Opening Receptions are
from 5:30-8:30 pm,
unless otherwise noted.
Annette Alessi is inspired by places she's visited and passed, people she loves, time spent in nature, and observations of the light around her. She emphasizes the colors she sees "to allow the viewer to appreciate life all the more."
An award winning figurative/portraiture and landscape artist, Annette Alessi began her career in 1987 as a fashion illustrator for Alfred Angelo Bridals after graduating with a degree.
All throughout the 90's, Annette worked in the fashion advertising industry as a graphic designer, art director, illustrator and portraiture artist. She has been using pastels for about 20 years. She has been using oils since 2006 when introduced to the medium by a former teacher, Karl Kuerner, a well known artist who was mentored by Andrew Wyeth. Her landscapes are self-taught only since the new millennium. Annette began exhibiting starting in 2002 with figurative works in a series called The History of Fashion. Gradually she began to frequently exhibit her landscapes which are now part of a large collection called "Brandywine Valley Landscapes".
Annette loves to share this knowledge acquired over the many years by teaching art to adults and teens with "Paint Along" classes for adults held at Chester County Art Association in West Chester, PA, fashion illustration workshops for teens at Darlington Arts Center in Garnet Valley, PA, and holds private lessons at her studio in Garnet Valley, PA. She is presently a member of the Pastel Society of America, the Portrait Society of America, and a few other organizations. Various books have published Annette's works such as "100 Artists of the Brandywine Valley", "Best of American Artists in Pastel" and "A World of Artists". Many press releases have been published showing her works in local papers including an article published in the July 11, 2013 News Journal of Wilmington in the Crossroads section, and the August 20, 2014 Garnet Valley Press.
"I enjoy painting landscapes plein air and creating portraits especially of children. Sometimes I work from photographs of my own if I have been inspired by a moment in time, and the moment needed to be captured quickly. There is a story behind each piece as I move through my journey of life. I am attracted to contrast in light whether it be in a portrait or in a landscape. I use both pastels and oils depending on what I think the particular subject and/or mood will need. I enjoy watching the reaction of art lovers as they view my works and share in the joy that has been given to me through my art. It is truly a gift from God. Art is a passion of the Heart. It's up to the individual to use it, and to share it with others."