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

August Exhibit

"An Artist's Journey" work by Sylvia Beser

"Maryland Swans" 


Friday, August 5, following Shabbat Service

Artists Statement

Sylvia Beser has loved art since she was a child. Beginning in high school, Sylvia attended the Maryland Institute of Art. One of her dearest loves was teaching art to elementary school students, at the Talmudical Academy and the Sunday School at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, where she coordinated students’ studies with art. Along with Claire Bornfriend, another art teacher, Sylvia started to display students’ artworks in the main hallway of BHC at the end of each school year. This led the way for the hallway gallery used today.

Sylvia’s artwork has focused on landscapes throughout the world. From the bay in her sailboat with her husband Jake, to later traveling around the country, Europe and Israel, she used her sketches and paintings to record and remember it all. Sylvia uses a variety of mediums, including 3-dimensional painting, watercolors, acrylics, and pastels.

Upcoming Exhibits

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

Reception: Sunday, September 11, 2-4 PM

November/December 2016: Ronni Jolles, "Painting with Paper"

Reception: Sunday, November 6, 2-4 PM

January/February 2017: Ann Kagan

Reception: Sunday, January 8, 2-4 PM

March/April 2017: Complementary Green, Watercolors

Reception: Sunday, March 5, 2-4 PM

May/June 2017: BaltArt101

Reception: Sunday, April 30, 2-4 PM

July/August 2017: Harriet Stullman

Past Exhibits

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"

July/August 2014: Emerging Artists Exhibit

May/June 2014: Rosyln Zinner, mosaic art: "Breaking Good: Mosaic Art"

March/April 2014: Bridget Sullivan, mixed media photography: "Viewshed"

January/February 2014: Paul Moscatt Plein Air Group, oil, acrylic, pastel: "Landscape Works"

November/December 2013: David Knopp, drawing, print, sculpture: "Rooted"

September/October 2013: David Bacharach, mixed media: "Baltimore Timepoints"

July/August 2013: Rabbi Morris S. Lazaron

May/June 2013: Rhonda LK Schonwald, mixed media: "Letters to God"


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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