Maria's Ideas 
Murals & Fine Art
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ART           Maria DeSimone Prascak​​​
In The Media
Client List and references can be provided upon request.

Maria's  designed and created a community mural, painted by visitors. The 30 ft rainforest mural  hangs in the classroom at the National Aviary. Maria's art  available at the Gift Shops in The National Aviary in Pittsburgh, PA

​Sarris Candies Shop, Canonsburg, PA- 450 feet of candy land murals & 3 ceiling domes embellished with thousands of Swarovski Crystals and hand painted candy pieces. 5 whimsical Animal trophies encrusted with jewels, Pretzel people, chocolate drips and more!

The Frank Sarris Transplant Unit at Montefore Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA, Athena's Cafe mural.

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium- Jambo Grill 9 animals on walls , images of actual animals at the zoo. 

Pittsburgh Zoo- Islands beach area, and quick fact signs in Islands exhibit.

Pittsburgh Zoo - Designed 10 murals for animals on fence in  Kids Kingdom Playground, and I  painted Alligator drum kids area. 

Pittsburgh Zoo -  Siamang exhibit murals, also the Mural at the Carousel,  commissioned by PPG paints to design the 55 ft long
 design on fence and guided 25 employees from PPG to paint the mural,  a community day event.

Firstwatch Cafe - Bridgevile, PA  and Century lll -  wall murals

Aviva Brick Oven and Aviva Express in Mars, PA-  Italian inspired murals, in foyers and dining areas.

Image One Salon, Jefferson Hills, PA . mural & sign

LSG Sky Chefs Headquarters, Coraopolis, PA  Pittsburgh Airport

Evolve Dance Complex, Cranberry, PA  dance studios and custom art piece at reception desk

Perfection Tumbling Cheer, Canonsburg, PA

Children's Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA.- collaborated with Randy Baumann of WDVE radio morning crew, designed a bead for The Beads of Courage Program, bead features a colorful heart. Pictured in the Art Gallery on this website.

Pediatric Alliance, Bridgeville, PA, and Canonsburg, PA waiting rooms and exam rooms.

John F. Slater Funeral Home in Brentwood, PA, 3 large murals in foyer.

Dormont Library, Dormont , PA- large whimsical donation tree at reception desk.

Mt.Oliver business district, 11 panels painted by Maria decorate the vacant windows.

O'Donnell Consulting Engineers Inc. Bethel Park, PA-9 large canvas pieces custom made for the office.

Gary Cartwright DDS. Dental Office, Bethel Park, PA- 3 large canvas murals ,waiting room

Camp Bow Wow Pittsburgh South, Castle Shannon, PA- multiple areas throughout the establishment.

Duquesne University, Board Room at the International Programs Office

Verland Equestrian Therapy- Sewickley, PA

Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn Funeral Home Munhall, PA

Direct Finance Co. Mt. Lebanon, PA

Christ Hope Church, Brighton Heights, PA

Allison Park Assembly of God Church - Playrooms

Lucca Ristorante- patio murals Shadyside, PA

South Western Health Center Assisted Living -Lobby

Valley National Gases, Conference Room- Washington, PA

South Side Local Development Company -Mural restoration of 12th and Carson St. mural, and others in the South Side.

Pediatrics South Mt. Lebanon, PA-entrance

Iron Oxide Recovery Inc, Pittsburgh, PA

Beinhauer Funeral Homes, Bridgeville and Peter's Twnp. - Playrooms

Greenawalt Furnature Showrooms, Madison, PA

The Grand Hall Priory, North Side-Pittsburgh PA

St. Louise DeMarillac, McMurray, PA- Library and bathrooms

Perry Highway Lutheran Church - Wexford, PA
Featured story in the Northside Chronicle December 2019.

Featured guest LIVE on the air with Robert Mangino News talk Radio 1020 & Imagio Glass Design 3.9.2019
Featured guest LIVE on the air with Andy Amrhein News talk Radio 1020 & Imagio Glass Design 3.10.2019

Maria is an exclusive member of NAPEW-National Association of Profession & Executive Women. 
Inducted into NAPEW "Women of Excellence" Registry 2007-2008, chosen "Woman of the Year" in her field! 

Maria's Art Featured in Media Magazine Articles-Newspapers-Television

List of some of the press/artcicles/publicity for the Mural art by Maria's Ideas has been in business since 
1982-37 years! There have been numerous stories written over the years from the beginning, this list is of the recent articles written about the murals.

Featured guest on Pittsburgh Today Live November 2, 2017 

Featured Artist November, 2017 at National Aviary Wings & Wildlife Art Show

Featured guest on Pittsburgh Today Live August 31, 2018. My "Studious Sloffee" art as a fund raiser for Bethel Park Public Library, and other libraries in Allegheny County.

Whirl Magazine November 2017 Spotlight on Artists and 
Whirl Magazine art featured in December 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Pittsburgh Post Gazette Seen column Night in the Tropics July 11, 2016 Magazine section

The Alamanac  October 26, 2016 Pink Pittsburgh

Whirl Magazine October 2013 issue "Eye of the Beholder"

Whirl Magazine November issue 2015 my "Flamingo" painting and participation at Wings & Wildlife Art Show at National Aviary 2015

Featured on Pittsburgh Today Live KDKA TV 2 -November 4th, 2015 with my art and husband Johno Prascak and his art we created for Wings & Wildlife Art Show at National Aviary 2015

Feature story  Celebrating 30 years in business, Pittsburgh Today Live KDKA TV2, May 28, 2012
Numerous mentions 2013-2015 on the show featuring the murals and art.

KDKA TV-2, Dave Crawley's KD Country 1991 & 2004

World Wrestling Entertainment Magazine, 2007 Holiday issue

Gallery Profile in Designing Home Lifestyles Magazine, 2007 Summer issue

Jr. League Designer's Showhouse-Crafton 1999, Urn with wisteria in hall & mural of Noah's Arc in playroom, which was also featured in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette Home & Gardens, May 1,1999. This mural entered and accepted for the award by ADEX-Awards for Design Excellence featured in 2001 Design Journal Magazine.

Jr.League Designer's Showhouse-Shadyside 2004,Tropical palms and monkey bathroom

The national magazine-DW&C Decorating and Window Coverings Magazine, May 1999 issue

Pittsburgh Magazine, March 2002

The Almanac Home & Garden, April 5, 2006

The Observer Reporter-Homes, February 23, 1997

The South Hills Almanac-Lifestyles, October 6, 1999

Observer Reporter-Homes, April, 25, 2004

Designed & illustrated a Holiday card which was distributed nationally to over 40,000 clients of O'Donnell Consulting Engineers, Inc.

Featured in calendar by Iron Oxide Recovery, Inc.

South Pittsburgh Reporter Oct. 2007 for 11 murals in retail window display in Mt.Oliver for Hilltop Economic Development Corp.

South Hills Record featured as part of designer room makeover 

Peter's Patch 2011, Artist Goes Out on a Limb for Dormont Library

Hilltop EDC Summer-Fall Newsletter 2011

The Almanac Newspaper front page story May 30, 2012

Canon-McMillan Patch, June 2, 2012

The Alumni Carrickulum , Summer issue 2012

Celebrating 37 Years in Business in Pittsburgh, PA !