Valerie Berner: I'm Not Going to Paint Tonight

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Valerie Berner: I'm Not Going to Paint Tonight

On Display From: Saturday, April 27 to Friday, May 31

I'm Not Going to Paint Tonight: A Solo Exhibition By Valerie Berner will be on display April 27 through May 31 in The Little Cafe. Artist Reception is 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 5, also in the cafe. 

I’m not going to paint tonight. It’s a declaration I often make but seldom keep. Some of my most productive times in the studio seem to happen on the brink of taking a break. Then, either I fight it, or it fights me. I look down and the paintbrush is back in my hand. I don’t ask how it got there. I already know: I put it there. I always do. How else would the paintings get painted?
I hope this exhibition will encourage viewers to reflect on their own frameworks and ways of being, doing, and contemplating. Enjoy the show. Tonight I’ll probably be painting.

Valerie Berner lives in Rochester, NY. She balances a rigorous dedication to painting with a daytime career as a mental health clinician. Berner attended St. Lawrence University from 1998 to 2002, where she double majored in Psychology and Fine Arts, with specialization in painting. She earned a master's degree in Art Therapy from Nazareth College in 2004, followed several years later by board certification and licensure as a creative arts therapist. Berner has been displaying her artwork publicly since 2008. Her painting style is characterized by opaque colors, sharp edges, and settings that evoke dynamic moods. Though the surfaces of her paintings may appear flat, each composition contains dozens of overlapping layers of paint. For more information, or to contact the artist, visit or send a message to