January 16 - February 19
The Lake George Arts Project’s Courthouse Gallery presents “Painted Stories”, a solo exhibition of recent paintings by Susan Hoffer. The exhibition runs from January 16 – February 19, 2021. In place of on-site gallery reception, we presented an Online Artist Talk, January 16, 2021.
The exhibition will be installed in the gallery, and available for the public to view on site after January 20. Currently the LGAP Gallery and Office is closed to the public. For the safety of our visitors, neighbors and staff, the Courthouse Gallery will be open by appointment only (with 24-hour notice) starting Wednesday, January 20, 2021. We do hope to continue regular gallery hours in February. Please contact us at [email protected] or 518-323-5499 to schedule your visit, and be sure to check our website for updates.
About the Artist:
Susan Hoffer’s new work is deeply rooted in her surrounding environment, rural Upstate NY’s Adirondack Park. Her autobiographical paintings spring from her experiences and exchanges with family, friends, students and neighbors. With close attention to current events, and a keen eye for observing detail, she depicts how technology is relied on and weaved into everyday life. Her subjects are carefully staged in various interior spaces, often with dramatic lighting rendered through thick brushwork, and surrounded by objects that inform each narrative. Her compositions reveal psychological states of her subjects, her empathy for them, as well as her love of light and texture in paint.
She says: “I am interested in the experience of real or perceived isolation that is a result of geographical place and in the ways we use technology to form connections. In our digital age, new media have become a primary means of informational access for many people living in rural areas such as the Adirondack Park. In each painting, I aim to connect my subjects to their broader context, hinting at their engagement with global concerns…Those whom I meet speak of an interest to be engaged in culture and politics beyond their immediate locale; a reliance on often unreliable internet and cell towers; suspicion about how to tell which internet sources might troll or manipulate truth; and always pressure—pressure to piece together multiple jobs in order to make ends meet. It is evident, too, that there are frictions here that have resulted from acres of poverty with pockets of great wealth, and shifting and aging populations; all of this I express through ordinary objects and people, frayed cuffs and halos of light, non-traditional alignments of the pedestrian and the sublime. And through this body of work, I am becoming increasingly aware of theeasy assumptions we make about ourselves and others.”
Susan Hoffer earned her Bachelor in Art and Education at Molloy College and her MFA in Visual Arts / Painting at Johnson State College, Johnson, VT. Her work recently featured in solo shows at Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, Blue Mountain Lake, NY, Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, VT, Strand Center for the Arts, Plattsburgh, NY, and group shows at Emerge Gallery, Saugerties, NY, Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany, NY, The Shirt Factory, Glens Falls, NY, Butzel Gallery, Schenectady, NY, and Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs, NY. Her awards include grants from Essex County Arts Council Grant, a European Studies Grant from Emma Willard School, residencies at Tyrone Guthrie, Newbliss, Ireland, Pouch Cove, Newfoundland, Canada and Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT. She was awarded First Place Award from Northwind Fine Arts Gallery, Saranac Lake, NY 2020; Juror’s Choice Award from North Country Arts, Glens Falls NY, 2020; Best of Show Award at AAG Juried Invitational, Saranac Lake, NY 2020; Best of Show, The Shirt Factory Juried Invitational, Glens Falls, NY 2020; Best of Show, LPCA Juried Invitational, Lake Placid, NY 2019; Mohawk-Hudson Regional Juror’s Award and a Purchase Prize from Albany Institute of History and Art in 2018. She currently lives in Jay NY and teaches at North Country Community College. You can learn more about her work at https://susanhofferart.com.
The Courthouse Gallery is located at the side entrance of the Old County Courthouse, corner of Canada and Lower Amherst Streets, Lake George, NY. Currently we are open by appointment only, but hope to continue regular gallery hours in February, 2021. Regular gallery hours during exhibitions are Wednesday through Friday 12 – 5 pm, Saturday 12 – 4 pm. We suggest that you contact the gallery before your visit, since NYS guidelines related to Covid-19 may change. Call 518-323-5499, or email [email protected].
This exhibition is funded in part by the Town and Village of Lake George; 518 Profiles; Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation, Stewart’s Shops and the Dake Family Foundations, and LGAP members. Please Join us today!