Retro Sorrento

Illustrated and Handmade designs


Basking in Bourbon for Saranac Brewery

"Art", Illustration WorkMaria ValleseComment

Better late then never to post some information and behind the scenes images from my illustration's for Saranac Brewery's Inner Circle Series. Basking in Bourbon is an Imperial Stout aged in Kentucky Bourbon barrels, with notes of bourbon, dark chocolate, molasses, charred oak, vanilla, and caramel. It's a delicious and decadent beer. 

For the illustration to accompany this beer, my client asked me to come up with some ideas that portrayed the richness of the beer, as well as the fact that it's aged in bourbon barrels. The final idea came down to a king of hearts face card with the king coming out of the bourbon barrels, overflowing with beer. 

Below is my process from sketch to final packing: 


Image ©F.X. Matt Brewery 2017

A Few of my Favorite Things

"Art", "CNY", "iGS", "shop small", "small business Saturday"sorrento4211 Comment

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


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

Back to School 2012 Indie Garage Sale

"Art", "Illustration", "craft booth", "craft display", "craft show", "crafts", "indie garage sale", "retro sorrento"sorrento421Comment
Just wrapped up my favorite local sale, the Indie Garage Sale! I worked out this brand new set up. The side displays are made from inexpensive crates, spray paint, and the bottoms and tops are covered with Mod Podge and scrapbook paper. I used some yarn and some clothespins to hang my small 8"x10" prints. 

Also made this great little chalk board price signs. I think in total they cost me about $5 to make. Much more versatile than the paper signs.