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Inside the Artist’s Studio with Jessie Marianacci Valone: jmv ceramics

My name is Jessie Marianacci Valone and I am a potter and owner of jmv ceramics.  I grew up in the Finger Lakes area and currently live in Bristol, NY with my husband and two labradors, Lola and Buxton.

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With a focus on utilitarian pottery forms, I strive to create beautiful, well crafted, functional forms that people will enjoy and use for display and engagement in the home and day to day life.

I began my artistic career in graphic design but have been working in clay for about 5 years now.  I became hooked when I took an elective class at school and wound up spending the majority of my time in the clay studio.  I switched my major the next semester and have been working in clay ever since.  I enjoy working with my hands and have an appreciation for the handmade. 

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I completed a year apprenticeship at the Rochester Folk Art Guild in Middlesex, NY as well as three summer internships with Kate Symmonds at Coach Street Clay in Canandaigua, NY.  I recently graduated from Alfred University with my BFA and have been working as a studio potter ever since.

I create my functional pottery forms with the potters wheel and  hand alterations, using a cone 6 porcelaneous clay body.

When I am creating a new piece I begin by sketching out forms
and surface designs ideas.

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I then make paper cut outs to further investigate the form before moving to the wheel and creating it in 3D.

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I use simple glazes to accentuate the generous and sturdy form and quiet the surface, allowing for a focus on form without distraction.

I also use a variety of colored slips and tools to create different surface designs.  This allows for the surface to be painterly yet still influenced by my graphic design background.

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The surfaces are pleasant, calm, stable, sturdy, generous, and clean. The work gives off a cool, refreshing feeling through the color palette I have chosen.

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The colors are these of natural elements; skyline, beautiful clouds, reflections in the lake, smooth river-stones in the creek-bed, waves crashing on the shoreline, reflections on the water or the inside of
a seashell. These are all places I pull inspiration from.

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The forms are sturdy, strong, generous and made for use. They are designed to be pleasant to look at and to function well. I hope that even the smallest of details such as the way the handle fits in your hand or the angle of the lip are pleasant areas for use.

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Craftsmanship and handwork are important aspects of my work.
I find tremendous value working with my hands along with the physical demands and intellectual choices I make in my practice
keep my work exciting and keep me continuing to work. I strive
to advance my skills as a potter through the process of research, planning and repetition.

I work in a production based practice while still maintaining a
high level of quality, thought/context and energy in the work.

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Bringing something new and thoughtful into the world generates sense of meaning and fulfillment.  There are so many avenues you can take with clay and the opportunities are endless, this keeps me striving to create.


Stop by Main Street Arts to see work by jmv ceramics in the gallery shop! Visit Jessie’s website at www.jmvceramics.com. Like her Facebook Page and follow her on Instagram @jmvceramics.

Take a look at our previous Inside the Artist’s Studio blog post by Brooklyn artist Anne Muntges.

Ontario Pathways Photo Exhibition

The Ontario Pathways Photo Exhibition is a collaborative effort between Main Street Arts, Clifton Springs Hospital Auxiliary, and Ontario Pathways. The goal is three-fold: (1) Make people more active and healthy by hiking local trails; (2) Encourage people to connect with their local environment; (3) Give photo-enthusiasts of all levels and abilities the opportunity to exhibit their photographs in a contemporary art gallery.

To Submit Your Photos:

  1. Send up to three .jpeg images (no larger than 2MB each) taken on the Ontario Pathways to mstreetarts@gmail.com. All submissions must be taken on or near the trail.
  2. Be sure the subject line says the following:  “Your Name — Ontario Pathways Exhibit”.
  3. Include the following in the body of your email:
  • Your Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Title of the photograph
  • Location where you took the photograph
  • Printed size if selected for the exhibition

Submission Deadline: May 25, 2015
Exhibition Dates: July 9–31, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 16, 4–7 p.m.

More information: Ontario Pathways Submissions

You’re invited to join Ontario Pathways in their Hiking Series Planned for 2015! This is a great opportunity to take photographs for this exhibition. The following information is taken directly from their flyer:

Hike Plan

Starting in Canandaigua and heading to Stanley, then from Stanley to Phelps. Meet at the designated locations by 9:30.

April 25th: Meet at the New Covenant Baptist Church parking lot on County Road 46.
We will car pool back to Main Street Canandaigua. The  hike will go from Main Street to County Road 46. Distance of three miles.

May 9th: Meet at the New Covenant Baptist Church parking lot on County Road 46.
Hike will go to Depot Road. Hiking distance of five miles.

