Annelies has been inspiring people through creativity since 1992 and considers herself a visionary and Process Artist. Talents abound-- she's worked with varied mediums from copper to photography, to plaster and paint, and to hair and make-up on Broadway. Her art is as dynamic and inspiring as Annelies herself and has been featured in multiple gallery shows and businesses including the Fearrington Village, Visual Art Exchange, Bickett Gallery, Neomonde, Tasca Brava and the UAE Embassy. Her most recent painting series, called Fractal Touchables, is only painted live and when dry, is used to help her coaching clients from professionals and businesses to non-profits to re-imagine what's possible from a creative perspective.
I was once told that I'm an instigator, a provocateur. At first I was surprised, then I realized how powerful that statement was. I instigate and agitate change. Sometimes I anger folks. I realize that's my gift and theirs. I help them see what they can't. Innovation and transformation doesn't take place in a vacuum. It takes place in a messy chaotic jumble of resources disguised as a problem. Albert Einstein once said, "In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity." Let's get messy.
I walk a journey with my clients and with those who witness my art-making in all forms. They're executives, entrepreneurs, business owners and organizations who strive to be a part of the incredible story of 'what's next' for themselves and for our communities.
Having traveled 22 countries and 47 US states, I discovered that most people want the same three things: to be heard, to feel safe and to hold a sense of belonging. How we get there is what triggers conflict and separation. Getting comfortable with what’s uncomfortable is important and matters to all of us. Art is a great way to process that hard stuff of life from stress to conflict and grief.
Here's what I learned...
- All people, no matter their culture, religion, experience, strata nor income desire much of the same worldwide. People yearn for good health, a sense of peace, safety and purpose for themselves and families; the true formula for authentic wealth and happiness.
- No matter how wealthy or famous, connected or not, resourced or lacking; human beings dance with constant suffering.
- No system is perfect. And beauty lies in these imperfections.
- Community and collaboration feeds happiness; a sense of belonging-- not more stuff nor more to-dos.
- Getting quiet, still and reflective garners room to heal, think, process, problem solve and celebrate gratitude for life's gifts, large and small.
- Pollution and toxicity shows up in environments, systems and in people.
- Solutions to problems are often front and center, and are invisible because of fear and proximity.
- Leadership that's sustainable is organic and free to change with what's needed in the moment.
- Creativity, resourcefulness and wholeness lies innately, in all people and in Nature.
- Bowing to pain, difficulty and challenge reveals a useful and important gift that permits and seeds healing, change and growth to occur.
- Everything is connected; to itself, to others, to the environment, to the planet and beyond. We're ONE.
- Change starts within.
Humanity cannot separate itself from nature, nor from its own innate nature. My entire coaching, consulting, facilitation, artistic and healing practices stem from a place of inclusion and integration. I love what I do and it gives me great pleasure to explore humanity's unfolding story through coaching, consulting, facilitation, and my art as a healing practice.
Through my art and social change projects I explore what it means to me- to be a visionary artist.
I believe it is the responsibility of the artist to use what they see and sense in the world as a beacon of inspiration and leadership; pioneering for the greater good, waves of social change, positive transformation, education and reflection; to transform the world from the inside out; from the heart- outward. Wherever I can, I make my projects and art-making public as a means to engage, inspire share, and to manifest solutions and foster connectivity.
Annelies was born near New York City, of European parents. Her father was born of Italian immigrants, her mother, from The Netherlands. Her family history is rich in creativity, talent and introspection.
Famous artists and visionaries sweeten both sides of the family. Her great-grand father was a famous chemist named Dr. Paul Oskar Kappelmeier. Another great-grand father, Oskar Freiwirth-Lützow was an established oil painter who painted for the Russian Czar Alexander Michealovitch, in 1890. Today, his famous work still hangs in galleries throughout Europe. Well-known for their time, opera singers also exist on both sides. In figure, Annelies highly resembles her opera singer great-grandmother Nina Lützow, and has, on some occasions worn the opera boots her great Uncle Emerico wore on stage!
