Valerie Smasal has been an artist of some kind all of her life. Her journey began as a child by cutting up magazines on the living room floor to make collages. She followed her passion for
the arts and graduated from Texas State (SWT at the time) in 1996 with a degree in theatre. She worked for major theatres and talent agencies in New Orleans, Austin and Galveston. Her love for visual arts grew while she was living in New Orleans for ten years, serving on the Attending Arts Committee of Young Leadership Council and the board of St. Alphonsus Art and Cultural Center. After Hurricane Katrina, she moved to Galveston and met the love of her life, Marcus. They married
in 2008 and became an instant family with his three beautiful kids. In 2013, she moved to the hill country and immediately joined the Llano art guild. After being involved in the creation of the summer art camp, an opportunity to open an art shop became available. Since then, she has used her theatrical flair to create a unique blend of art, theatre and music into the hill country’s premier art shop, Calamity & Grace.