Carolann d’Allesandro-Mancuso has been a part of the Pinellas County artist community since 1969, having moved to this area with her husband Joseph, and their two children. She has dedicated her life’s work to the Arts, as a teacher, mentor, painter, and a tireless promoter of the Arts, in all forms of art within this community. Carolann holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and a Master of Arts degree in the field. A major element of her Master’s program was the creation of a Sequential Art Program for Elementary Schools, Grades one through eight., She has used this program as a guide throughout her teaching career.
Highlights of Carolann’s Career
- Owner/operator of a small arts & crafts shop, instructing clients how to create interesting and artistic items for homes/offices.
- Curator and instructor of children’s art classes at Florida Gulf Coast Art Center, Belleair. Some of her students during this time included well-known artists Chris Still and Ernest Simmons.
- Founded and was active member of the Young Artists Group, participating in a number of indoor/outdoor art shows, including Dunedin Art Harvest, FGCAC shows, and several others in the local area,
- Taught Art Classes for several years at the Dunedin Art center, Largo Community Center, and private art tutoring.
- Became Art Teacher at St. Patrick School in Largo, developing and implementing an outstanding Art Program at that school, (it was virtually non-existent when she took over the program)
- Worked the summer program at St. Paul’s School in Clearwater as Arts Coordinator for several years, while at St. Patricks.
- Joined faculty at St. Paul’s School as the Fine Arts Chair of the Upper School, and was an instrumental partner in the development of an outstanding school, again creating an outstanding art program for the school. This included an artist-in-residence program, bringing artists from the community, and beyond, to the campus to work with the students. Carolann was responsible for the successful funding of this program and was tireless in promoting it. Many well-known artists participated in this program, including Chris Still, Lois Rector, Denis Gaston, Genevieve Lykes-Dimmit, Brooke Allison, Bill Renc, Diane Borden-Jones, Professor I-Hsuing Ju from Washington & Lee University, and many others.
- Became Arts Director/Teacher at Country Day Academy, a Montessori school in Seminole, once again developing and implementing a sequential program in the Arts for grades K-eight at Country.
- During these later teaching years, Carolann developed a small private tutoring business, mentoring and tutoring many talented and serious young students in the fine arts, many of whom have gone on to successful careers in the arts or related fields, thanks to the time and efforts Carolann spent with these young people.
- And finally, after devoting herself to helping others in the field of Arts, Carolann decided to focus on painting her own works of Art. Over the years, she has studied and practiced many forms of Art, but her primary focus today is Oil on Canvas. Virtually all works found in her website are original Oil on Canvas She is a member the Professional Association of Visual Artists (PAVA), and has and is participating in local and beyond outdoor art shows, and exhibited in numerous Art Galleries, both in the Tampa Bay area, as well as some out of town galleries as well. Her entry into the PAVA Annual Member’s exhibit recently was awarded first place, out of 100+ entries. She was also the featured Artist in the July/August 2015 edition of the Tampa Bay Magazine, published by Aaron R. Fodiman.
- A final note, Carolann has for several years donated to the Martini and Matisse Annual Art Lottery, benefiting the Clearwater Free Clinic, and also to the Dunedin Art Center for their annual fund-raising events.
Carolann’s personal artist statement expressing her feelings about her art:
I believe Art Work is a crucial part of our lives and environment and enhances the world in which we live and work. The process of making art is more important than the end result. I am a believer in Art for Art’s sake, rather than for the sake of social justice, or national glory or monetary gain. Nothing makes me happier than to see and feel the personal pleasure of expressing myself in my works of art. I love to find beauty in forgotten objects through still life and landscapes and overcoming obstacles that the painting induces.
I enjoy experimentation, seeking out new techniques and materials and technology for continued growth in my art, which is apparent across my application of marks on both canvas and paper in my artistic creations. I am constantly drawn to the use of bold color and light to intensify the works of art I create. As my career in the visual arts unfolded, both as a teacher and artist, I find myself drawn to diverse projects that afford me the opportunity for creative learning and teaching.
The pattern of daily life and unusual happenings can bring out comments and meaning to simply confirm what can be seen in my artwork. I have long aspired toward a resolution in my techniques through paintings, collages, drawings and teaching.
As I grow as an artist and human being I research concepts and ideas which allow a great deal of freedom in both applications and in teaching painting and subject matter. This has been my life-long pursuit, as evidenced by viewing these works of art.