Retro Sorrento

Illustrated and Handmade designs


Utica Coloring Book with Made In Utica

Illustration Work, Building Illustration, EventsMaria ValleseComment

I love working with my friends over at Made In Utica, and I'm especially excited about this project I worked on with them for the 2016 Holiday Season: The Utica Coloring Book! 

Over the past few months I have been creating black and white ink illustrations of some of my favorite places in our city for you to color in this 16-page booklet. This is a limited printing, with a limited quantity, so get yours online at ASAP! 

Here's just some of what you'll find inside: 

More info From Made in Utica

"Celebrating all the ways Utica is colorful! The perfect Made In Utica gift or collector’s item to keep!

More than just a coloring book, this is a collection of art featuring illustrations by Retro Sorrento. Artist Maria Vallese has beautifully and intricately detailed some of her favorite #madeinutica places. Color it in, frame it, keep it – this is a book to be treasured and enjoyed. Also makes a perfect holiday gift for Utica friends and family near and far. Available in a limited quantity for a limited time only.

The Details

  • 16 pages of unique designs
  • Includes artist’s notes and descriptions
  • Only 250 available
  • 8.5″ x 11″ in size
  • Orders will be shipped out no later than December 12th
  • You may also choose to pick up your order on December 10th from 10am-2pm at Made In Utica, #323 in Mayro Building on Bank Place in Utica

What are you waiting for? Don’t miss your chance to have the Utica Coloring Book for yourself, your kids or your loved ones. ON SALE NOW."

I've been all over town helping promote this, including a stop at the Uticast this past week. I talked with Sam about my art career thus far, my the Coloring Book, my favorite books, the Beatles, and more! Listen to the episode here: 

Art Show with Rosa Oliveri at The DEV

EventsMaria ValleseComment

This past March, Utica-based artist Rosa Oliveri and collaborated for a show at the DEV. Rosa and I grew up together, painted together and supported each other's creative endeavors - so having a show together was perfect! Steve Nyland coordinated and helped us install this show - with his eye we were able to mix my illustration work with Rosa's surreal paintings. 

Cat Barfield and American Soul

I'd like to give a shoutout and thank you to Steve Nyland for all his help planning and organizing, the DEV for being an awesome venue, Cat Barfield and American Soul for the fabulous tunes at our opening, and to EVERYONE who came by to support us that night. I am so honored to see so many people swing by and give us some love.