Friday, March 31 at 5:00 pm

Artist of the Month: Helga S. Orthofer

This month’s featured artist is Helga S. Orthofer of Stockbridge.
Born in Vienna, Helga S. Orthofer studied at the universities of Vienna and Graz, as well as at the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris.  Coming to Manhattan in the 1970s, she continued her studies at Parsons and the National Academy of Design. She worked with architectural firms specializing in exhibition design, and became an active member of the National Arts Club, being instrumental in founding the Photo Committee in the 1980s and, as Chair of the Exhibition Committee, bringing noteworthy artists and exhibitions to the Club.
Discovering the Berkshires in the 1980s, she restored an 1830 Federal brick house and designed and supervised the building of a studio, creating an ideal artistic workspace for herself.
Helga works in oil, watercolor, and pastel.  For her, all her paintings are portraits of her subjects – still lifes in the broadest sense of the term.  Having one of her paintings of a fire hydrant in a portrait show perfectly sums up her art.
Here in the Berkshires, she draws inspiration from the rich history she sees in the buildings, objects, and nature.  From the European culture she was raised in, to her experiences in vibrant Manhattan, it has all come together for her through the art she now creates in her studio in Stockbridge.
Helga’s drawings and water colors will be on display in the Library’s lobby gallery throughout March.



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