2016 Hoffberger Gallery Exhibition

March 3—April 25, 2016

Our judge was Palden Hamilton.

Thanks to those whose help hanging the Hoffberger Exhibit was invaluable. Carolyn and Rhett Murphy, Marion Stern, Sharon Green, Elizabeth Burin, Rodney Cook and Terre Patrick.

First Place
Karen Norman—“Locked In”

Locked In

Second Place
Joanna Barnum—“Parkville Winter”

Parkville Winter

Third Place
Lois A Wolford—“Follow That Cab”

Follow That Cab

Honorable Mentions

Charles Reiher—“Make Yourself at Home”

Make Yourself at Home

Carolyn Councell—“Iris in Bloom”

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Susan Avis Murphy—“Mounted Water Sprite”

Mounted Water Sprite, Dumbarton Oaks


About Palden Hamilton

Born and raised in Baltimore, Palden Hamilton was encouraged to pursue art from an early age. His self-portrait still hangs at the Gilman school, where his artistic sensibilities were nurtured under Betsey Heuisler. He majored in painting for his B.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He continued his education at the Art Students League of New York, where he trained in figure painting under prominent figurative painters Ron Sherr and William Beckman. There he was awarded a Merit Award in Realism in 2003 and the prestigious Phylis T. Mason Grant in 2004.

Palden applies these skills as a portrait artist in the Baltimore area. In 2008, he received a Certificate of Excellence at the Portrait Society of America’s 10th annual convention in Philadelphia. His portrait, “Holly,” placed in the top thirty of 1,300 entries worldwide in the society’s annual competition. He was notably commissioned to paint Maestro Yuri Temirkanov, outgoing musical director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and present musical director of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra in Russia. Hamilton is the teacher of the portraiture and figure painting classes at the Zoll Studio School of Fine Art, an emerging center of representational painting culture and education in the Baltimore area.

Palden has painted landscape extensively on location in his native Maryland, and on travels to his mother’s homeland, the Himalayan kingdom of Sikkim. For the last three years, he has been juried to participate in Plein Air Easton, the nation’s most prestigious plein air painting event. In 2015, he received Second Place in MAPAPA’s Cityscape exhibition.

He currently resides in Mount Washington, Baltimore, with wife, Jacqueline, daughter, Alice, and cat, Babelet.