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Chris Adessa Plein Air Landscapes

Chris Adessa is an award-winning landscape painter living in Marin County, California.  A transplant from western New York State, Chris is well suited to appreciate the majestic California landscape and glorious climate. 

The ever-changing boundary between land and sea captivates her and she uses her palette and brushes to capture the play of light on the mist and the rugged cliffs and shores.

Her art career booming, the past year is full of firsts:  The di Rosa Preserve in Napa showed her work at their SLIDESLAM event.  The internationally acclaimed Sausalito Art Festival invited her to participate; she appeared live on KRON teaching Henry Tenenbaum to oil paint, she was in Marin/Scapes and a Guest Artist with the Baywood Artists group (she’s now a full member); the I.Wolk Gallery in St. Helena invited her to hang work in their 2007 Plein Air Exhibition and the Marin Conservation League showcased her painting on the cover of its Annual Report.  Plus, she was invited into the Spindrift Gallery in beautiful Gualala, CA.

The Napa Valley Museum juried her into their Plein Air Biennial Exhibits in 2007 and 2005 and she won the “Crystal Award of Excellence” at the 2005 California Fine Art Competition plus two Awards of Merit in 2006. She has won numerous awards including the Napa Valley Mustard Festival, Marin County Fair - Fine Art Division, Marin Society of Artists and others as well.  She exhibits in the Bolinas Museum Annual Mini Invitational Exhibition, West Marin Wild and other shows that benefit our world. 

Chris was commissioned to paint a vineyard vista for a national TV and print advertising campaign, and was hired as technical advisor to the creative director.  She has painted in the Point Reyes Plein Air Paint-Off and the Mill Valley Art Commission's Plein Air Paint-Off.  She has exhibited across the U.S. from California to Pennsylvania and her work is collected internationally.

Her work has shown in numerous venues across Northern California:  Napa Valley Museum, Bolinas Museum, California State Fine Art Competition, the William Lester Gallery, Switzer Gallery, The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, Runnymede Sculpture Farm, St. Supery Vineyards and Winery, Gualala Arts Center, Marin Community Foundation, Falkirk Cultural Center, Artisans, Marin Society of Artists, Toby’s Feed Barn Gallery and The Group Show in San Francisco.

Chris received her B.S. with honors in Art Education from the Pennsylvania State University.  More recently, she has studied with truly inspirational artists who have shared much painting wisdom, including Chester Arnold, Randall Sexton, Armand Cabrera, Van Waldron and Brian Blood.  

Please visit and see her latest work in studio 278A with views of the Bay!  


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