Featuring James Gloria & Sherwood Samet

Our newest addition: “Along the Delaware” by James Gloria

Auradell Gallery at Stroudsmoor Country Inn May 1 - August 31, 2018

I have always been intrigued by the traditional forms, techniques, and craft of art making. This was partly a search for less expensive but durable materials, but was also a reaction to the mundane. Early in my education, I was inspired by an influential drawing instructor who encouraged resistance to ready-made tools and materials. He pointed out that shat one uses to make art must affect the outcome. Consistent pieces of conte, ready-made, standard-sized canvas, and 18 x 24 paper are all limits on expression.

Art communities often prioritize originality. By asking: who is served by standardization? one questions the Industrial
Revolution assumptions of progress. Rather than suffering from the estrangement that comes from losing control over
the elements of one’s own process, engagement with methods provides meaning to our work.

By developing a familiarity with the component parts of the materials and techniques of painting, engage in a dialogue.
Inconsistencies in materials are, in fact, opportunities to explore the dynamics and properties of raw materials.
Expectations are modified, new paths are opened, and new ideas are stimulated. A focus on the process becomes as meaningful as the product. For me, making art is a way of connecting with the essence of being, by living in the moment of the creative process.


About the Artist - James Gloria

After finishing his BFA in Scenic and Costume design for theater at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, James continued work as an apprentice designer and painter. In 1989 he started his own decorative arts business, painting murals and faux finishes throughout the East Coast of the U.S.

A desire to extend his arts education led James to fresco classes at Parsons School of Design, and to a workshop in Italy to study the 16th c. technique of Scagliola. The obscurity of this lost art inspired him to return to Venice in 2002 for further study, and to begin documenting and teaching the technique, along with mural and faux finishes. It also sparked an interest in other plaster techniques along with Scagliola. James has published articles on venetian plaster, and fresco.

In 2006, his wife, a former professional modern dancer, and James realized a long held desire to open an arts institute. We now offer workshops, classes and events in fine and performing arts to all ages at Totts Gap Arts Institute, a registered 501c3.


About the Artist - Sherwood Samet

I was born in New York City, and raised in northern New Jersey. My father was an avid amateur photographer, but despite his urging, I did not become interested in photography at that time.

My formal education included four years at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore as a premed student, followed by another four years at the University of Pennsylvania - School of Medicine. Four more years of specialty training prepared me for the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Since that time I have practiced that specialty in the Pocono Mountains, in the northeastern corner of Pennsylvania.

My interest in photography began in the mid 1970's. Inspired by photographers such as Ansel Adams, Walker Evans, and Minor White, black and white photography, the zone system, and infra-red photography held my interest for almost a decade. In recent years, color photography has been my focus, almost exclusively.

I no longer use a darkroom. All of my work is done digitally, utilizing programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Corel’s Painter. The final image is printed with an Epson 4900 ink jet printer on either textured watercolor paper or on canvas.