“My work, though not narrative, is a story,” says painter James Gloria. The setting of that story will be very familiar to local residents as his new exhibit at the Bethlehem Area Public Library is a series of landscapes documenting the Delaware River. There are sunrises and water gaps and places like Shawnee Island and Mount Tammany, all rendered in traditional oil paint.
“It is my intention to share with my viewer not only the essence of a physical space as experience, but also the story of light and materials and how all components arrive together,” Gloria says.
The exhibit is on display at the Main Library (11 W. Church St.) from July 8 to August 31. An “artist talk” will be held on August 26 at 6:30 with the opportunity to view the works and hear about the process. Gloria will discuss the materials and methods he uses to paint “en plein air” directly from nature. He’ll also describe how using traditional oil paints and hand-made materials has affected his work. Questions and discussion will be encouraged.
“When I select a subject to paint, I say to it, ‘Hold on a moment; let me see what you represent. Let me put you to the test.'”
What: Artist Talk, “Delaware River, en plein air” with painter James Gloria
When: August 26, 6:30PM
Where: Bethlehem Area Public Library, 11 W. Church St.
Tickets: Free to attend, advance registration here