September 23, 2009

Iris Minc, Purple Sage Pottery videos

We have a new pottery video interview/demonstration on our website. We've been selling the ceramic work of Iris Minc, owner of Purple Sage Pottery in Merrimac, Mass., for awhile now, and we sat down with her while she was throwing teacups on her pottery wheel. She talks about wheel thrown and slab pottery, her different glazes, and the kiln firing process. If you're new to pottery and would like to learn more about the work involved, from a local potter too, this is is terrific and fascinatng information.The interview is divided into four videos (one about her, and three about the craft). Click here to go to the videos page.

Color woodblock prints by Matt Brown

Woodblock prints by Matt Brown are now hanging in our gallery. Using multiple blocks of wood, and carving different parts of the final image into each block, Matt creates layered pictorial scenes of the lakes, mountains and oceans. They're wonderful to see in person and I hope you'll stop in to take a look.

September 10, 2009

ArtWalk 10/24/09

The next Newburyport ArtWalk is Saturday, 10/24 from 3 to 7 pm.

September 1, 2009

Invitation Nights 12/4 and 12/11

The first two Friday nights of December are traditionally "Invitation Nights" here in Newburyport. Merchants stay open till 9 pm, serving refreshments and holiday spirit to begin the shopping season.

August 29, 2009

Introducing Two New Artists

We are very pleased to annouce two wonderful new artists to our gallery. Steel and river rocks by Festa Lamps of California and wood shorebirds by Paul Beauregard of Georgetown, Massachusetts. We look forward to seeing you in our gallery or feel free to visit our website at

August 25, 2009

Featured artist: Robin Luciano Beaty

Robin Luciano Beaty is our featured artist through Sept. 21. Stop by to see her newest encaustic paintings. Through photographs like this, one misses the beautiful luminosity of the encaustic wax and the three-dimensional effect of the various textures and elements she includes in her paintings. It's worth a visit to see the work in person so we hope you'll stop by soon.

August 17, 2009

Letterpress cards by B Designs

I'm excited to now carry a wonderful little line of letterpress notecards by B Designs of Amesbury, Mass. We have dozens of designs (these are just a sample pictured) and they are sweet, subtle images of usually about 1" square on a 3x5 folded notecard. By using simple, unassuming vintage illustrations combined with carefully selected typography, and the letterpress technique, you get a clear, crisp image that is slightly raised to the touch, and unlike any other commercial printed cards. Cards are sold individually.

August 6, 2009

Meet Robin Luciano Beaty Aug. 22, 3-6 pm

Here at Valerie's, Robin Luciano Beaty will have a featured show of her newest encaustic paintings from August 19 through Sept. 21. Come meet Robin during a special art opening during the upcoming ArtWalk on Saturday, August 22 from 3 to 6 pm. Robin uses encaustic wax mixed and mixed media to create wonderful, textural paintings. It's a fascinating medium to work with, requiring a warm palette for the "wax" paint and brushes, and materials such as a heat gun, and items to embed in her paintings. We hope you'll stop by to meet robin and see the show.

June 24, 2009

And back by popular demand...

Well that's not exactly true, but Eileen's demonstration was very popular and fascinating for adults and children so we've asked her back. During the Saturday, June 27 ArtWalk, Eileen will once again be demonstrating how she paints floorcloths and other painting techniques. Eileen also does painted furniture, gilding, wall murals, and more. She will also be teaching upcoming classes at the Tannery at her new studio. Please come by; we'd love to show you her work.

May 23, 2009

Floorcloth demonstration

Eileen Whalen was here on the second invitation night on May 9 to demonstrate floorcloth painting and gilding.

May 14, 2009

Store Anniversary & Retailer of the Year

Sometime I can't quite believe it, but it's our store's 7th anniversary next week so we'll be celebrating with cake on Saturday, May 23. Please come in and enter to win a $50 store gift certificate. We have another reason to celebrate as we were just awarded "Newburyport Retailer of the Year" by the Chamber of Commerce yesterday! Thank you to all our customers for your business and friendship and to my staff who always provide helpful and friendly service: Diane, Danielle and Pauline

Chocolate Tour May 16

We are excited to participate in this year's American Red Cross Chocolate Tour of Newburyport. Tickets are $15 and attendees get to go to 20+ merchants around town for a chocolate goodie. You can buy tickets that day at the Unitarian Church on Pleasant Street or in advance at The Ruby Slipper, Valentine's, and Ballotin Chocolates.

