Rachel Bartunek

RACHEL BARTUNEK is the owner of Handmade Darling, a bespoke paper goods and event accessories boutique featured both online and in local CNY shops. She received her MS in Communication Design through Pratt Institute with a focus in print and typography. Her freelance work includes creating brand presence, surface design, and hand lettering.


Andrew Buffington ANDREW BUFFINGTON received his AA in fine arts from MVCC and his BA in art education and MA in special education from SUNY New Paltz. Andres is an artist and art instructor in the Utica School District.
Kim Carr Valdez

KIM CARR VALDEZ received her BA in Studio Art from Hartwick College and her MFA in Sculpture from Syracuse University. Her sculptures have recently been included in the 63rd Exhibition of Central New York Artists at MWPAI and in a solo exhibition at the Earlville Opera House Arts Center. Her work has been exhibited extensively in New York City. She was a resident artist at Sculpture Space and at Chashama's Brooklyn Army Terminal. Kim also teaches 3D Design at PrattMWP and currently lives in Utica with her husband Paul and son Jackson.

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Mary Beth Fiorentino MARY BETH FIORENTINO is a contemporary jeweler and educator in Central New York. Her work centers around the idea of perseverance and reflects her interest in experimental enameling and hand fabrication methods.
She spent the earlier part of her career on the west coast as an art director and designer, working for Levi Strauss & Co., Chronicle Books., and maintained her own letterpress studio. Mary Beth combines her background in design with her appreciation for hand crafted jewelry. She holds an MFA in Metal from the State University of New York at New Paltz and a a BFA in Graphic Design from the State University of New York at Fredonia.
Amy Francisco
Michael Giordani MICHAEL GIORDANI graduated from PrattMWP and Pratt Institute with a BFA in painting.
He is a Utica transplant, being born in New York City and raised in Long Island, NY. Michael is also a full time TA at the House of The Good Shepherd in Utica, NY and enjoys nothing more than fostering the creative spark in others.
Annette Gurdo

ANNETTE GURDO has been actively working and exhibiting her paintings in Central NY for more than 20 years. In addition to being honored numerous commissions, her work is included in private collections throughout the Northeast. She received an Associate Degree in Fine Arts from MVCC/ Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute and a BFA in Drawing & Painting at the Philadelphia College of Art.

Contact:, Painting & Drawing

Yulia Levkovich

YULIA LEVKOVICH is an award-winning representational painter. She was born in Ukraine and moved to Canada where she was exposed to the Russian School of Painting. Yulia completed rigorous training at the Academy of Realist Art, received her BFA from OCAD University, Toronto, and an MFA from the New York Academy of Art, Manhattan. She worked in production for Jeff Koons and taught at several institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Yulia’s work is included in many public and private collections and is exhibited extensively in New York City and abroad.

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Eric Mishalanie

ERIC MISHALANIE completed the MWPAI/ MVCC program before receiving his photography BA from Maryland Institute College of Art. Previous projects include photo documentation for the Neighborhood Design Center, Baltimore, MD and teaching at Danella Photographic, New Hartford, NY. Eric currently owns and operates Mishalanie Photography which covers a wide range of photographic services.

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L. David Pye L. DAVID PYE is Dean and Professor of Glass Science, Emeritus, the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He is an honored teacher, scholar and researcher and has served as President of the International Commission on Glass(ICG) and the American Ceramic Society(ACerS). He is a Distinguished Life Member of ACerS, an Honorary Member of the German Society of Glass Technology, and an Honorary Fellow of the British Society of Glass Technology - one of 6 Americans citizens to receive this honor over the last century. He has received several professional achievement awards including the ICG President’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the New York State University Chancellor’s Award for Scholarship and Creativity, the Phoenix Award for Glassman of year, and the American Society of Engineering Education Award for Excellence in Teaching.
He co-founded several continuing conference series on glass including Advances in the Fusion and Processing of Glass and the US University Conferences on Glass Science. In 2013 he presented the Key Note Address at the 23rd International Congress on Glass in Prague, Cz. In 2015 he received the Mal McClaren Award from Rutgers State University and in 2016 the ACerS Toledo Glass and Ceramics Award. He served as the Founding Editor of the ACerS International Journal of Applied Glass Science 2010 – 2017 and in May, 2018 the Glass and Optical Materials Division of the American Ceramic Society convened a special symposium in his honor with the theme - Dawn of the Glass Age: New Horizons in Glass Science, Engineering and Applications. He is also an aspiring stained glass artist.
Mark Russell
Shannon Stockbridge

SHANNON STOCKBRIDGE received her BFA in sculpture through PrattMWP and graduated from Pratt Institute. Jewelry is her primary medium and she has been creating a wearable collection using the lost-was casting method as well as incorporation alternative materials into her pieces. Shannon has taught all ages and levels of classes locally, including the Kirkland Art Center, Rome Art and Community Center, Art Camp at St. James Episcopal Church, and MWPAI.

Contact:, Jewelry

Maria Vallese MARIA VALLESE, owner of Retro Sorrento, deisgns and illustrates for corporate and individual clients such as F.X. Matt Brewery and She received her BFA in illustration from the Rochester Institute of Technology.