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


Plein Air Group (13 artists) – "Baltimore’s Bygone Synagogues: History Captured"

Lissa Abrams
Bruno Baran
Lois Borgenicht
Ann Crostic
David Diaz
Joe Giodano
Janice Kirsh
Joyce Klavan Jandorf

Kathleen Kotarba
Michael Kotarba
Crystal Moll
Paul Moscatt
Brina Pintzuk
Tom Ritchie
Stewart White
Karen Winston-Levin

Reception: Sunday, September 15, 2–4 PM

Artist's Statement: Plein Air Group

This project aims to capture a visual history of many synagogues that dot the Baltimore landscape.   As the Jewish community moved from East to West and North to the suburbs, the presence of these small and large synagogues (often now repurposed as churches) traces the migration of Baltimore’s Jewish community. 

Fifteen Baltimore area plein air artists are capturing the uniqueness of the interior and exterior of these buildings.  Several synagogues located in the city are historic and currently function as active congregations, such as B’nai Israel and Beth Am.  The old majestic synagogues that were bought by churches retain symbols of their Jewish religious life.  Many of these former synagogues provide us with a time capsule, remaining as they were when vacated in the 1960s and 1950s and earlier. 

This exhibit presents an opportunity to explore the rich history of Baltimore’s Jewish community as represented by its places of prayer.  Each artist brings inspiration to and interpretation of bygone and historic synagogues, painting on location or in the studio, blending lost history with current realities. The intent of the exhibit is to have each artist represent the synagogue as a reminder of the Jewish community’s impact on the City of Baltimore.

Upcoming Exhibits


Artist: Suzi Galletti – Paintings
Website: suzigalletti.com
Show Runs: October 31–December 30
Reception: Sunday, November 10, 2–4 pm

Artist: Karen Klinedinst – "EAST/WEST" – Photography landscapes + gold foil
Show Runs: January 3 –February 24
Reception: Sunday, January 5, 2–4 pm

Artist: The Charcoal Club
Show Runs: February 27–April 27
Reception: Sunday, March 1, 2–4 pm

Artist: Complementary Colors
Show Runs: April 30–June 29
Reception:Sunday, May 3, 2–4 pm

Past Exhibits

July/August 2019: Congregant Rhonda I. Framm, watercolor, "Clouds, Mountains, and Water: Players in the Light"

May/June 2019: Paula Reynolds, photography, "Visual Diaries: Land and Sea," 

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



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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