Retro Sorrento

Illustrated and Handmade designs

β€œTo practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.” - Kurt Vonnegut



Retro Sorrento was founded in 2009 on Etsy by artist and illustrator Maria Vallese. Maria is a 2010 graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology with a BFA in illustration. She has been drawing and painting since she was a little girl at her grandmother's kitchen table, and crocheting since the age of 8.

Maria creates freelance illustration and artwork for local and regional businesses such as Saranac Brewery and Made in Utica. She also sells at local independent craft shows such as the Indie Garage Sale in Utica, NY and Mayday Underground in Rochester, NY. 

Where to Find Retro Sorrento: 

  • Signature 81 - Clinton, NY
  • The Indie Garage Sale - Utica, NY
  • Chicks Along the Canal - Little Falls, NY 
  • Mayday! Underground - Rochester, NY
  • Destination Create - Deansboro, NY
  • Etsy
  • Several Craft Shows, trunk shows and farmer's markets - please check Calendar for more details! 

Noteable Clients:

  • Made In Utica
  • Saranac Brewery
  • DJ Ease One
  • Suzi's Place Diner
  • The Mustard Seed

Gallery Showings: 

  • Maria Vallese/Rosa Oliveri Art Exhibit, The Dev, Utica NY March 2016
  • MWPAI Sidewalk Art Show 2015, 2014, 2011, 2010
  • "Star Wars v. Star Trek" Gallery at the Tech Garden, Syracuse, NY 2016
  • "Love Me Do" Strut Gallery 2014
  • 2014 ProjectU Display, Downtown Utica
  • featured artist 2014
  • Electric Nostalgia, Solo Exhibit, Urban Headquarters Utica, 2011
  • 2010 RIT Senior Illustrators Exhibit at Gallery R in Rochester, NY