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City of Utica Community Showcase Banners

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Over the winter I spent some time working on a Community Showcase Banner campaign for the city of Utica. I created three designs representing the different areas of the city where the banners would be located. Now that the weather has cleared, nearly a hundred of these new banners are set to be installed throughout the city of Utica

The designs for the 96 banners were unveiled Wednesday by Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri, John Vella of Utica Sign and Graphics, and myself. 

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Beginning next week, the banners will be installed on utility and light poles along Genesee Street, the Parkway, Burrstone Road and other main thoroughfares throughout the city. I'm so excited to see these up! 

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Utica Key - Custom Tattoo

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A few months ago my friend Adam asked me to create a tattoo design for him based off of a photograph he took. Adam lives in Downtown Utica and wanted to add a little bit of his love for our city to his tattoo collection. Adam and I have known eachother for a very long time, so I was honored to not only have several pieces of artwork hanging in his home, but be able to create a permanent piece for him. 

The final image was tattooed on Adam's arm by Joe Zielinski at Inkorporated Tattoo, located on Genesee Street in Downtown Utica. 

Adam's Beautiful photograph of the Utica Key that resides in Franklin Square. 

Adam's Beautiful photograph of the Utica Key that resides in Franklin Square. 

The final image on Adam's arm was created by  Inkorporated Tattoo.  

The final image on Adam's arm was created by Inkorporated Tattoo. 

Art Show with Rosa Oliveri at The DEV

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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.