Valerie Atkisson

Stores Carrying Nativity, Nutcracker, and Santa

Acadia – New York, NY
A’Mano Gifts – Birmingham, AL
Ambleside Gardens – Hillsborough, NJ
American Visions Contemporary Crafts – St. Louis, MO
Art On Symmes – Fairfield, OH
A Southern Season – Charlotte, NC
Bennion Jewelers – Salt Lake City UT
Betty Lou – Dallas, TX
Bibleot – Saint Paul, MN
Boston Ballet – Boston, MA
Bowers Jewelers – La Jolla, CA
BYU Museum of Art Store – Provo, UT
De-cor-um – Exeter, NH
Deseret Book Catalog and Store locations
Candlelight Antiques – Ballston Spa, NY
Church of St. Paul the Apostle – New York, NY
Compleat Gourmet & Gifts – Centennial, CO
Craft Company No. 6 – Rochester, NY
Crumps – Fresno, CA
Firefly – Thomasville, GA
G-Squared Gallery – Ligonier, PA
Gethsemane Garden Center – Chicago, IL
Gigi’s Tutu – Andalusia, AL
Ginn’s Fine Gifts – North Palm Beach, FL
Hanson Galleries – Houston, TX
Hurd Orchards – Holley, NY
Ideas & Objects – Harrisburg, PA
Isatan – Tokyo, Japan
James A. Michener Museum of Art   – Doyalstown, PA
Jenss – Amherst, NY
Kennedy Center – Washington, DC
Knobs and Knockers – Lahaska, PA
LA Philharmonic – Los Angels, CA
Laurie Holladay Interiors – Gordonsville, VA
Marion’s – St. Petersburg, FL
Mimosa Art Gallery – Saratogo Springs, NY
Mobili de Angelis – New York, NY
Mole Hole – Carmel, CA
O.C. Tanner – Salt Lake City, UT
Occasions – Tampa, FL
Paddiwhack – Gainesville, FL
Peachtree Place – Northfield, IL
Red Ginger – Red Bank, NJ
Rock City Gardens – Wabasso, FL
Rocky Mountain Christmas – Park City, UT
Shaker Workshops Catalog
Sinsinawa Gifts and Books – Sinsinawa, WI
Smithsonian (Catalog) – Washington, DC
SneakPeek – Online Store
Something Special – Vincennes, IN
St. David’s Gift Shop – Wayne, PA
St. Joseph’s Hospital and Health Center -Dickenson, ND
Susan’s Treasures – Lemoyne, PA
The Kobuk – Ankorage, AL
The Broadmore – Colorado Springs, CO
The Lemon Tree – Mequon, WI
The Queen Bee – Ogden, UT
The Rusty Rabbit – Ephriam, WI
The Silk Road – Bronxville, NY
Thread Lounge – San Francisco, CA
Twins Design – Houston, TX
UMFA Store – Salt Lake City, UT
Windsor Cottage, – Rochester, NY
WP Garden Centers – Regina, SK Canada
Write On – Sarasota, FL
Wynn Casino & Resort – Las Vegas, NV

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Commission

Oil painting commissioned by Dawn Rosquist based on high school senior portraits of herself, her mother and her grandmother, informed by other photographs and stories.


Hanging Family History is a three-dimensional map of Valerie's ancestry. Her vital information is written on the top triangle. Her parents' triangles are attached to her triangle. Their parents' are attached to them and so on for 72 generations, 2000 years going back to 9 A.D. The piece is made of copper wire and rice paper.




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This piece wanders up the stairwell at a second house co-owned by Valerie's father and his sister. This ancestral piece illustrates their joint lines.


Patriarchal Line traces Valerie's patriarchal line back seven generations in the South through the Civil War to tobacco plantations.


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Family in Norway is a wall painting of Valerie's Norwegian family history at the Queens Museum of Art. It is 80 feet long, 30 feet high and illustrates five generations of her great grandmother who immigrated from Norway to the U.S. in 1880.


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This striking glass piece traces the Finlinson ancestry using a “shaker sampler” motif as if it is stitched into the glass. The original art and type is sandblasted into a plate of thick glass 18 inches by 36 inches.



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This piece traces the artist's matriarchal line back 10 generations by landscape and portrait. The red flowers represent the female offspring each mother bore and the blue represent the males.


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Valerie wrote out her entire known family history on the wall of Artist's Space in Manhattan during the three week exhibition. It took up 72 feet of wall space and many Sharpies.


Artwork

Each copper rod contains the descendants and stories of one of my great grandparents kids.


Artwork

Valerie collaborated with choreographer Marin Legget and composer Nathan Bowen to produce this show preformed at Merce Cunningham Studios in Manhattan.


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Jungle Totem is a personal timeline of the artist's life. The watercolors are cut out at the bottom of the piece and less cut out at the top indicating past and future experiences.


Artwork

This is a personal timeline of the artist's life past and future.


Artwork

One of many on-sight watercolors Valerie does of landscapes. This watercolor is of the midnight sun at Alta Fjord, Norway.


Artwork

Johnson Descendants traces Valerie's great-grandparents' descendants. Each person's vital information is listed with a graphite drawing of them. In some places there is so much visual information it is layered with attached rice paper cameos.


Commission

Original Nativity is 9.75 x 9.75 in. and is available plated in 24-carat gold, rhodium, oiled bronze, satin nickel, or unplated stainless steel.

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Commission

Nativity Ornaments are each 3.36 in. diameter, available in the full 9-piece set or The Holy Family alone, and available plated in 24-carat gold or polished nickel.

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Commission

The 9.75 x 9.75 in. Nutcracker is available plated in 24-carat gold, rhodium, oiled bronze, satin nickel, or unplated stainless steel.

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Commission

Large Nativity is 16 x 16 in. and is available plated in 24-carat gold, oiled bronze, or polished nickel.

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Artwork

Mantel Nativity is 16 in. long and is available plated in 24-carat gold, oiled bronze, polished nickel (shown), or unplated stainless steel, with an oak base.

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