Eleanor Shelton

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



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

For directions and more information call 570-476-4240.




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