March 2, 1953 (d. March 28, 2020)
Val Malesku was Cree but moved to Haida Gwaii in the late 1970s. She was a carver and painter, and began working in silver and gold in 1981. Val apprenticed with renowned Haida artist Bill Reid. Her unique designs combined the classic with contemporary in Cree and Northwest Coast styles. In 2005, she was featured in the Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 2 exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, NY. In 2013, Val released her first limited edition print, and in 2014, she released two open edition prints.