The Falmouth Art Market takes place Thursday, August 1, from noon to 5 PM, at Falmouth Marine Park, 180 Scranton Avenue on Falmouth Harbor. The Familiars of Cape Cod will entertain from 2 to 4 PM. The Art Market offers a variety of paintings, photographs, jewelry, pottery, fiber items, and more by 25 different artists and craftspeople and takes place every Thursday through August 29.
Manny and Linda Dias are The Familiars of Cape Cod. They sing and play folk, fiddle, country, Irish, and popular music from the 1950s through the 1980s. Manny sings and plays guitar, and Linda plays fiddle, will mandolin, harmonica, and Irish whistles. Visitors are invited to bring a chair or blanket to listen in comfort.
Valerie Murray creates her eye-catching functional and decorative pottery—bowls, cups, mugs, vases, planters, garden finials—through a variety of techniques. Wood firing, which she does about two or three times a year, creates a silvery gold, coppery finish, accented by green pine ash. Firing her work in a more traditional electric kiln allows her to use a variety of non-toxic glazes in earthen and ocean colors. All her pieces are dishwasher- and microwave safe.
“Making pottery was always a fascination of mine,” said Murray, who began her craft as a hobby about 15 years ago while she was attending nursing school. After her children grew, she turned to pottery full-time.
Murray enjoys using different textures and motifs in her work. Murray is also a master gardener and her home, Moorvue, is “nestled into a kettle hole-turned sunken garden” in Falmouth, where she has sweeping views of Vineyard Sound.
“Working out of the garage studio with views of my gardens and of the water, I am constantly inspired by what I see, touch, and experience. I like to combine wheel throwing and slab construction to create functional pieces that I find aesthetically pleasing and unique to me.”