Solo Exhibition By Ellen Eagle To Open In May

CRANFORD – From May 14 to July 1, a solo exhibition of Glen Ridge artist Ellen Eagle will be on display in the Tomasulo Gallery in the MacKay Library of the Cranford campus of Union County College.

The exhibition consists mainly of portraits and all are in the medium of pastel. Her work is of an intimate scale. She paints her close friends, colleagues, professional models and self-portraits. Weaving layer upon layer of strokes of pastel, she develops each painting slowly, during a series of sittings. She always works from life.


In her artist statement, Eagle explains that she works exclusively in natural light: “The most exquisite expression of light that I have seen is in the radiance of flesh. The timeless and fleeting human subject as seen in the eternal and ever-changing natural light.”

This is Eagle’s fourth solo exhibit. She has participated in many group exhibitions at, among other venues, the Forum Gallery, NY; National Academy Museum, NY; Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA; New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ; Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio; Arkansas Drawing Center, Little Rock, AK; and Pierro Gallery, South Orange, NJ.
Her work was the subject of the cover article in The Pastel Journal, June 2006 and has been featured in American Artist Magazine; Classical Drawing Atelier (Watson-Guptill); Classical Drawing A Living Tradition (Sterling Publishers); Portrait Signature Magazine; The New York Times; and The Newark Star-Ledger.

Eagle is the recipient of many awards. At the Vermont Studio Center, Eagle held a Dodge Foundation Full Residency Fellowship in 2007 and a Residency Fellowship in 2008. In both 2004 and 2007 she was also the recipient of Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grants.
She is represented by Forum Gallery, New York. Since 2005, Eagle is an instructor at the Art Students League of New York and at the National Academy School of Fine Arts, New York. Among additional workshops, she will be teaching in June 2010 at Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia, PA and at Art Workshop International in Assisi, Italy in August 2010.

The opening reception for Eagle’s exhibition will be held on Friday, May 14, 2010 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Tomasulo Gallery, located on the first floor of MacKay Library on the College’s Cranford campus, at 1033 Springfield Avenue. Gallery hours are from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Monday through Thursday and from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. Evening hours are from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday through Thursday. For more information, call (908) 709-7155.

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