Photo submitted – Susan Hoffer, 6 Things You Need to Know This Morning, Available for Purchase

PLATTSBURGH, NY – The Strand Center for the Arts is excited to host oil painter Susan Hoffer in the Main Gallery on September 1, 2017. This upcoming exhibit will open in The Strand Center Main Gallery on Friday, September 1, 2017. A reception that is free and open to the public will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. that evening.

Hoffer was educated at Johnson State College in Vermont where she received an MFA in Painting. She went on from there to have an impressive amount of solo and group shows across the region, including locations such as the Dietel Gallery in Troy, NY, the BluSeed Gallery in Saranac Lake, NY, and the Albany Center Gallery in Albany, NY.

Hoffer stated about her work, “I am interested in politics and place. My recent paintings explore the idea that new media can create access for people living in isolated rural areas such as the Adirondack Park to become engaged with cultural issues and political concerns that go beyond their physical locale. I use a tablet to create photographic references and transform the images into paintings. Juxtaposed to each thematic idea is the natural light of the settings where residents work and live.” She went on to add that, “Today, more than ever, independent websites and media outlets, podcasts, and fact-checked social media sites are being used to help remove the barriers that prevent overworked, distracted, and disconnected individuals… from understanding and participating in contemporary issues and movements that benefit them and others. I hope to give voice to these people.”

The exhibit of Hoffer’s artwork will be on view in The Strand Center Main Gallery at 23 Brinkerhoff Street in Plattsburgh from September 1-29, 2017. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information on these exhibits, upcoming events, concerts or classes happening at The Strand Center for the Arts please call 518-563-1604 or visit strandcenter.org.

The Strand Center for the Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a high caliber arts center and theatre, providing the best of visual arts, music, dance, and theatre to the community. The SCA is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), the United Way, The Adirondack Foundation and the Cloudsplitter Foundation.

The Strand Center for the Arts’ Diamond Sponsor is NBC 5; Platinum Circle Sponsors are The University of Vermont Health Network, Champlain Valley Physician’s Hospital, Meadowbrook Healthcare, and Twinstate Technologies. The Strand Center for the Arts’ Gold Sponsors are Northern Insuring/Northern Benefits, Boire Benner Group, Best Western Plus – The Inn at Smithfield, Casella, Clute Wealth Management, and Jeffords Steel and Engineering Company.