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September 2013

City of North Charleston, SC, Offers Works by Baird Hoffmire

The City of North Charleston’s Cultural Arts Department is pleased to present Images From a Restless Mind, featuring works by local artist Baird Hoffmire, on view in the display windows of The Meeting Place, from Sept. 3 through Oct. 31, 2013. A reception will be held on Sept. 6, from 6-8pm.

As an animator and illustrator, it is no surprise that Hoffmire is heavily influenced and inspired by myth and various forms of storytelling. In the exhibit he offers a collection of “stories” told in his bold, distinctive style through acrylic and mixed media. Ranging from the humorous to the disturbing, Hoffmire’s work combines elements of memory, emotion, and old family photos with comic books, pop culture, and current events.

“I’m inspired by how social commentary and observations about the world can be coded into symbols in obvious and subtle ways,” Hoffmire says. “By attempting to balance wit and humor with sensitive subject matter, I hope to weave a narrative that is accessible and evocative to the viewer.”

Hoffmire received a BFA in Illustration from Western Carolina University in 1993 and a BFA in Media Arts and Animation from the Art Institute of Atlanta in 2002. He has illustrated more than 20 children’s books and his client list includes The North Face, Timex, Amazon, Firehouse Subs and BellSouth. He founded Electric PaintBrush Studio in 2002 and works and lives in Charleston with his wife, Jane, and his daughters, Sadie and Harper.

The Meeting Place is located on East Montague Avenue in the revitalized Olde Village area of North Charleston. Parking is free. Display window exhibits offer visitors a continuous opportunity to view artwork by different artists monthly or bimonthly.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call 843/740-5854 or visit (http://bit.ly/culturalarts).

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