GENE ROSSI: Seventy One

Join us on Saturday, August 19th at 2:00pm for a meet and greet with local artist and author Gene Rossi! Gene's watercolor paintings have been displayed at the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown. He is the author of Seventy One: Growing Up in Downtown Brooklyn During WW II and Joining It Before It Ended
Back and front covers of Seventy One by Gene Rossi
Gene Rossi sitting at a desk with window and bookcase in background
Born in Brooklyn and growing up in the city, Gene Rossi began cultivating his creativity and design sense at Pratt Institute while a high school senior. After serving in World War II in the Navy Air Force, Rossi went to Notre Dame University and received his BFA in 1949. Upon his graduation, Rossi moved back to New York and for the next year continued classes at Pratt in Advertising Design, thus beginning his 30-year career in the design industry. Some of his most notable designs have included the packaging for Nabisco, Huggies, and Buitoni. Rossi worked as a designer with three major New York design firms, the last being Raymond Loewy where he was the Design Director overseeing a staff of 25 artists.
Rossi's retirement in 1980 led him to Doylestown to pursue teaching and consulting. It was not until 2002 that he began painting in earnest. He believes that working as a designer for most of his life readied him to become a painter, for composition, rendering and drawing in graphic art and design are all equally relevant to painting. Painting primarily in city and genre scenes, Rossi describes his watercolor work in terms of style as somewhat loose, but not tight. 

Since living in Doylestown, Rossi has taught Graphic Design at Tyler School of Art. His painting, Montauk Rendezvous, is in the permanent collection of the James A. Michener Art Museum
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Event date: 
Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
The Doylestown Bookshop
16 S. Main Street
Doylestown, PA 18901