Valenza is a fine artist living in New Jersey. Her background in art includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Caldwell College, Caldwell, N.J., with an education certification to teach Art grades K-12. She continued post collegiate studies at Fashion Institute of Technology (NYC), The School of Visual Arts (NYC), at William Paterson University studied dark room / black and white photography with David Horton, Interior Design Drafting at Kean University, Chinese Brush Painting with master, David Kwo, and Watercolor Technique with Thomas Valenti. At the NJCVA in Summit, N.J. she studied Encaustics with Barry Andrews and Jewelry Design - The Lost Wax Technique with Jeanette Mullarkey.
For over 25+ years, she has been a Visual Merchandising/ Marketing professional, a curator of store exhibitions. Her work has been as a visual artist who arranges objects in space.
During her career, she was the Visual Merchandising Directors for The Museum Company stores, Viva International Optical Group, and Bloomingdales. With Macys she opened 25 specialty stores.
Doree has worked as a design consultant and a faux finishing artist for both commercial and residential applications.
She authored two Museum Company manuals for store merchandising presentation: Visual Merchandising Standards 101, and Visual Merchandising Presentation for Jewelry, and has presented workshops and seminars on Visual Merchandisng at national sales meetings, throughout the United States, England, Canada, and in Japan through an interpreter.
In 2003, she left her Visual Merchandising / Marketing career to focus on her Art. She has immersed herself in creating and exhibiting her works, and volunteers her time to local arts orgainzations.
In 2010, Doree was elected to the board of The National Association of Women Artists, Inc. (www.thenawa.org) (NYC) and served as their First Vice President and Chairperson of Exhibitions till September, 2012.
In May 2012 she was elected the President.
She serves as the Vice President of The Millburn Short Hills Arts Center (MSHAC), and is council member of The Arts Council of Livingston.
Doree and her husband Thomas F. Valenza launched a new business Historic EyeWear Company, Keeping History in Sight® which showcases museum quality reproduction spectacles (to improve your artistic vision) from the 1800's.
Visit the new website www.HistoricEyeWearCompany.com. for the latest information on Period Correct spectacles and to see our complete selection of spectacles and cases. Tom custom engraves the cases using fonts from the 1800's. The one shown in this photograph has three initials.
For this website, Doree photographed, designed collateral and assists her husband in running the business. Doree's photographs are featured thoughout the site. They enjoy attending reenactments and Living History events.