James Gloria

Opening Reception: Friday, September 6, 7:00 to 9:00PM
Saturdays and Sundays, September 7 to September 22,
1:00 to 5:00 PM



James Gloria comes from a family of 8 girls and 5 boys. His earliest memories are of sketching with his older brother. Two older sisters studied art, and his mother and father both encouraged his talents. He received extensive training in art and architectural history, drawing, rendering and literature while earning a BFA in Scene and Costume Design for Theater, including the materials and methods of art making. This interest in materials led him to study fresco at Parsons, and Scagliola in Rome and Venice, and to investigation of traditional oil painting materials and methods.

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The craft of painting- preparation of gesso and media, painting “en plein air”, became integral to the outcomes of his work, informing and affecting the end result. There is a dialog between the artist and his materials; a personal philosophy that a practicing artist is not just applying paint to canvas, it means living with open eyes and ears, and approaching everything with thoughtfulness and creativity. Nature is first and foremost in his work, including the figure. James has always been interested in drawing portraits, sketching people in daily life- riding subways, in waiting rooms, at concerts. He’s attended and hosted figure sessions throughout his career. He works in conté pastel, and watercolors when rendering dancers and musicians at work.

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In 2006 he founded the non-profit Totts Gap Arts Institute, a community arts center for fine and performing arts in Mt. Bethel, Pennsylvania, acting as Artistic Director. He teaches on a regular basis, and it is an integral part of his life as an artist.

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James lives in Mt. Bethel with his wife, Angeline, and two children.


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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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