Bio

Photo by Marlene Mendez

Photo by Marlene Mendez / Annette Pozzuolo-Alessi is shown painting at a Plein Air Festival with Tyme Gallery, Havertown, PA, October 2010.

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.

Annette Alessi is an award winning figurative/portraiture and landscape artist and 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” which can be found at various galleries and art exhibitions locally and nationally, and viewed on her website under gallery.

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, figure drawing workshops for adults 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, Davinci Art Alliance and a few other organizations. She is represented by Visual Expansion Gallery in West Chester, PA, Hardcastle Galleries in Centreville, DE and Strodes Mill Gallery in West Chester, PA. She juried various art exhibits, including the Rose Tree Park Exhibition of the Artist Guild of Delaware County. 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.” –Annette Alessi, © 2015

Annette welcomes visitors to her art studio and gallery in Garnet Valley, PA, where many works can be seen and purchased, and where private lessons are held.

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Gallery Representation and Works Displayed

Strodes Mill Gallery, West Chester, PA
Hardcastle Gallery, Centerville, DE
Visual Expansion Gallery, West Chester, PA

Awards

First Place Professional Category Award & Third Place People’s Choice Award
“Newlin Mills Waterfall”, Oil
“Lenses On Newlin”, Newlin Grist Mills, Glen Mills, PA
November, 2015

Delaware Valley Art League Memorial Award
“Overlooking the Meadow”, Oil
“Painting in the Meadow”, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA
July 2014

People’s Choice Award
“Extending A Kiss”, Oil
Chester County Art Association, “Party in our Park” Juried Exhibit
Awarded solo exhibition at the Penn State Malvern Campus, West Chester, PA
April, 2014

Honorable Mention
“Hawaiian Koi”, Pastel
DaVinci Art Alliance, Exotica, Philadelphia, PA
August 2013

Best of Category
Hawaiian Koi, Pastel
Artist Haven Gallery’s International Juried Exhibit, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
June 2011

First Place
“Carriage House at the Grange Estates”, Pastel
Plein Air Festival with Tyme Gallery, Havertown, PA
October 2010

Second Place
“Waiting to Dine”, Pastel
The Community Arts Center Members Juried Show, Wallingford, PA
2003

Optima Design Award
Deptford Mall Fall Catalog, NJ
1995

Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges
1985-86

Art Instruction

Chester County Art Association
Paint Along for Adults, West Chester, PA 2012 – present
Study the Portrait, 2013

Darlington Arts Center
Fashion Illustration for Teens, Garnet Valley, PA, 2010- 2012
Capturing the Light Workshop for Adults, 2011
Adult Drawing and Painting, Substitute for Karl Kuerner, Summer 2010
Plein Air Pastel Landscape Workshop for Adults, 2008
Figure Drawing for Adults, 2006-2008
Fashion Illustration and Design for Teens, 2005-2006

Delaware County Community College
Non Credited Drawing Course for Adults, Media, PA
2014

GV Gallery One, Chadds Ford, PA
Pastel Plein Air Paint Along for Adults, 2011
Experimenting with Oils for Adults, 2011
Study the Figure for Adults, 2008 – 2010
Study the Portrait for Adults, 2008 – 2010
The Landscape for Adults, 2008 – 2010

Private Instruction

Alessi Fine Art Studio, Garnet Valley, PA
Figure Drawing for Teens
Portraiture for Adults and Teens
Landscapes for Adults
Portfolio Presentation Prep for Teens
Self Portraiture for Teens
Still Life Study for Teens
Mediums Taught: Oils, pastels, charcoal, acrylic
2008 – present

Demonstrations

Darlington Arts Center
Salute to Spring Silent Auction, Concord Country Club, West Chester, PA
Landscape Demonstration
March 2012
Fall into the Arts Silent Auction, Garnet Valley, PA
Floral Demonstration
October 2010

Chadds Ford Gallery
Impressionistic Landscape, Chadds Ford, PA
April 2010

Chadds Ford Elementary School Art Show
Demo with a Live Model
March 2010

The Artists Guild of Delaware County
Impressionistic Landscape, Springfield, PA
November 2009
Figurative Demonstration, Springfield, PA
January 2008

Hardcastle Gallery
Figure in the Landscape, Centreville, DE
September 2009

The Artists Guild of Delaware County
Figure Drawing Demo
March, 2009

Book Signing Events

Center For Creative Arts, Hockessin, DE
100 Artists of the Brandywine Valley, Catherine Quillman
March 11, 2011

Chadds Ford Gallery, Chadds Ford, PA
100 Artists of the Brandywine Valley, Catherine Quillman
December 2010

Juror

Solo Juror for Art on the Avenue – Plein Air Competition
2013

Artists Guild of Delaware County, Springfield, PA
2010

Solo Juror for Rose Tree Park Show, Media, PA
August 2010

Memberships

Pastel Society of America, NY
Portrait Society of America
Chester County Arts Association, West Chester, PA
Darlington Arts Center, Garnet Valley, PA
Media Arts Council, Media, PA
Da Vinci Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
Deleware Valley Art League, Wayne, PA

Private Collections

Chadds Ford, PA
Desoto, KS
Garnet Valley, PA
New Orleans, LA
Sinsbury, CT
West Chester, PA

Education

Art institute of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Associate Degree in Specialized Technology in Fashion Illustration
1984 – 1986

Darlington Arts Center, Garnet Valley, PA
Studied oil painting with Karl Kuerner
2003 – 2006