Blackwell St Artists - 20 Years - 1983-2003

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Peggy Dressel Bio

Peggy Dressel Artwork


Peggy Dressel is a fine arts artist, illustrator and portrait artist who has studied at the Pratt Institute, NYC, AOS, the National Academy of Design, NYC; and Moore College of Art, PA. The Bergen Museum of Art and Science, Dupre Gallery, Nathan's Gallery, Gallery One Main, and the Interchurch Center in NYC are a few of the galleries at which she has exhibited.

She has exhibited in numerous juried and invitational Shows such as the Newark Museum's Artist Night, The Degas Pastel Society National Biennial, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, AAPL National and the Southeastern Pastel Society, of which she is a signature member. Her portraits and paintings are represented in over a hundred private collections.

Peggy's paintings have been singled out to receive awards, such as Best in Show at the Bergen Museum of Art and Science Outdoor Exhibit, First Prize at the Ward-Nasse Gallery NYC, the Cynthia Goodgal Memorial Award, Ridgewood Art Institute National, and numerous other Awards from National Show such as the Degas Pastel Society. An article in the spring, 2007 issue of Watercolor Magazine, The Basics of Watercolor Paints I & II, features her paintings, her knowledge of color theory and her watercolor palette.

In addition, companies such as Marshall Cavendish, Prentice-Hall, Dial soap, Macmillian/McGraw-Hill, Macy's and Vogue have published her work in advertisements, books, posters, calendars and periodicals. She has illustrated four children's books: Hoops! publisher Rigby, The Marble Jar, publisher Zaner-Bloser, Inc, The Magic Attic Dolls The Adventure Begins, publisher Reverie Publishing Company and Emily's Bracelet published by Cook Communications Ministries. Her Bio is included in Who's Who in the World and Who's Who in America.

Currently, She is an instructor at the Ridgewood Art Institute, The Art Center of Northern NJ, Ramsey Adult School and the Morris County Art Assoc.

Peggy is a member of The American Artist Professional League, The Degas Pastel Society, The Southeastern Pastel Society, The Art Center's Watercolor Affiliates, The Riverdale Artists Cooperative, Salute to Women in the Arts, The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Children's Books Illustrators Group and the Blackwell St. Artists.

Artist Statement:

My Challenge is to try to paint the ordinary everyday places, things and people and make them unordinary. To achieve this, I enhance my subject matter with vibrant colors, a strong sense of light, and a unique point of view. I also hope that my work will evoke a sense of emotion or bring back memories.To reach this goal, I have developed a personal style and process of painting.

Dressel Exhibit Schedule 2010

Dates Locations

Sept. 14–Oct. 12

The 22
RAC Membership Exhibit

Riverdale Art Gallery
2 Newark-Pompton Turnpike Riverdale, NJ 07457

Sept. 12–Oct. 31

Faculty Art Exhibit ‘Autumn
Morris County Art Association
The Studio
10 Catherine Lane
Morristown, NJ

Sept. 23–Oct. 7

Faculty Art Exhibit
Art Center of Northern NJ
Center St.
New Milford, NJ

Oct 1–Oct 17
Saturday, October 2

Salute to Women in the Arts

The River Edge Cultural Center
201 Continental Ave.
River Edge, NJ 07661

Oct. 2–Oct. 29, 2010
Sunday, Oct. 10

Blackwell St. Artists Exhibition
Kinnelon Library
32 Kinnelon Rd.
Kinnelon, NJ 07405

Nov. 19–Dec. 12
Friday, November 19

Small Works Holiday Show
Riverdale Art Gallery
2 Newark-Pompton Turnpike
Riverdale, NJ 07457

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