Friday, November 29, 2013

A Few of my Favorite Things

The weekend had finally arrived! So excited for this weekend's Indie Garage Sale! We will be at MVCC in Utica this year from 12-5 on both Saturday and Sunday. It's free to get in, however early bird tickets are available for those who would like a crowd free shopping experience. With your $10 ticket you will receive a limited edition IGS tote bag and entry into a $50 indie bucks raffle - not to mention first dibs on all the awesome stuff.

I am in love with the poster this year! My ornaments were chosen to be featured on the posters and billboards throughout the area: 

Here are some ornaments I'll be selling along with my artwork and jewelry: 

In celebration of Black Friday and Small Business Saturday I am also asking you to consider doing your holiday shopping with a local business. Keep your money local and support those who do what they do with passion. Here is a little list of my favorite local "brick-and-mortar" businesses from the CNY area to do your holiday shopping at:

Art/handmade items/gifts: 

Signature 81, Kellogg Road in Washington Mills

Artisans' Corner, corner of College and Williams streets in Clinton

The Mustard Seed & Stone Mill Antiques, Canal Place, Little Falls

Tarat Studio, 84 Utica Street, Clinton 

Fall Hill Bead & Gem, West Main Street Little Falls

Broad Street Gallery, Broad Street in Hamilton, NY

The Enchanted Bazaar, 212 North Franklin St, Syracuse 


Lindsay Layne Boutique, Genesee Street, New Hartford 

EcoChic Boutique, 4314 East Genesee Street, Syracuse 

Sports Memorabilia & collectables: 

Hall of Frame Sports, Oriskany blvd. Yorkville

Wine and Spirits: 

Seneca Wine and Liquor, Seneca Turnpike New Hartford 

Hop and Goblet, 2007 Genesee Street Utica


Christine's Cookie Shope & Sugar Babes Cupcakes, Genesee Street New Hartford (behind Randall's Pharmacy) 

The Tramontane Cafe, Lincoln Ave in Utica 

Utica Coffee Roasting Company 92 Genesee Street, Utica 


Off-Center Records, 116 Bleeker Street, Utica

Hope to see you Saturday or Sunday <3


Monday, November 4, 2013

Rochester, NY Trip

It's been quite a while since my last post! I've just returned from a trip to Rochester, NY for the Mayday Underground Craft Show and a mini vacation with my college friends! 

In preparation for the show I created a painting of the Rochester skyline and 490 bridge. Prints are now available on Etsy.

This painting was done in a technique I have not used in a while: oil pastel, oil paint and colored pencil. I think I'll be experimenting with this a little more, since I'd forgotten how much I enjoy it. 

Heres some photos from the weekend: 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

"Art Rocks" 2013

This year I had the opportunity to take part in the Village of Clinton's Art Rocks Auction. Several Adirondack rocking chairs by local artists will be on display throughout the area this summer and later auctioned off. Here is my submission:

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Caricature Logos for Businesses

I've recently gotten into doing some caricature logos for local businesses. Here's a few! 

This first piece was done for Christine's Cookie Shoppe and Sugarbabe's Gourmet Cupcakes in New Hartford, NY. This is a collaborative business between the two girls in one space, and I can tell you from experience, they have some amazing sweets! My Friend Kim over at Creative Designs supplied the logos in the girls hands and the type surrounding. 

This second piece is was done for Suzi's Place, a family style diner opening in Bouckville, NY! Bouckville has some great antique shops, which gave me a little inspiration for the logo. 

Marilyn Monroe Completed

She's Finished! Colored pencil. Prints available here.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Floral Portfolio

I've quickly assembled a portfolio of my floral work to mail out this week: If you can't view this page, please click this link: Floral Design by Maria Vallese

Monday, January 14, 2013

Friday, January 4, 2013

Warm Wishes for the Holiday Season, December wrap up

2012 Christmas Card: 

Here are some photos from the Holiday Indie Garage Sale. This was my best sale yet and a great way to end off 2012. I'm hoping that I'll be able to travel for more craft shows in 2013, especially now that I've got my routine down.