About Us

Katherine Engen is the sole proprietor of Valley Ridge, LLC. During her undergraduate psychology and art therapy studies at Edgewood College in Madison, the idea of an art studio providing a process-oriented approach to experiencing art came to light. Valley Ridge Art Studio provides coursework and resources devoted to bringing the intrinsic life-affirming qualities of physically creating art to a diverse audience, including artists, writers, teachers, librarians and craftspeople.

Inspired by arts ability to communicate and question, and driven by visual expression, Katherine feels a particular connection to Book Arts. Surrounded by her mothers book collection as a child, Katherine’s appreciation of the visual, olfactory and tactile aesthetics of books has created a deep, lifelong love of  this art form. As a gift from her father, Katherine obtained her first book press in 1996.

Katherine has taught a variety of workshops on book making and paper making, as well as exhibited handmade papers, handmade books and specialty journals, artists books, artist’s dolls and Japanese folded boxes at venues such as the Kohler Library in Madison, Wisconsin, the Golda Meir Library in Milwaukee, The Wisconsin Arts Board in Madison, the River Arts Gallery in Prairie du Sac, Madison Main Library, and Edgewood College. Additionally, her photography has been featured in The Cerebral Cafe and the Edgewood College catalog. 

She has completed Book Arts and Non-fiction coursework at the Rhinelander School of Arts and Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Katherine is a member of the Wisconsin Regional Artists Association, Badwater Book Club and the Madison Art Center. She is a founding member of the Bone Folders Guild.

Katherine holds an M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy and a B.S. in Psychology from Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin. In addition to individual, family and group counseling, Katherine has taught, facilitated and guest lectured at working groups, seminars and workshops focusing on art  therapy, as well as other types of therapies and counseling.  She is formerly a Treatment Specialist at ATTIC Correctional Services in Madison, Wisconsin.

Press Mentions

Guest Interview with Kathy Engen
April, 2009
MMCA Marketplace

Valley Ridge in Grant County – A Scenic Retreat Destination (PDF)
September, 2008
Wisconsin Counties Association

Find Your Inner Artist (PDF)
May/June Wisconsin Trails Magazine

Library users write their own books
December 11, 2005 – Wisconsin State Journal

60 Books, 60 Libraries
October 3, 2005 – The Capital Times

Tips on Starting and Sustaining a Business (article no longer archived)
April, 2005 – Wisconsin Woman

A Retreat for Artists and Writers
Fall, 2004 – Wisconsinguide.com

Artist Shares the Experience
April 22, 2004 – Capital Times, Madison

Valley Ridge Art Studio offers artists unique, rural experience (PDF)
October 2, 2003 – The Boscobel Dial

A Lesson in the Arts (PDF)
May, 2003 – Wisconsin Woman