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

September/October Exhibit

"Grey Matters" work by Effie Gereny

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Sunday, October 11, 2-4 PM

Artist Biography

 Like many artists, Effie’s work has been influenced by her travels, particularly to California, Greece and Japan where she lived and painted for a year. It is in her abstract work that these memories of light, shape, texture and color appear. Her work is also informed by her student years at The Maryland Institute College of Art along with her years of work and study with her friend and teacher, Gladys Goldstein. Living and painting in Baltimore for the past thirty-five years, Effie has tried not to imitate images in nature, but rather to recreate them as abstractions. Her unique personal vision combines a sense of exploration with a balance of delicacy and power.

Effie’s work has been exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Gomez Gallery, Museum for Contemporary Arts (Maryland), La Quinta Gallery (Palm Springs, California), Caesara Gallery (Boca Raton, Florida) along with numerous group shows in Maryland and Washington, D.C. Corporate collections include: Massachusetts Mutual Insurance Co., MCI Telecommunications Corp., The Ryland Group, and the International Monetary Fund. Her work is part of many private collections from Beverly Hills to Tokyo with a lot in Baltimore and Washington in-between.

In 1999, Effie and her work became part of the University of Maryland’s Artalks video series, “Profound Abstractions, Resonating Color.”

Artist Statement 

There is an undeniable tension at the center of my work. It takes different viewers in different directions. I like that.  

Upcoming Exhibits

November/December 2015

Artist: Elaine Katz - Art Quilts

Reception: Sunday, November 8, 2-4 PM 

January/February 2016

Artist: Norm Dubin

Reception: Sunday, January 10,  2-4 PM

March/April 2016

Artist: Baltimore Watercolor Society

Reception: Sunday, March 6,  2-4 PM

May/June 2016

Artist: Matt Klos

Reception: Sunday, May 1,  2-4 PM

Past Exhibits

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"

March/April 2013: Carol Lee Thompson and Students

 January/February 2013: Joanne Adleberg, Paintings


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 20% of the sale price. As a non-profit organization this commission to BHC is tax deductible. INFO: BHC Financial Office.

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