Hike Plan

Starting in Phelps and heading to Stanley, then from Stanley to Canandaigua. Meet at the designated locations by 10:00.

May 12th: Meet at the Gifford Road Trail Head.
This is a hike from the trailhead to the county line and back out. 3.6 miles round trip hike. Take Rt. 88 north of Phelps. Turn onto Rockefeller Road, then left on Wilber Road, then right on Gifford Road. Trail Head is 1000 feet ahead on the left.

May 19th: Meet at the Rt. 96 Trailhead/parking lot.
Four mile hike. The Rt. 96 Trailhead is a quarter mile east of State Rt. 488 on State Rt. 96.

Running late? Missed the car pool? Then go directly to the starting point or the first available road crossing that allows parking. We will get you back to your car at the end of the hike.

Go to our website www.ontariopathways.org click on CONTACT and let us know you are coming. We will send out a reminder for each hike.

Finger Lakes Regional Student Painting Competition 2015

A round of applause to the students who participated in our 2015 Finger Lakes Regional Student Painting Competition, and to our competition winners! Participating students received a 5″ x 7″ canvas and used it to make artwork that fit the theme, “This is What Adventure Looks Like!” The competition features artwork by students grades 6–12 from thirteen area school districts.

2015 Finger Lakes Regional Student Painting Competition at Main Street Arts

2015 Finger Lakes Regional Student Painting Competition at Main Street Arts

2015 Finger Lakes Regional Student Painting Competition at Main Street Arts, open house

2015 Finger Lakes Regional Student Painting Competition at Main Street Arts, open house

2015 Finger Lakes Regional Student Painting Competition at Main Street Arts

2015 Finger Lakes Regional Student Painting Competition at Main Street Arts

Check out the photo album on Flickr to see more images from the exhibition.

2015 Finger Lakes Regional Student Painting Competition at Main Street Arts

2015 Finger Lakes Regional Student Painting Competition at Main Street Arts

2015 Finger Lakes Regional Student Painting Competition at Main Street Arts

2015 Finger Lakes Regional Student Painting Competition at Main Street Arts

2015 Finger Lakes Regional Student Painting Competition at Main Street Arts

2015 Finger Lakes Regional Student Painting Competition at Main Street Arts

2015 Finger Lakes Regional Student Painting Competition at Main Street Arts

2015 Finger Lakes Regional Student Painting Competition at Main Street Arts

The students in this competition are the artists of tomorrow! We had a great time seeing the creativity and innovation coming out of local Finger Lakes schools.

Best in Show:

  • 1st Place: “The Adventures of Galaxy Whale and Cat” by Alexandra F, Fairport High School
  • 2nd Place: “The Voyage” by Carter L, Victor Jr. High School
  • 3rd Place: “Serapis” by Taylor D, Fairport High School

Best in Grade-Level:

  • 6th Grade: “Under The Sea” by Semma A, Victor Intermediate School
  • 7th Grade: “Untitled” by Dedra A, Marion Middle/High School
  • 8th Grade: “A Walk to Adventure” by Hanna G, Victor Intermediate School
  • 9th Grade: “Reconnaissance of Dreams” by Jaelyn M, Marion Middle/High School
  • 10th Grade: “Star Gazing” by Taylor J, North Rose Wolcott High School
  • 11th Grade: “Gravity” by Emily W, Lima Christian School
  • 12th Grade: “Hummed Low” by Alisha B, Penn Yan Academy

BLOOM, etc. by Kevin Harwood

Kevin Harwood’s exhibit “BLOOM, etc” Upstairs at Main Street Arts features a selection of drawings from the artist’s self published Illuminated Magazine, BLOOM, along with watercolor paintings.

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Kevin Harwood, “Bloom”

Harwood’s paintings provide a humorous take on life in the Finger Lakes, riffing on local characters and situations unique to the area.

Kevin Harwood, "Bloom"

Kevin Harwood, “Bloom”

Harwood’s refers to his watercolors as “Haiku watercolors”, because each painting is composed of only three to five brush strokes. These paintings are beautiful because they are so simple.

Kevin Harwood, Haiku Watercolor

Kevin Harwood, Haiku Watercolor

Stop by to see Kevin Harwood’s solo exhibition Upstairs at Main Street Arts! His work will be here through September 27, 2014. You can see more information about exhibitions at Main Street Arts here.

