Bead artist Gloria Leight is well known in the Lehigh Valley arts community for her distinctive and sophisticated jewelry. Using Egyptian and Celtic motifs, her one-of-a kind pieces feature subtle color palettes affected by light and movement, so that they appear to "breathe", as well as a variety of gemstones which lend their own attributes to her creations.
A native of Center Valley, Pennsylvania, Gloria enjoyed successful careers in both fashion and home interior design before discovering the intricate beauty of beadwork in Phoenix, Arizona, where she learned classic Native American and European knotting techniques. Since then, she has incorporated her own ideas into her work, resulting in shimmering, water-smooth wearable art with the look of ancient royalty that is her trademark. Gloria, a Community Programs instructor since Fall 2002, teaches a variety of Bead Weaving classes at NCC's Fowler Family Southside Center.