Meet Adele

Throughout her life artist, author and visionary Adele Seronde has been profoundly moved by the beauty that surrounds her and sparked by her imagination. She has created a bold body of work as an artist, author and social activist with Gardens For Humanity.

Like the artist herself her work is vibrant, lush end evocative. A mentor to both artists and poets “I believe that art has the miraculous power of beauty which inundates and transforms both the creator and the world.” Adele says of her work “As a painter, shapes, lines and color are my language, weaving together a tapestry of living greens, flames, sapphires and prisms.“

Throughout her career, she has done portraits and landscapes in a variety of media, including pastels, pencil and oil paints. In her 20sn at Bennington College in Vermont, she studied under Karl Knaths at the Phillips Museum in Washington, D.C., with Hans Hoffman in New York City and Karl Zerbe at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Her expressionist landscapes have been on display at dozens of galleries including the Weedon and Nova galleries in Boston, and the Vigna Nuova Gallery and other galleries in Florence, Italy. Currently she is represented by Goldenstein Gallery in West Sedona.

Known for her unique style of painting, this artist, author and poet does not use an easel. Instead, she prefers to lay the canvas flat on the ground, often placing additional canvases around it expanding the painting.

She holds a profound belief in the healing power of the arts. In 1968 answering the challenging fury of America’s citizens at Martin Luther King’s assassination she was a key part of a team that spearheaded a unifying citywide program called “Summerthings which brought together all of the stakeholders throughout Boston’s diverse neighborhoods through the creativity of the arts. This city-wide summer arts program was aimed at easing tension and unrest as there were riots in cities across the nation. Under the direction of the state legislator Katherine D. Kane, this summer festival started with murals in the various Boston neighborhoods and expanded to offer music and dance. 1500 Murals were painted throughout various areas in Boston honoring and celebrating each neighborhood’s unique culture. The program was an unprecedented success and to this day is still used as a foundation for other programs.

In 1996 she founded Gardens for Humanity, which has been honored multiple times including the prestigious “Take Pride in America” award in recognition for outstanding use of volunteers in creating gardens. Janet Napolitano, former Secretary of the Interior and Governor of Arizona presented this award.

A prolific author Adele is currently completing her eighth book, Pegasus With Wings on Fire in Education, addressing the crisis in education in the United States. In 2016 her seventh book, All My Loves and Deaths, Adele was awarded a Bronze Medal from the prestigious Reader’s Favorite Book Awards in the category of poetry.

Collections

Public

Phillips Museum, Washinton, DC

DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts

Boston Gas Company, Boston, Massachusetts

Bank of Lebanon, Lebanon, New Hampshire

Private

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Nitze, Washington, D.C.

Mr. and Mrs. Christian A. Herter, Washington, D.C.

Mr. Thomas Gates, Washington, D.C.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Ford, Grosse Point, Michigan

Mrs. Lee Gillespie, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Mr. John Sears, Boston Massachusetts

Mr. John Archbold, Upperville, Virginia

Mrs. Mathilde Bird, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Mr. and Mrs. Linzee Coolidge, Boston, Massachusetts

Mr. and Mrs. H.T. Ryberg, Hampton, New Jersey

Mrs. Robert Cook, Washington, D.C.

Mrs. Mary Crowell, Washington, D.C.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Weiss, Indianapolis, Indiana

and many other private collections in the United States and Italy

 

Education

1943-1945

Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont

Studied painting with Karl Knaths
Studied poetry with Theodore Roethke

1946

Museum of Fine Arts School, Boston, Massachusetts

Studied with Karl Zerbe

1950

Studied with Hans Hoffman, New York City, New York

1953

Phillips Museum, Washington, DC

Studied with Karl Knaths