilities

California SELPA, District 6

10 Years Governors’ Appointee, 1998 – 2008.  Appointed by:

-       Honorable Gray Davis

-       Honorable Arnold Schwarzenegger

Member: Citizens Blue Ribbon Committee for review of legislation and its impact on people with disabilities.  2000 - 2008

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Napa County Community Service

TRUSTEE NAPA COUNTY MOSQUITO ABATEMENT DISTRICT,  2009-CURRENT

Napa County Mosquito Abatement District (Napa County MAD) was formed in 1925 to minimize the effects of the County’s most numerous resident, the mosquito.  Then citizens residing near the marshes and along the Napa River and its tributaries were plagued by marsh, malaria and encephalitis mosquitoes.  Since that time West Nile virus has been added to mosquito transported illnesses. Today, wetlands restoration is the mosquito control latest challenge.

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COMMISSIONER, NAPA CITY-COUNTY LIBRARY,  2009-CURRENT

The Napa City-County Library is governed by state law and functions under the authority of the County Board of Supervisors. An eight-member Library Commission serves as the Library's policy advisory board.


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COMMUNITY STAR AWARD CITY OF PALO ALTO, CA.

 June 3, 2003. Palo Alto, CA -- The Community Services Department of the City of Palo Alto takes pleasure in announcing the recipients of the 2003 Community Star Awards. The Library Division is proud to announce Ann Shelby Valentine has been awarded the 2003 Community Star Award. Shelby has served on the Board of the Friends of the Palo Alto Library for five years, including two and a half years as President

Artistic Expression

by Ann Shelby Valentine

I am inspired by the potential beauty in the discarded ceramics that I reassemble to create my mosaic art.  I am guided by whimsy (an idea that has no immediately obvious reason to exist), honesty and complexity.  I prefer three dimensional forms and when possible, I try to “break the plane” even further by extending objects beyond the edges of the piece.  My background in quilting often influences my choices and I am always conscious of the color and texture of my materials: I love the patterns and tactile qualities of pique assiette.

I exclusively use broken or used items - nothing “new” - even the substrates - and I limit myself to patronizing charitable non-profit thrift shops knowing my support goes for worthy causes.

The final test for any project is whether or not the piece can stand alone as interesting, unique or beautiful.  It isn’t important to me that I create things that are utilitarian, but I do enjoy seeing them used and, as is true for people, recognized as having infinite possibilities.


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