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

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

Reception: Sunday, November 12, 2-4 PM

work by Patricia Bennett

Artist's Statement

I expected to be a scientist, like my father, but I enjoyed looking at the colors of the reagents far more than caring about their contents. So a month after receiving my degree in physics from Reed College, I bought a one-way ticket to Chicago where I immersed myself in art, attending the Art Institute of Chicago and then the Schuler School of Fine Arts in Baltimore.

Finding my voice within the art world has taken over a decade. I painted still lifes and portraits for several years in the classical style in which I was trained, using hand-ground oils and Maroger Medium. But when I switched to acrylics and began painting parties in a completely Impressionistic and colorful style I knew that this was why I had become an artist.

Mostly I paint weddings. I have been privileged to paint over 100 around Baltimore, Washington D.C, Long Island, Colorado, Texas, North Carolina, Delaware, Pennsylvania. Along with being a wonderful experience for me, this gives the couple or their parents a lifelong memento of their special day, a unique service that I can provide. I have also painted at places that I care about, at beautiful Oakdene and Summerfield Stables, La Cuchara, Stone Mill Bakery, the Greenspring Montessori School, the Farmers Market, Cylburn Arboretum, Lake Sunapee in New Hampshire, and more.

I am quite lucky to be a self-supporting artist and am grateful to everyone who has hired me or who has purchased my artwork. I also thank everyone who is in my paintings, thousands of people by now, without you, there would be no painting! And thank you to the Hoffberger Gallery at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation for hosting this show!

Artist’s Biography

Patricia Bennett works as a Live Event Painter in Baltimore City. She is hired to paint weddings, mitzvahs, corporate parties, fundraisers, birthday parties, a fox hunt, and occasionally portraits. Art Education: Patricia attended the Art Institute of Chicago, then graduated from the Schuler School of Fine Arts in Baltimore, where she studied artistic anatomy, portraiture, watercolor, figurative sculpture for four years and ground her own paints. She had a studio at School 33 Art Center in Baltimore for three years, where she was hired to paint portraits, and had several solo shows at galleries in Bethesda, Monkton, and Hampden, including the University of Baltimore Law School.

She was an active member of the Mid Atlantic Plein-Air Association and painted en plein air all over Baltimore City. Patricia is in her fifth year of being a live event painter, is a member of the North American Catering Executives Association, a preferred vendor at the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, and has painted weddings at the Woodholme Country Club, Beth Tifiloh, George Peabody Library, the Evergreen Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Walters Art Museum, the Engineers Club, the Belvedere Hotel, the Four Seasons Baltimore, the Four Seasons D.C., and many more. Her portfolio can be found at Sterling and Burke in Georgetown, her website is patriciabennettstudio.com and her instagram is @patriciabennettstudio.

Upcoming Exhibits

January/February: Eileen Gold, paper mosaics

March/April: Joel Cohen, paintings

May/June: Blake M. Conroy, laser cut paper and brass

July/August: Bruce Simon, photography

Past Exhibits

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"

January/February 2016: Norm Dubin, photography: "Photo-Synthesis"

November/December 2015: Elaine Katz, fabric collaged art quilts: "Fantasy Fiber"

September/October 2015: Effie Gereny, acrylic and mixed media: "Grey Matters"

July/August 2015: Dr. George Gutmann (presented by Cantor Sacks): "My Father's Story: A Retrospective In Art"

May/June 2015: Marcia Wolfson Ray, sculpture: "Outside/Inside"

March/April 2015: Charcoal Club (Jennifer Murtha Group), oil, watercolor, pastel: "Art for Everyone, Right In Your Backyard"

January/February 2015: William Tamburrino, oil: "Landscapes Near and Afar"

November/December 2014: Roxanne Weidele, pastels: "Horizons"

September/October 2014: Claudia Cameron, acrylics: "My Mother’s Story"


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 30% 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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