Exhibition Dates: August 5–September 27, 2014

Five Fun Things To Do in Clifton Springs NY

Clifton Springs, the view from the gallery's balcony.

Clifton Springs, the view from the gallery balcony.

Main Street Arts is fortunate to have such a picturesque home in Clifton Springs, New York. It’s a beautiful spot, surrounded by parks and fun shops; the perfect place to spend a quiet afternoon.

One of Clifton Springs' many beautiful parks.

One of Clifton Springs’ many beautiful parks.

There are quite a few gems in Clifton Springs, and we’d like to share with you a few of our favorites…

1. Nima’s Pizzeria
Nima's Pizzeria, Clifton Springs NY

Nima’s Pizzeria, Clifton Springs NY

Nima’s Pizzeria is the best spot for a slice of pizza in town. The staff at Main Street Arts eat there on a weekly basis (At a minimum, possibly more if we’re being honest). Nima’s has been a member of the Clifton Springs community for the past twenty years and is well-deserving of their great reputation for high quality slices at low prices. Stop by for a quick lunch, or just grab a soda or snack for your walk down Main Street. After your lunch drop by Clifton Springs Hardware to pick up an ice cream bar or frozen treat!

18 W Main St, Clifton Springs, NY 14432

2. Explore! The Book Store
Explore! The Book Store. The spot for all of your reading needs in Clifton Springs!

Explore! The Book Store. The spot for all of your reading needs in Clifton Springs!

If you’re a bookworm you’ll want to make a stop in Explore! The Book Store. Selling both new and used books, this Clifton Springs favorite carries contemporary and classic titles. Pick up a book and camp out at one of Clifton Springs’ many beautiful parks. A good book on a sunny bench can be one of the best ways to spend a summer day.

A good book on a sunny day is the best combination.

A good book on a sunny day is the best combination.

18 East Main Street, Clifton Springs, NY 14432

3. The Foster Cottage Museum
The Foster Cottage Museum in Clifton Springs

The Foster Cottage Museum in Clifton Springs

The Foster Cottage Museum is run by the Clifton Springs Historical Society, a group dedicated to preserving community memory and sharing the story of Clifton Springs. Stop by the museum to learn about the village’s origins, the Clifton Springs’ Water Cure, and to see historical images and artifacts. And while you’re in the area, make sure to stop by the Hospital Labyrinth next door.

The Foster Cottage Museum in Clifton Springs, NY

The Foster Cottage Museum in Clifton Springs, NY

9 East Main Street, Clifton Springs, NY 14432

4. Warfield’s Restaurant
Warfield's Restaurant in Clifton Springs

Warfield’s Restaurant in Clifton Springs

One of the most well-known attractions in Clifton Springs, Warfield’s Restaurant is home to some of the most delicious food we’ve ever tasted.

Stop by the Warfield's Bakery for some of their famous freshly baked bread.

Stop by the Warfield’s Bakery for some of their famous freshly baked bread.

Directly across from the gallery, Warfield’s features “a seasonal menu of elegant country fare with Asian and European influences”. Stop by to enjoy a cocktail in the lounge, a pastry from the bakery, or enjoy a delightful meal indoors or in their outdoor seating area overlooking their beautiful English Garden.

Stop by for Warfield's Jazz in the Garden during the summer months.

Stop by for Warfield’s Jazz in the Garden during the summer months.

During the month of August visitors may enjoy Jazz in the Garden, an event held every Wednesday evening.

7 W Main St, Clifton Springs, NY 14432

5. Main Street Arts
Main Street Arts, Clifton Springs

Main Street Arts, Clifton Springs

And last but not least, we invite you to visit our gallery of contemporary art and fine craft, Main Street Arts. Our gallery has over 3,000 square feet of exhibition space, as well as a room for workshops and classes. At Main Street Arts you can expect to see bi-monthly exhibitions in our main gallery space, as well as a gallery store featuring jewelry, ceramics, art prints, and more. Our second floor features four more rooms for solo or group exhibitions, changing every two months.

Main Street Arts, FLORA Exhibition

Main Street Arts, FLORA Exhibition

Visit the exhibitions page for our exhibition schedule, or our visit page to plan a trip to the gallery.

Peter Pincus gave a great artist talk for his solo exhibit, "Sleep, In Spite of the Storm"

Peter Pincus gave a great artist talk for his solo exhibit, “Sleep, In Spite of the Storm”

20 West Main Street, Clifton Springs, NY 14432

We hope you make a visit to Clifton Springs, NY! And let us know if we missed out on any of your favorite spots in the comments.