Local Artists Display Talents at Vintiqued

They deliver mail by day and paint by night. A group of Staten Island postal workers displayed their artwork for the very first time at a show for up-and-coming artists. NY1's Aaron Dickens has the story.

At the bottom of Todt Hill, three postal workers are usually delivering packages to customers, but on Sunday, people were flocking to them.

"Everybody has a talent," said Postal Worker John Dalia.

The three Staten Islanders displayed their artwork for the first time at an art show held at Vintiqued on Richmond Road. They all work at the New Dorp Post Office and recently discovered eachother's talents.

"We would share our artwork on media on facebook or instagram," said postal worker Arben Sylmetaj.

"It's really awesome to be able to hang out with people that I normally talk to inside of work," added Lauren Siravo, also a postal worker.

The postal workers were some of several up-and-coming artists who showed their work outside the antique shop. The store's owner says she was inspired by many of her customers who are also artists.

"I want people to appreciate what they do. It takes a lot of time to do a lot of these things that they do," said Maria Melis-Soto, the owner of Vintiqued.

Vintiqued opened back in February. Melis-Soto has been restoring furniture nearly all her life.

"When I was younger, I would go with my grandmother to all yard sales and stuff. It's just in me," she said.

New Dorp resident Sonia Cogliandro says she hopes to turn her cookie-making hobby into a business.

"It is very difficult to open a business financially. Hopefully, I can get a liscense to do this," she said.

Other artists, like Ruben Ruiz, said events like these help people learn about the talent in the borough.

"Staten Island needs to be a little more art educated. They do not appreciate art enough," says artist Ruben Ruiz.

Melis-Soto says she plans to hold more art shows this fall, and the postal workers say this show won't be their last.

"It's a way to get your name out there. You never know who could walk by," Dalia said.

To learn more, visit vintiqued.com.

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