Eleanor Shelton & James Gloria

Opening Reception: Friday, August 10, 7:00 to 9:00PM
Saturdays and Sundays, August 11 to August 26,
1:00 to 5:00 PM


Eleonor Shelton

Growing up, Eleanor’s favorite activities were exploring the outdoors and drawing. After getting a BFA in Illustration, she moved to NYC where she free-lanced for 15 years as a digital artist and art director in children’s educational software.

Eleanor Shelton
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However, years in NYC in digital media made Eleanor miss both the seasonal beauty of rural PA and creating artwork that exists in our three dimensional world. She studied life drawing at the New York Art Students League to keep up her skills, and also began to educate herself about native and edible wild plants, spending as much time as possible in the various Botanic Gardens of NYC. In these ways she both rekindled her early interests, and discovered new ones.

After moving back to Northeastern PA, her fascination with the lovely local flora became a new focus as she began to combine her love of nature with her artwork. This led to her to pursue a certificate in Botanical Illustration from the world-renowned New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx.

Eleanor Shelton
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Many of the works on display here were produced in pursuit of this certificate, on the premise that “you can’t break the rules until you know how to play the game”. While Eleanor enjoys the scientific aspects, as an artist she finds the technical constraints to be limiting. While striving for scientific accuracy, her evolving emphasis is on a beautiful and intimate portrait of her subject, rather than just a strict taxonomic representation.

While Eleanor focuses primarily on botanical subjects, she also enjoys life drawing, landscape painting, cartooning, and still life painting. She is comfortable working in many different media, including pastels, oils, acrylics, watercolors, and digital photography. She also enjoys other creative challenges, including pebble mosaic/stone landscaping, sewing, and silver-working.

Eleanor Shelton
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James Gloria

Trained as a scene and costume designer and working in watercolor and acrylics, James started painting in oils at the encouragement of local artist, Bob Doney. Further studies continued with David Cook of Stroudsburg.

His work primarily features landscapes and still life, preferring to work “en plain aire” as the french say, or directly from the subject. His work includes paintings completed on trips to Venice, New Orleans, and Switzerland, but also includes local subjects, including the town of Delaware Water Gap and its surrounds.

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James methods took a turn towards the traditional. His canvases are prepared using time honored gesso formulas with linen stretched on panel. Later he discovered information on recreating 17th c. hand-refined oils. By using this linseed oil alone or altered with marble dust and silica gel, thickness and opacity are varied to create different surface effects.

James Gloria
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This attention to materials and the flexibility to customize them, while more time consuming than using off the shelf canvas, informs his process and outcomes in a profound way.

His most recent exhibit “Summer Botanicals” is a series completed in his garden, using heavy impasto to create a dimensional, freely painted surface. By working directly from the subject, he imbues the work with immediacy and depth.

James Gloria
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The museum and gallery are open Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.

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