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.