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.
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.
VALDES ART SALES
DURING THE HOLIDAYS!
Richland Library on Assembly
Artist in Residence Studio, 2nd Floor
E-mail me for open studio times starting now!
Main Street, Columbia, SC (Located in Free Times Building)
Opening reception on First Thursday of December (December 1)
All month of December
Richland Library on Assembly
Story time in the Children’s Room with drawing activity after.
1st 50 kids will receive a free Secret Species figure.
Saturday, December 2
Nest on Main
Main Street, Columbia, SC (Located next to Marriott)
New work will be rotated during the month of December
Columbia Convention Center
Sunday, December 11
E-Mail me with any other questions. I will reopen my Etsy store on December 13.
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.
I was thrilled to be invited to contribute a piece to a show curated by Leo Espinosa. Each invited artist was sent either a model water tower or mailbox by BoundlessBrooklyn.com and asked to make an original piece. The show is filled with some of my illustration heroes and my piece ended up next to the work of Calef Brown, one of my favorite artists. I share his work in my illustration classes often. You can see all the pieces and even buy them here. I chose to do a take on the idea of a snail mail mailbox.
Having shown his work in six solo exhibitions and 13 group exhibitions, Valdes understands what it’s like to have artwork criticized and he implements this into his classroom environment. He said that he would always remember what a professor once told him, that every time someone makes art, it’s a very brave act. “When you guys bring stuff in I never take it lightly because it’s hard, and I always tell people it’s hard,” Valdes said, “If it was easy, everyone would be a design major.”Read More
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.
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.
I was asked to create a large piece for the South Carolina State Museum. The piece features various SC animals and is hanging in the children's play area.
I will selling a whole bunch of new and original paintings at Crafty Feast, December 14 at the Columbia Convention Center. I'll have art priced $10-$150, lowest prices of the year. The event is always a really fun time with tons of cool artists selling perfect holiday presents. They have a DJ and food for a very small cover charge to get in. There are craft stations for kids and I really hope they have Unicorn Poop cookies again. Come find me.
I will giving a talk as part of Pecha Kucha on December 12, 2014 at SOCO in Columbia, SC. Other great speakers will be there and it's always a fun night. Speakers show 2o slides and talk for 20 seconds about each slide. I'm not sure what I am going to speak about yet but it will probably involve illustration, design, art or education. Here's the website for more details and tickets. http://soco-work.com/pechakucha/
Come down and buy new art at the South Carolina State Museum's Fall Festival on September 20, 2014. As soon as I finish this blog post I will start working on a new batch of original art to sell from 10-4 that day. More information can be found right here or read below.
FALL FESTIVAL AND PICKIN’ PARTY
September 20, 2014
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
It’s the State Museum’s annual autumn tradition— the Fall Heritage Festival & Pickin’ Party! With mouth-watering barbecue on the menu and some of the best of South Carolina’s musical and traditional folk art talent, guests will enjoy a day filled with fall activities for the whole family!
All activities are FREE with Museum admission or membership unless otherwise noted.
Fore more information, contact email@example.com or call (803) 898-4952.
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.
I will have an exhibition of 10 new paintings and 20 ink drawings at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen in Virginia. The show will run from August 21 to September 30, 2014.
I will be posting all original art for sale on Etsy. I just posted 20 new paintings, each only $100. I will be working out the Etsy store in the coming weeks so thanks for your patience in advance if any glitches arise.
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.