Lori Valus

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Lori  Indovina Valus has been involved with art, design and photography her  whole life. As a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago,  she has had an art teaching career of over 10 years in Chicago and McHenry County. Her graphic design and illustration work has been  published for over 24 years and has won many awards from professional  newspaper associations in state, national and international  competitions. Lori’s wildlife illustrations have been exhibited and  published in wildlife rehabilitation manuals. Her award winning fine art  has been seen throughout the area in venues such as “Real People” and  “Women’s Works” at the Old Courthouse Arts Center in Woodstock, IL, the  Starline Gallery in Harvard, IL and the Norris Gallery in St. Charles,  IL. 


She is a member of the Northwest Area Arts Council, The Lake County  Watercolor Guild, and Geneva Lake Arts Foundation. Lori’s nature  photographs have caught the attention of the conservation community. Her photos capturing the beauty and diversity of wildlife contained in the  Black Crown Marsh in McHenry are now being used to help in fund-raising  efforts by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for preservation  of the entire wetland basin. A photo of the Black Crown Marsh “Geese  Rising with the Sun” was chosen by the Illinois Nature Preserves  Commission for inclusion in an exhibit “Illinois’ Natural Treasures” in  2010. 


Lori’s photos serve as resource for her fine art/watercolors.  Awards: Northwest Area Arts Council, Members Show, Third Place Award,  2000 Moraine Hills Nature Photography Contest, First & Third Place Awards, 2001 Excellence Award: Bartlett, Il Festival of the Arts, 2010  Third Place Award: Prairie Crossing Art Fair,, Grayslake IL, 2010  Honorable Mention: Northland Art League, Woodstock, IL 2013 Purchase  Award, Prairie Arts Festival, Schaumburg, IL 2016 Best of Show, Algonquin Art on the Fox, 2016 Honorable Mention: Norris Gallery  Watercolor 2017 Photos published: Chicago Collection Magazine, 2012  Birds and Blooms Magazine, 2013 National Wildlife Federation Web Site 2013