Candidate Artwork Apriciation – Old York Cellars End Of Year Fundraising Virtual Wine Tasting

Learn what inspired our candidate’s artwork for the promotion of this event.

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By Menachem Rephun, Communications Manager and Self Advocate

Artist Profiles:

Lauren Valinotti – Creative Spirit Candidate & Artist

“For the inspiration, I saw that the company wanted something celebratory and somewhere along the way, I got the idea to combine the wine glasses and confetti poppers in terms of shape. I’m inspired by a lot of colorful artwork and anime-inspired stuff such as Bee and Puppycat. I currently work at Wegmans in Princeton as a baker.”

Lauren Valinotti – Creative Spirit Candidate & Artist

Lauren Valinotti is a talented, highly experienced graphic designer from Robbinsville, N.J., She is an alumnus of Georgian Court University, graduating in 2016 with a B.A. in Graphic Design and Multimedia. Her past experience includes seven years as a caricature artist at Six Flags Great Adventure, along with publishing a graphic novel called “Magical Murders.” She worked as a Graphic Artist for Stitches-N-Ink, an embroidery shop in Hightstown, New Jersey. She writes that her creative dream is to “create my own cartoon and make people happy with my art.” Visit to check out her amazing work.   

Melissa Kivell – Candidate Art Submission
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Mathilde Langevin from Unsplash

Melissa Kivell is an efficient, driven, and highly experienced graphic design artist and digital photographer who aims to influence society through her art, and to create positive change in the community. Her past experience includes working as a Graphic Design Assistant for Marlene Mayerson JCC Manhattan, working as a freelance photographer and multimedia graphic designer, and much more. Melissa currently works as a communications intern for the Mount Sinai Health System, where she designs social media posts and edits footage in iMovie. 

Aurelia Spence – Candidate Art Submission

Aurelia Spence is a driven, talented, and passionate expert in Graphic Design with a B.A. in Digital Design from the City College of New York. She currently works as a Paid Search Associate for Catalyst/ GroupM, and her previous experience includes working as an Apprentice Junior Motion Graphics Animator for Craft Worldwide and McCann Worldgroup, a Graphic Design internship with JUNIPERltd and Global Brands Group, and many other roles. Creative Spirit is honored to have her working with us on our wine and chocolate tasting event. Click here to view samples of her work:   

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