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

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

Reception: Sunday, January 7, 2-4 PM

"Girl on a Bike" work by Ilene Gold

Artist's Statement

My newest art medium is collage. What makes my collages unique, is that they are created using only National Geographic magazines. First, the picture is drawn, then the colors are cut out, using only these magazines. My artwork has been referred to as a painterly style of collage. At first glance, many people admire what they think is a painting, then take a closer look and can’t believe it is all paper. Even the date and my signature are cut out from National Geographic magazines.

When I am working, I feel as if I am solving a puzzle, finding where each piece goes is so important, since each piece of paper has its place. The curves and movement from the cut paper seem to magically make the art come together.

Many changes and revisions are made along the way. For example, the picture of the Girl on The Bike, her purse was changed three times, along with changes to the street and cafe. Even for the design for the girl’s scarf, the border of her sweater and the scarf on the dog had to match. The details really matter when I am creating a piece of art, so within each picture there are hidden words and messages. My final touches have lines as fine as strands of hair, cut only from these magazines.

My goal as an artist is to create a beautiful piece of art, but also to make the viewer look a little longer and have a sense of discovery within each piece of artwork. 

Artist’s Biography

Ilene Gold creates collages using only National Geographic magazines. Cutting thousands of pieces of paper and assembling them into a new image. The collage idea started by recreating famous paintings made entirely from National Geographic magazines. As this medium evolved, a new collection started with the recreation of Ilene Gold’s award winning photographs, still using only National Geographic magazines. Look closely and you may find a hidden phrase or words within some of her pictures. She tries to capture a painterly quality with each collage. It seems she is almost painting with paper. 

As early as 10 years of age, Ilene sold her first painting. From a Fine Arts major to an Advertising & Design major, Ilene has continued to work in the art field. A graduate from the University of Maryland, majoring in Graphic Arts, with continuing studies in Fine Arts at MICA and writing at Johns Hopkins University. She worked as a graphic designer for advertising agencies from Barton-Gillet to Lewis Advertising. While living in Florida, she worked for Recommend and Boca Raton Magazines. She has taught art at Grace United Methodist Church, Baltimore Hebrew Sunday School, The Painting Workshop, Johns Hopkins Art Camp, Park Camp and Howard County Center for the Arts.

Her photography from the US, Europe, and the Middle East has won her awards, and has been published in national magazines. Prints of her collages have sold in New York, Paris, Maryland and West Virginia. Juried art shows of this work have been exhibited at: Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition(BWAC), Recycle Art Juried Show 5/2016 & Color Show 7/16, Maryland Federation of Art’s 39th Annual Art on Paper Exhibition 2016, Howard County Center for the Arts 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017. Upcoming exhibitions of her collages will be on display at: The Hoffberger Gallery in Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, Morgan Arts Council-Ice House Gallery in Berkeley Springs, WV and Howard County Center for the Arts.

Upcoming Exhibits

March/April: Joel Cohen, paintings

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

Past Exhibits

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"

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"


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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