May 4, 2009

Artist Demo: Eileen Whalen -- May 8th (Friday)

On Friday, May 8, from 6 to 8 pm, Eileen Whalen will be demonstrating how she paints her floorcloths.
In addition to canvas floorcloths, Eileen does a lot of faux finish treatments for walls, and painted furniture. Recently, one of our customers requested Eileen to make two "wall" paintings for her home. Pictured at left are the wall paintings just before being delivered to the customer. Also, pictured at top are the floorcloths Eileen has been creating for us. Come by to see Eileen's demonstration on Friday.

March 16, 2009

Matthew Smith, printmaker "Then and Now" at Valerie's Gallery on April 4

For the first ArtWalk on Saturday, April 4, from 3 to 7 pm, we will present "Matthew Smith: Then and Now" -- Rare, earlier works by printmaker Matthew Smith, depicting whales with swirling waters and aurora borealis skies, will be featured. *** Matthew will also be at the gallery on Saturday, April 4 *** introducing his newest works as part of this special show which runs through April.

March 5, 2009

Master jeweler Jim Conley to work with Valerie's Gallery

Special announcement -- I'm pleased to announce that Jim Conley, goldsmith and silversmith,will be working with us to offer his jewelry for sale, and to providerepairs and custom work. I've long admired Jim's quality workmanship and think this will be a wonderful addition to our shop. He brings expertise, experience, solid craftsmanship and due to his previous store, a following of customers. Many of you may remember when Jim owned Conley's Goldsmith in Market Square. After selling the business, he took some needed time off and has decided to work once again in a venue in Newburyport. Here is the link to the story about this in today's Newburyport Daily News. Jim will be at Valerie's Gallery on Saturday mornings for personal consultations and repairs beginningMarch 21.

February 13, 2009

Video interview with Matthew Smith

Now available for viewing on our website is a special two-part interview with artist Matthew Smith. About the Artist describes Matthew's unique background as a commercial fisherman and what brought him to printmaking. About the Craft details his printmaking process while on location at his home studio in Nottingham, New Hampshire. Both videos can also be seen in their entirety at our store! The video can now be seen on our website by clicking here.

February 12, 2009

"Art at Home" on website

Art at Home is a place on our website where some of our valued customers have emailed pictures of items they've purchased displayed in their home. The picture at left is from Gina in Salisbury, Mass. Check out the Art at Home page at
I'd love more pictures! Please submit your own pictures by emailing Send in your pictures and receive a $10 store coupon as a thank you.

Matthew Smith prints a smaller Striped Bass

New Hampshire printmaker Matthew Smith has recently printed a new smaller Striper called "Northern Striped Bass." It's a beautifully done, very detailed print, that is a great alternative if you love Matthew's original larger Striped Bass prints. My photograph doesn't quite do the job for showing you how fine the detail is. Matthew's prints are first created by etching a copper plate and cutting the perimeter of the fish shape out. Each copper plate is then "painted" with printer's inks (lots of them, in different layers) and passed through the press one at a time. The 'Northern Striped Bass' is 11"x17" framed in cherry, and $150.

January 29, 2009

Poppy Bowls

Potter Kristin Lemieux has just come in a few sets of her poppy bowls. They come as a set of three and all nest together. What a wonderful wedding gift or for entertaining. Shown is the Turquoise with Brown set which is a bit larger than the Turquoise with Cobalt set. Sets range from $90-$110.

Introducing Connie Rossetti

New to the gallery is potter Connie Rossetti of Rowley, Mass. Connie makes these wonderful rattles that are spiritual in origin but also intricate works of art. (When shaken while encircling the body the rhythmic sounds of the rattle loosen negative patterns lodged in the aura that can later cause illness.) They are all different designs and even create different sounds when shaken. For Valentine's Day, Connie also has made some heart ornaments with dragonfly and bee designs. Connie has mermaid tiles and vases as well. Rattles range from $30-$35. Ornaments are $12.

Introducing Rachel Wilcox

We're excited to introduce artist Rachel Wilcox. Rachel is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and paints regularly from her home studio in Newburyport. She loves living in Newburyport and walks around town daily. Her paintings are richly colored works of out-of-the-ordinary Newburyort neighborhoods. To see more of Rachel's paintings, please visit our website. To see some of Rachel's beautiful illustrations, please also visit her website