Hoffberger Gallery Reception
AUGUST 29-OCTOBER 28
Plein Air Group (13 artists) – "Baltimore’s Bygone Synagogues: History Captured"
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.