Valdes Art at Crafty Feast

I had a great time meeting tons of people and selling lots of art this year at the always well-run Crafty Feast. The people have spoken and the little canvases are a hit! Thanks to everyone who stopped by to say hello and take home some original art.

AIGA SC InShow Awards

Valdes Art picked up 3 AIGA InShow Awards including a Judges' Best of Show for the Secret Species Project Exhibition. It was a great surprise. The Secret Species children's book also won. Just as nice was seeing my former students winning lots of awards too. The awards are a different form of cube every year. This year they went with the woodsy-outdoor vibe.

Artist-in-Residence at Richland Library 2016-17

Richland Library’s main branch on Assembly is one of my favorite places in Columbia so I am excited to announce I will be their Artist-in-Residence starting today through May.

That means you can check out my work in my new studio space on the newly renovated 2nd floor. There is a whole team of friendly and creative people devoted to helping people make stuff in brand new creative spaces.

Things kick off tonight at 7 with 3 bands, cash bar, and open studios. I’ll be there making something. Starting next week, I’ll have some open studio hours when you can drop by and check out my work or talk about creative stuff.

Refresh Charleston

I was invited to talk about my work back home at Refresh Charleston. To make it even more familiar and fun the event was held at Blue Ion who are old friends. I spoke about my fine art and Secret Species Project. I talked to some old and new friends afterwards and caught up with a couple of my talented former students.

Valdes Miami University Exhibition in Oxford, Ohio

I was honored to be invited by Dr. Stephanie Danker and Miami University to come to Ohio as a Visiting Artist. This included a solo exhibition and 3 action packed days of talking to students, conducting a workshop, and presenting an artist talk. Everyone was super nice and Miami has a beautiful campus. I've post some more images in my exhibition section. Thanks again to all the great people of Miami.

Dr. Danker conducted several of her classes in the gallery so I could talk to students about my work. Students gave really innovative ways they could use my creative process in art education.

Dr. Danker conducted several of her classes in the gallery so I could talk to students about my work. Students gave really innovative ways they could use my creative process in art education.

I met and worked with students in Art Education, Business, Marketing, and Graphic Design.

I met and worked with students in Art Education, Business, Marketing, and Graphic Design.

I led a workshop in character design featuring my own Secret Species as our muse.

I led a workshop in character design featuring my own Secret Species as our muse.

The students made me feel really comfortable and asked lots of great questions. Several of them won Secret Species swag designed for the exhibition.

The students made me feel really comfortable and asked lots of great questions. Several of them won Secret Species swag designed for the exhibition.

New Valdes Art Poster Available

This poster was printed to commemorate the exhibition at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. The 18x24 inch poster is a 2 color silkscreen on sturdy 100 pound Cougar paper. The poster was designed and illustrated by Marius Valdes and printed by The Half and Half. Only 50 were printed. The poster is a standard size so you can pop it into a store bought frame in 10 seconds!

The posters are 25 dollars which includes shipping in the USA. You can get one here.

2014 Edventure Children's Museum Mini Maker Mural

I was invited to paint a small mural at the Edventure Children's Museum in Columbia, SC. The event hosted all sorts of artists, engineers, and creative problem solvers. I asked for suggestions of what to paint and the word "space" was thrown around which I interpreted as aliens stooping for a photo op with a cow before they abducted it.

Thanks to Jay and Laura at Edventure for taking good care of me and getting me there for a really fun day. It was nice to meet people interested in my work and to get some new art out in Columbia.

Click on image below to see a gallery of the process.