Meet Artist Valery Guignon of Winnsboro
A lifelong artist, Winnsboro newcomer Valery Guignon is regularly found at the Winnsboro Center for the Arts, volunteering at the gift shop and teaching classes on everything from fabric painting to mask-making. Outgoing and entering her seventh decade, she’s fond of sharing stories of past adventures — like selling her wearable art to Cher in a chic boutique on Hollywood’s fashionable Rodeo Drive (and not realizing the identity of the buyer).
As a painter, jewelry-maker, fiber artist, and welder, Guignon says there’s hardly anything, art-wise, that intimidates her. “Art was always it for me,” she says. “I started as a kid, just making things, and I always excelled at it. Teachers were always encouraging too.”
While selling her own line of upscale, hand-dyed and decorated silk scarves, shawls, and other wearable treasures at specialty boutiques nationwide — and online at www.guignon.com — the versatile artist has settled quickly into the rhythm of small-town life in Winnsboro. She frequently invites other artists to her home for socialization and support, and says she envisions building a sculpture garden in the backyard to serve as a gathering place for the area’s creative community.