The Greenbrier Valley Visitors Center is pleased to have paintings and photography from Monroe County artist, Laurine Yates, displayed for April\u2019s Art in the Valley exhibit.\r\n\r\nYates has been in the field of art her whole life as an art teacher, art therapist and artist. At Hood College, she studied painting and psychology, then, worked in the Peace Corps as an art teacher. After returning to the U.S., she studied at Hahneman University and received her master\u2019s in art therapy. In Monroe and Greenbrier Counties, she taught art in after school programs, Carnegie\u2019s Kids College, Creative Classrooms and other special programs.\r\n\r\nYates is also an artist in her own right; two expressions of her three dimensional art work have been accepted at Tamarack. Recently, she returned to her love of painting and joined the Greenbrier Artists. Yates states that living in beautiful Monroe County gives her endless subject matter as the land, the flora and fauna, the sky and the light are always changing and giving unlimited inspiration.\r\n\r\nThe Visitors Center began the Art in the Valley project as a way to provide local artists with an exhibition space. Each month the Visitors Center showcases a different artist or collection of artists. The exhibits are free and open to the public.\r\n\r\nThe opening of Laurine Yates\u2019 Art in the Valley exhibit will be Apr. 3 during First Fridays after Five in the Visitors Center. Live music will be provided by Robin and Doug from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by Strum Sum from 6 to 8 p.m. While enjoying the opening, be sure to vote for the Best of the Greenbrier Valley. Everyone who votes will be eligible to win one of several prizes such as State Fair of West Virginia and Greenbrier Classic tickets.\r\n\r\nFor more information about the Greenbrier County Visitors Center activities, please contact Kristi Godby, media relations manager, at email@example.com or call 304-645-1000.