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Exhibit features works of local artist Robert Hoffman

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Published on August 19, 2020 with No Comments

"Captured Moods: A Robert Hoffman Retrospective" is an exhibit now on display through Aug. 29 at the Chesterton Art Center. Featured are the works of this Gary-born artist.

The Chesterton Art Center will be presenting an exhibit of the late Robert Hoffman’s work titled, “Captured Moods: A Robert Hoffman Retrospective” running now through Saturday, Aug. 29.

The exhibit will include examples of his work from various locations, weighted toward the Indiana Dunes first and Brown County second, since those were the places he painted most.

Hoffman grew up in Gary, where he attended Tolleston High School and distinguished himself with his drawings and cartoons. While working as a brick layer at Inland Steel, he took classes at the Chicago Academy of Fine Art.

In 1972, Hoffman started teaching classes and outdoor workshops. His analytical teaching style helped him break down his art knowledge and skills into sequential components.

In 1981, Hoffman jumped at the opportunity for an early retirement and became a full-time artist. He worked in mostly oils and pastels, showing his work at local art fairs and regional shows. He preferred to work “en plein air” (outdoors) whenever possible and could be found toting his French easel and gear outside in any season.

In his studio in Merrillville, he painted still lifes, florals, and portraits, often working from his extensive collection of slides. He enjoyed group painting excursions to Monhegan Island, Maine; Sedona, Arizona; Taos, New Mexico; and Cedar Key, Florida.

In his own words, Hoffman said, “I believe that an artist, whatever his discipline, is a communicator of ideas and emotions. My goal as an artist is to communicate unity and beauty that I see in nature. I like to capture the feeling of light and atmosphere just as the French Impressionists did, but I also like to maintain the feeling of substance or three dimensional bulk as did the American impressionist. As with impressionism, my work is designed to come alive when viewed from a distance rather than close.”

In his long career, Hoffman participated in 15 solo exhibits and received several awards. His work is found in many public and private collections. And he has taught art classes all over the country.

Having suffered from dementia late in life, Hoffman died in 2017, just a few weeks before his 87th birthday.

“Captured Moods: A Robert Hoffman Retrospective” is a free event, open to the public. Regular hours are weekdays 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. To provide a safe environment for the community, all guests are required to wear a mask and practice social distancing at the Chesterton Art Center.

The center is located at 115 S. 4th St. in Chesterton. For more information about this and other events, visit www.chestertonart.com.

 

 

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