Hoffberger Gallery



The Hoffberger Gallery is located near the beautiful Hoffberger Chapel at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation. The ample physical space can accommodate large and small works of art and offers exhibitors excellent exposure with the many meetings and events that take place at BHC throughout the year.

Established in 1958 by Claire Bornfriend, an artist and congregant of BHC, the Gallery continues to be self-sufficient and is run by a committee of active congregants, some of whom are themselves artists, committed to encouraging a love of art.

The Gallery consistently showcases works of quality in varied media by artists from all over the Mid-Atlantic region, with a special emphasis on Israeli artists during the High Holy Days. Exhibits change every two months, September through June, and offer opening receptions with refreshments. The hours for the Gallery follow BHC building hours. For directions, click here.

INFO: Marcia Bornfriend, marcia410@comcast.net, Lauren Loran, laurenloran@mac.com
or 410-764-1587, ext. 270.

Current Exhibit

Susan Levi-Goerlich, "Paintings in Fiber: Time and Place"
Reception: Sunday, March 10, 2-4 PM


"Assateague Glasswort" by Susan Levi-Goerlich

Artist's Statement

My fiber artwork celebrates color, texture and the myriad possibilities that fiber offers to "paint" an image using fresh and unusual techniques. I have two bodies of work: stitched paintings and paintings in fiber.

My stitched paintings meld an ongoing passion for gardening with painted silks and free-motion machine embroidery. As the first step in a multi-step process, I paint different weaves of pure silk. Then, using my forty-year-old (non-computerized!) sewing machine as a drawing tool, I blend and mix colors by layering threads. I create painterly effects through thousands of stitches and achieve rich textures by fluidly and continually shifting the fabric under the rapidly moving needle.The imagery is inspired by landscapes and gardens encountered during my travels, and by favorite photographs.

My paintings in fiber are a combination of dyed and hand-painted silks, layering and needle-felting. I incorporate different weaves of pure silk to "paint" the image; each shade of color is a different piece of fabric. I assemble the work without adhesives or stitching; I use barbed needles, traveling over and through the multiple layers in order to tangle the fibers, fuse the fabrics and blend the colors. I may add details with free-motion embroidery and/or with bobbin embroidery.

I use both bodies of work to explore the effects of layering fabrics, threads and yarns in order to create depth, rich color and texture. I have long been fascinated with layering as a method to enrich both surface and meaning. Movement and flow of color play an important role in my work, as do shadows and reflections.

Upcoming Exhibits

Paula Reynolds, "Visual Diaries: Land and Sea"
Show Runs: May 2–June 24
Reception:Sunday, May 5, 2019, 2–4 PM

Past Exhibits

January/February 2019: The Baltimore Water Color Society "Signature Members' Exhibition"

September/October 2018: Cynthia Brower, "Landscapes"

July/ August 2018: Congregant Stan Weiman, "From Stage Art To Canvas Art"

May/June 2018: Blake M. Conroy, "Field Study, Cut Paper"

March/April 2018: Congregant Joel Cohen, paintings, "Saying Things with Colors and Shapes"

January/February 2018: Congregant Ilene Gold, "Collage Artwork"

November/December 2017: Patricia Bennett "Colorful Paintings of Parties, Countryside, and Baltimore City"

September/October 2017: Pat Dillon, "Paintings from His Travel and Musician Series"

July/August 2017: Harriet Stulman, paintings: "Artistic Journey"

May/June 2017: Art 10 Baltimore: "Unencumbered"

March/April 2017: Complementary Colors: "Sunrise, Sunset" 

January/February 2017: Ann Kagan, annkathrynkagan.com, acrylic: "Efflorescence"

November/December 2016: Ronni Jolles, paper: "Rough Around The Edges: Inspirations In Paper"

September/October 2016: Rabbi Gila Ruskin, mosaics: "Judaic Mosaics"

August 2016: Sylvia Besser,  3-dimensional painting, watercolors, acrylics and pastels: "An Artist's Journey"

July 2016: Temple Emanuel Art

May/June 2016: Matt Kloss, paintings: "Tourist and Intimist"

March/April 2016: Baltimore Watercolor Society, watercolor: "Real and Imagined"


For information on our submission process, click here to download our submission guidelines. To plan for hanging click here and view the gallery space layout and measurements. INFO: Marcia Bornfriend, marcia410@comcast.net, Lauren Loran, laurenloran@mac.com or 410-764-1587, ext. 270.

BHC will retain a modified commission of 35% of the sale price. As a non-profit organization this commission to BHC is tax deductible. INFO: David Weis, Controller, 410-764-1587, ext. 243.

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