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Makers Alley hosts Artist-to-Artist Workshop Talks in July


Makers Alley will offer a series of three Artist-to-Artist Makers Workshop Talks in July at its location at the Old Milford Bank, 34 Bridge St., Milford, N.J. Advance registration in required, and open to members and nonmembers.

Painter Joe Coco returns to Makers Alley from 7:30-9 p.m. Saturday, July 8, to share his artistic journey and present an artist’s talk titled “Moon Dreams of Earth,” focusing on the second part of his “Full Moon Series.” He will show his artistic images and discuss his materials, methods, and aesthetics.

A rare artist who has combined visual talents with notable accomplishments in music, Coco is the first artist in the history of the world to create the most extensive series on the moon. His “Full Moon Series” was started in 1972 and has continued for 50 years, always done in December at the full moon. In celebration of this 50th anniversary, a 260-page color book was just published titled, “I Paint The Moon.”

Photographer Scott Krycia will offer the first session of his Makers Workshop, “Dark Nights - An Introduction to Night Photography,” from 7:30-9 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at 34 Bridge St., Milford. The three-session night photography class is an immersive experience that takes place after the sun goes down.

Designed to teach students how to capture stunning images in low light conditions by exploring the art of night photography, Krycia will cover a range of topics including camera settings, exposure, composition and lighting techniques. Students will learn how to use their cameras to take long exposures, capture the stars, and create beautiful light trails.

Session 2: will take place from 9-11 p.m. July 15 (rain date July 16), with the location to be determined. Session 3 is set for 7:30 p.m. July 20 on Zoom.

Jewelry designer Marti Brown was always interested in the arts and became a professional artist and craftsman after completing her BFA in jewelry making from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She has been designing jewelry for more than 40 years. In her first Makers Workshop, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 29, at Makers Alley, Brown will introduce participants to the “Magic of Niobium Creating Rainforest Leaf Earrings and Necklaces.”

Niobium is a highly malleable metal that is slow to work harden. It is a reactive metal that changes color when submerged in a soapy water bath and charged with electric current. The anodizing of the metal is where the magic happens with the possibility of a rainbow of colors. In this workshop you will learn the basic metal working techniques of cutting and fold forming to create leaf shapes and then colorfully anodize them.

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