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Meet Artists Joan Kocak and Erin Moran at Valerie's Gallery on Nov. 5
By: Valerie's Galery
Joan Kocak is a former graphic designer enchanted with all forms of photography – analog, digital, toy cameras, alternative process, Polaroid, and even her dad's old Ikoflex. The Carlisle, MA, resident infuses her images with a deep connection to the land and water of the area. Her fine art prints are exhibited in galleries in throughout New England, as well as the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO, and have been published in numerous photography magazines.
Portsmouth, NH-based Erin Moran makes her vibrant, colorful pottery using her hands (not wheel thrown). All of her cups and bowls are done by hand building – either by pinching a ball of clay into a cup or bowl or pounding out a slab of clay for plates. With this process, her finger prints are left on each piece and leave a wonderfully tactile surface. Because of this process, no two pieces are ever the same. Erin is intrigued by both surrealism and folk art and her work is a blend of the two. The vibrant pottery brings a smile to everyone who sees (and feels) it.
"It's always a treat to have the people who create these beautiful items on hand to discuss their craft," said Valerie Stainton, owner of Valerie's Gallery. "Visitors and customers get a chance to learn about Erin and Joan's inspirations and process, which adds to unique character of the resulting artwork. "
About Valerie's Gallery
Valerie's Gallery is a gallery and fine craft gift shop with two locations, in Portsmouth, NH and Newburyport, MA. Since 2002, owner Valerie Stainton has showcased functional and decorative hand-crafted artful objects by 100 different American artists, most from New England. Each artist is a specialist in their own type of design and how they create their work, from artisan-made jewelry, functional pottery, and original art. Both galleries are open daily (except for Tuesday in Portsmouth). For more information, please call 978-499-8444 or visit http://www.valeriesgalleries.com or http://www.facebook.com/
The Newburyport ArtWalk events were held on four Saturdays in 2016: April 23, June 18, August 20, and November 5. They are free and open to the public. A collaborative of galleries offer special exhibitions, artist demos, lectures, tours, and visual art all within easy walking distance in historic downtown Newburyport. Local restaurants, cafes and coffee shops also display original art on a rotating basis. ArtWalk 2016 participants include: 36 Liberty St. Studios, Alan Bull Paintings, Connor Summers Gallery, Firehouse Center for the Arts, Indigo Artist Studio, Newburyport Art Association, Paula Estey Gallery, Sisters We Three, Somerby's Landing Sculpture Park, Spirit of Newburyport, Studio 5, Sweethaven Gallery, and Valerie's Gallery. ArtWalk Partner Businesses include: 17 State Street Cafe, Atomic Cafe Coffee Roasters, Caffe di Siena, Plum Island Coffee Roasters, Chococoa Baking Company & Cafe, the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, Middle Street Foods, and The Tannery Marketplace. Visit http://artwalknewburyport.blogspot.com and http://www.facebook.com/