Valerie Kay Dumas

Seeking to infuse a tropical style into her abstract art, Valerie draws inspiration from her Floridian roots, as well as her time spent living abroad near the beaches of Antigua, Philippines, Jamaica and the South of France. Island colors.. bright and bold are her signature look that can be incorporated into any room of the house. Valerie also paints with hot wax making encaustic monotypes of beautiful coastal landscapes and colorful "mermaid faces". Along with her paintings, she also makes one of a kind jewelry pieces that can be worn year round.

About Us

Valerie Dumas

store owner

So who am I or better yet.. What is Gillyweed?? Good question. First let me answer what is Gillyweed? Are you familiar with Harry Potter? Silly question right? Well in the 4th installment of Harry Potter, The Triwizard Tournament takes place and Harry must find a way to swim to the bottom of the lake in order to save his friends. He swallows Gillyweed which is a magical herb that allows him to breathe underwater.

Now who am I? Well I am a Florida native that is currently landlocked in Newnan, Ga. (5 hours from the nearest ocean). In addition to my Floridian roots, I've also lived near the beaches of Antigua, Philippines, and Jamaica thanks to my Father who was an international Civil Engineer. I became a Francophile after meeting and marrying my French hunk of a husband, Albert. We lived for 2 years in the South of France... true bliss!! With Gillyweed, I have combined my two passions- French & Island style. Enjoy!!


We are located directly across the street from Newnan’s Historic Courthouse.

Historic Newnan

21 W. Court Square, Newnan, Georgia 30263 USA