Carl Hoffner Exhibition Opens at Imagine An exhibition of limited-edition color lithographs and digital paintings by Fayetteville artist Carl Hoffner will open 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 5 and run throughout October at Imagine, the fine arts and fine craft gallery at 38 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles. The opening is part of the village’s First Friday celebration. Refreshments will be provided, along with entertainment by the Usual Suspects. Hoffner, who earned an M.F.A. in studio arts from Syracuse University, has been creating fine art lithographs since 1985 and exhibiting them at many of the nation’s premier art festivals. “Early on, I began to experiment with color by drawing on and printing from several stones,” he says. “By taking advantage of the stone’s texture and layering different colors, I created the rich, luminous and soft tones my lithographs are known for.” Hoffner has created more than 150 editions, and has sold his chromolithographs to 200 galleries in the United States and Canada, along with 100 galleries throughout Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Europe, the United Kingdom and Australia. In 2008, he began to explore the emerging art form of digital painting, in which traditional painting techniques are applied using digital tools. “I have found this to be a liberating artistic experience, bringing back the play in my art as well as offering a chance to re-explore my passion for painting and color,” he says. Imagine is located in the lakeside village of Skaneateles, nestled in the Finger Lakes region of Central New York. It represents artists from across the country and Canada, along with many Central New York artists, to create one of the most diverse contemporary art collections in the area. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 315-685-6263 or go to www.imagineskaneateles.com or www.facebook.com/imagineskaneateles.
Exploring the Digital Landscape May 7 – June 29, 2012
Marcellus, NY: Baltimore Woods Nature Center is pleased to host the artwork of Carl Hoffner, from May 7th through June 29th, 2012 in the Weeks Art Gallery, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus, NY. This collection of work is open to the public during regular business hours: M-F 9am-4pm and Saturday 10am-4pm. There is no admission charge to the gallery, and parking is free.
Hoffner’s work surrounds the viewer in a cacophony of color. Hoffner’s contemporary landscapes of the Central NY region vibrate with intense color. Says Hoffner: “In my work I explore the inherent abstractions and extraordinary color within Upstate New York’s wealth of natural beauty.”
While Hoffner also works in traditional lithograph, the work being exhibited are part of his digital portfolio. Hoffner uses the computer paired with a Wacom tablet, and Corel painter software to draw and paint directly on the computer. Hoffner explains: “Digital painting is an emerging art form in which traditional painting techniques are applied using digital tools by means of a computer, Within the software, I choose the medium, brush type, and drawing surface. I can also select colors from a limited pallet or color wheel. Corel Painter has all the materials or mediums one would find in a professional art store.” He continues, “I have found this to be a liberating artistic experience bringing back the play in my art as well as offering a chance to re-explore my passion for painting and color.”
The completed digital paintings are produced in limited editions using giclee inkjet printing technology.
Hoffner received his MFA from Syracuse University and a BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He taught in the art department of Onondaga County Community College, Syracuse, NY in the1980s. His work is in collections in the United States and abroad including galleries in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Europe, United Kingdom, and Australia.
Hoffner is originally from Wyoming, Pennsylvania and currently resides in Fayetteville, NY.
More information on Hoffner’s work can be found on his website: www.HoffnerArt.com.
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