About Valerosa Designs & Gallery
Owner of Valerosa Designs & Gallery
Neita Fran Ward
Neita Fran Ward, a native East Texan, is the owner of Valerosa Designs and Gallery in Tyler, Texas. Through her extraordinary talents as an artist, networker and leader, Neita serves artists, art collectors and the community with a passion to bring joy to all people through art. This passion shows through everything she does.
As an artist, Neita designs Southwestern jewelry. Neita began designing jewelry with Navajo Brian Billie in 2001, and since then her jewelry has been purchased by many national and international collectors.
As a networker, Neita connects artists with buyers and the community, and she does this through many channels – the gallery space, the Art Connection of East Texas radio program, websites, a mobile app, social media, and volunteers who help with all of these things.
As a leader, Neita is the President of the Bergfeld Merchants Association and host the Art Connection of East Texas (ACET) radio program on KTBB 97.5 in Tyler. From this platform, Neita is able to introduce and highlight artists, musicians, designers and even educators who each have their unique contributions to the arts culture of East Texas.
Neita Fran Ward holds a degree in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Interior Design from Stephen F. Austin State University. She has owned art galleries for over 20 years.
Valerosa Designs & Gallery is proud to have Don Bristow, a professional photographer and website designer, on the Valerosa team. Don specializes in artist portraits, artwork photography and creating websites for artists.
An artist himself, Don is acutely aware of the challenges facing artists and galleries in East Texas. He provides his technical services to provide local and worldwide art market exposure.
Don is also the IT Director for Bethesda Health Clinic in Tyler, and he serves on the boards of Innovation Advancing Education, Operation Go Quickly, the International Institute of SPORT, and the Better Business Bureau of Greater East Texas.
As a sponsor, guest and guest co-host of the Art Connection of East Texas radio program, Don encourages and promotes other artists in East Texas.