Eleanor (Ellie) Bender was born in Meriden in 1928 and is a lifelong resident. Ellie attended Meriden schools and graduated from The Art School of Fashion and also attended University of Hartford. She was employed for over 35 years in the fashion industry as a commercial artist specializing in fashion illustration. Her love for art and a changing job market found her attending classes with the nationally renowned Claudia Post, where she trained in portraitures and the use of pastels, after which she embarked on a new career as a portrait artist and educator. Ellie is an active member of the Meriden arts community, a signature member of the Connecticut Pastel Society, Gallery 53, and the Clinton Art Society. She has won over 125 national and regional awards spanning 25 years. Her pastel portraits and landscapes, which she describes as “Contemporary Realism,” have been exhibited in galleries in Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts. A completed Ellie Bender portrait not only portrays the individual, but it captures the essence of the individual through her meticulous attention to detail.
Ellie continues to create pastel artworks and excels at all genres, but portraits remain her passion and specialty. For a complete listing of all our recipients, visit our website at WWW.MERIDENHALLOFFAME.ORG