Janet Di Gessu
Janet was passionate in her beliefs in art, Flamenco music and dance as well as being an ardent feminist before the movement today existed and had been a sargent in the Marines during WWII. Affording materials was always a concern however Janet was prolific in her painting output. Paintings were scattered abundantly throughout the Di Gessu home accompanied by the miscellaneous Salvation Army decor popular with Monterey Peninsula artists at that time.
As with many artists in Del Monte Park , Janet was a no BS zone and not shy about expressing her views on any subject at hand. She could be mistaken for a European Gypsy in her style of dressing which punctuated her independent spirit and passion for the arts. A consumate Flamenco dancer, she guided students not only in learning classical Flamenco dance but in life lesson's experienced in living an artists life. She joined the Carmel Art Association as a lifetime member and exhibited there frequently and is in numerous private collections as well.
The Artists of Del Monte Park- 1950's
Janet at home- 1970's
Flamenco dance class at the Di Gessu's
Janet Di Gessu-1970's
Janet Ahmet was born in Hollywood into a Scotch Mexican family. She attended Otis and Choinard Art institutes and later Jepson Art School where she met her future husband Victor DiGesu.They first lived in Del Monte Park in a trailer Victor had which was parked in a wooded lot Victor had bought for $175.00 until the house being built on the property by neighbor and painter Al Need was finished. In 1952 the DiGesu's went to Europe and studied art in Paris , Rome and Spain. They followed the work of Earl Kercam who is said to have influenced Pollock and Kline. In Spain they became aficionados of the sounds of the guitar and rhythmic footwork of Flamenco dance which could often be heard emanating from their home.