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Melanie Coutavas

Freelance Artist & Illustrator

Location:Bayside, New York, United States
2 Skills
melaniecoutavas | Illustrator/VISUAL MERCHANDISER | E 20929th RD | Bayside, NY 11361 | HM 347.408.4147 | C 718.915.5972
Dean & Deluca SoHo
Visual Merchandiser + Pastry Supervisor 06-present
New York, NY
-Supervisor for pastry department and visual merchandiser for SoHo loca- tion. Delegating, ordering , and training new employees.
-Visual Merchandiser of the SoHo location. Create visual layouts and dis- plays while collaborating with team leads to help promote a push sales, and upkeep the esthetic of the stores nature. Work effectively within budget and scheduling guidelines. to noticeably increase sales numbers in stores and regaining public admiration of the stores and brand.
school of visual arts B.A. > Illustration
Studies in editorial , childrens books, and conceptual art
Community College Of Vermont
visual . art . merchandising . direction
6+ years in pastry speciality with over 2 + years years of visual merchandising experience + leadership skills in delegating tasks and executing projects thoroughly and proficiantly + STRONG understanding of layout and store displays and the ability to utilize products to target a mass audience + collaborating with team leaders, including buyers, general manager, supervisors, department specialists, mer- chandising manager. Advertising strategies from seasonal key product visual promotions. Ability to keep inventory and or- der products + overseeing company department and staff INTERACTIVE working knowledge of MAC op- erating system with some knowledge of PC. PASSIONATE for illustration and character design, DRIVEN to help organizations & experience with charity events.
Training new employees delegating through department over seeing analytics of department
Graphite Samurai
Storyboard Colorist 11-present
New Jersey
- Communicated with the lead artist to color commercial storyboard frames under deadlines,
-The Conover Turtle Pace in Boston
- Champbell’s Soup Advertisement
- Chiobani advertisement
Barista at Uncommon Grounds
Barista 04 -06
Burlington, Vermont
I was a Barista at the main coffee house in Burlington, Vermont. I made a variety of coffee beverages andworked with a group of upbeat, friendly people. Tasks consisted of cashing out, opening store in the morning and providing great customer service to guests.
Bella Donna
Retail Associate 05- 06
Assist customers, organize merchandise. Assist in fitting room. set up in the morning. Merchandising in store products, and opening store and closing up.
Contributing Artist at RAW:natural born artists
March 2013 - Present (3 months)
RAW:natural born artists is an independent arts organization, for artists, by artists.
We’re a community made up of creative individuals across the nation.
We welcome all genres of art including independent film, fashion, music, vi- sual art, performing art, hairstylists, makeup artists and more.
We encourage the creative success of the many visionaries and storytellers of our generation. RAW currently operates in 54 cities across the United States & Australia and counting ...
Freelance Artists at Smile 4 Riley
March 2013 - Present (3 months)
Riley O’Brien is a 4 year old boy who a couple of weeks ago, recieved two lungs and a heart. He is now fighting for his life, as each day reveals a new complication and little Riley, holds on to survive. I was approached by The Families spokesperson ,”Kathy Horn” to create artwork for the Champaign. To learn more about what you can do for Riley go to
The Girls In The Basement
July 2011 to July 2011
Members: Melanie Coutavas, Brenda Montalvan, Amanda Lanzone, Jayoun Ku, yujin ahn, Stephanie Rodriguez
A show that I curated with Brenda Montalvan. IT showcased 7 female art- ists, with different genres of illustration. when the show was put together, we saw the dramatic differences in our work, and it was so much fun to see it all harmonies in one space. It was a stressful, but productive event to take on, that I would do it again in a heartbeat, and knowing what I know now, I would go in so many directions.
People’s Choice Group Show
Members:Melanie Coutavas
One of many artists showcasing a series a work that introduces the new upcoming artists and there talent.
?Graphic Design Illustration Illustrator Photoshop Portraits Cartoons Storyboarding Editorial Illustration Publishing Logo Design Concept Design character development Storytelling Visual Merchandising Layout Design Concept Development Digital Painting, Marketing Analytics Excel
Emily Taylor
Pastry Manager > Dean & Deluca SoHo 2012-2013 1.503.975.1505
Rob Ruiz
Owner > Graphite Samurai
Karen Medlin
Pastry Manager > Dean & Deluca SoHo 2009-2011
Kathy Horn
Publicist > RoadRunner Media Talent 1.718.913.4858
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