Ellen Rebarber is a sculptor who works with a variety of materials: metal, wood, stone, cement, plaster, clay, glass and most recently acrylite. The long time Highland Park resident loves to make fused glass jewelry and platters and an exhibit of this work will be in the Main Hall Display Case at the Highland Park Public Library throughout the month of August 2017.
Rebarber will tell you that she is a risk taker. Throughout her adult life, Ellen was always taking a class to learn more or something new to enhance her art. She took classes with George Segal, the sculptor, who made a profound impression on her work. She learned about form, texture, composition, painting, drawing, art and music.
“He really taught me how to see and comprehend our surroundings, for which I am very grateful,” Rebarber said.
After her retirement from teaching in Highland Park, Ellen enrolled for sculpture classes at Middlesex County Community College. She later continued classes at Mason Gross School of Visual Arts at Rutgers University. She studied with Rudy Serra, who was very inspirational and encouraging to her.
She works in her studio in her home where she spends much of her time. Ellen recently completed a commission for an indoor water fountain, for the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development.