Her parents followed similar leads in their own successes, both being entrepreneur visionaries. Her father was well known for his award winning competitions and styling for the movie stars like ZaZa Gaborand Barbra Streisand. Annelies’ mother is a self-proclaimed social scientist and retired cosmetologist.
In 1992, Annelies began her career with passion and devotion. Knowing that education was the key to her success, she placed herself on the forefront of her craft and took every opportunity to learn. At 19, she began as an educational consultant for Zotos International,Matrix International and Paul Brown International. For five years she traveled across the south-east of the US and as far as Barcelona, Spain facilitating educational seminars. Simultaneously, she tapped into the theater world; designing hair, make-up and wigs for theatrical productions. By 24, she had designed several seasons of shows, joining North Carolina Theater in 1996, as head hair and make-up department designer.
While designing and working as a free-lance artist for television, film, print and theater, Annelies continued on her path towards Broadway. Her first National Broadway Company tour was with the ‘King and I’, which then lead to work with stars like Petula Clark on ‘Sunset Blvd’ and Bernadette Peters with ‘Annie Get Your Gun’. Here she designed several off-Broadway productions including ‘Amhal and the Night Visitors’ at Lincoln Center in NYC and ‘Imperfect Chemistry’ at the Minetta Lane Theater. In 2001 she worked on the film production, ‘The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood' with Sandra Bullock and Ashley Judd, followed by countless other films such as HBO’s ‘Iron Jawed Angles’ with Hillary Swank.
In 2000, Annelies returned to the calm(er) life in the land of tall pines and pin oaks of Raleigh, NC. It was here that she rekindled her creativity with metalsmithing in the NC mountains and began exploring her ability to sculpt with mediums other than hair, which then resulted in several successfulart shows including at the Feaerington Village Sculpture Show and the Visual Art Exchange.
In September 2001, 9-11 rocked the reality of the world, and like many others, caused Annelies to re-evaluate her life. This, coupled with other unexpected changes in her life prompted her move to Dubai, located in the United Arab Emirates in the Middle East. The experience was a journey that transformed her path, direction and passion.
Annelies vowed to make a difference in the world in a meaningful manner. After almost a year in Dubai, she returned to the states and began to educate and inspire through her art. She created a photographic documentary on her experience in Dubai- Another side to the Middle East. Her photography became an inspirational tool to explore cultural tolerance and societal healing. She lectured for local schools, networking groups and businesses throughout the NC Triangle. Today, because of the relationships she forged, her photography still hangs in the UAE Embassy in Washington DC.
In 2005, she returned to school to complete her formal education, focusing on her BA in Creative Process/Social Change, post-graduate study in Expressive Arts (EXA) in Conflict Transformation at EGS in Saas-Fee Switzerland, and finally her MA in Health and Wellness Coaching from the Maryland University of Integrative Health and PCC (Professional Coaching Certification) with ICF.
Annelies stirs many pots! In 2018, she authored her first book From Chaos to Calm :: Leading Change from the Inside Out, in 2019 she began adjunct teaching at the NC Carteret Community College, began leading thought-provoking Art Tours with People First Tourism, and since 2014 she's been teaching Art in the Garden at the WellFed community garden owned by Irregardless Cafe.
Annelies is also an ordained minister leading weddings and special ceremonies, certified in Reiki, Hatha Yoga CYT-200, is an expressive arts Health Rhythms wellness facilitator and has served on the board of the Art Therapy Institute and as a Nature Arts Facilitator and advisor to CHER- the Center for Human Earth Restoration.
Learn more about Annelies and her new book From Chaos to Calm :: Leading Change from the Inside Out at www.conduitforchange.com She lives in Raleigh, NC with her sweetheart Greg Whitt of www.drumforchange.com.
“Somewhere along the way… we forgot our gifts and our relationships. It's time to remember who we are.” ~Annelies M Gentile
From Broadway to blacksmithing to divorce, death and Dubai, Annelies is no stranger to change. Through the fire, she's learned to be resilient. Today she's a pioneer thought-leader with a presence-based approach to helping people navigate change,
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