Great Barrington Artist Opens Exhibit at Camphill Ghent Gallery

An exhibit of oil paintings titled, “Backdoor Poetry” by Great Barrington artist Stella Elliston opens June 4 in the Joan Allen Art Gallery at Camphill Ghent, 2542 Route 66 in Chatham and runs through July 31. The gallery is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free to the public. A reception with the artist will be June 11 at 4 p.m. in the gallery.

Elliston’s relationship with art began at an early age when she was invited to participate in an art program for youth at the Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, Ohio. The classes offered an exploration in many different mediums over several years. “These early experiences launched a life-long passion for the creative process,” said Elliston.

A graduate of Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in English and Fine Arts, Elliston paints in watercolors, acrylics and oils. She is a member of the Housatonic Art League and has shown her work in various venues in the area including the Geoffrey Young Gallery in Great Barrington and a juried show at the Welles Gallery in Lenox. Elliston has also exhibited her work at the Chatham Bookstore and the Six Depot Roastery and Café.

After college, Elliston studied eurythmy in England and New York, completing a four-year program and a three-year post-graduate course to prepare for a career as a therapeutic eurythmist. She and her husband settled in theBerkshires to raise their family of four in 1984 and since then she increased her focus on painting alongside her therapeutic practice.

“It has been my good fortune to study with very fine painters in the area who have taught me a great deal aboutcomposition, light, shadow, and the poetry that can live in a painting,” said Elliston. “I am drawn to the mystery of light and shadow, and the beauty of the ordinary things we see around us.” Elliston’s focus at present is still-life in oils and her surrounding landscape.