visiting artist: ellen hoverkamp


november 15 - 25

Reception: November 15th 5:30-7pm

Artist Story Sip-In: November 18th 11am

Connecticut can’t get enough of visiting artist, Ellen Hoverkamp. Join Ellen at the Firehouse Gallery during her extended stay on Saturday and Sunday (November 24 & 25) 12-4pm.

Luscious color, vibrant designs, joyful masterpieces - this exhibit is a treasure-trove for the senses! Art and nature come together in an explosion of beauty that will make your mouth water. Do not missing seeing Ellen’s work in person. On display and available for purchase will be framed and unframed prints, note cards, books, lined silk scarves and more.

Ellen Hoverkamp grew up in Milford and she returns to her hometown with an exhibit of her work using a flatbed scanner instead of a camera to create imagery combining plants and natural objects. Her work has been compared to Dutch Master painting and it explores the seasons, earth’s bounty and color in nature, with amazing rich detail. 

Sculpture, painting, mosaics, floral design, botanical illustration and systems of symbolism associated with natural objects and flowers, inform and inspire Ellen's work. Some of her images are allegorical narratives, others are meant as a group portraits or vignettes from nature and the day. She strives to bring attention and honor to the exquisite beauty of nature. 

Hear about Ellen's work in her own words:

"I have used the flatbed scanner as a camera since 1997, preferring the dramatic, detailed, three-dimensionality of objects scanned in high resolution. I usually bring samples of nature to my studio for imaging but occasionally set up my equipment on location to work "straight from the garden. Items may be propped, weighted or in need of being suspended to rest gently on the glass. Making several slow passes of the scanner at low resolution, I experiment with and build the image composition, making scanner software adjustments. It usually takes an hour or two for this phase of the process. Then using Photoshop, I work to adjust color, tone and sharpness, digitally retouching lint, haze and pollen from the image.”

Artist Story Sip-In: November 18th 11am $20 (includes light brunch by Backroom Bakery and mimosas) 

Join us for our first Artist Story Sip-In on Sunday, November 18th at 11am. Enjoy a beautiful Sunday brunch and hear Ellen Hoverkamp's story as she shares her exquisite work with us over mimosas and other breakfast treats. Tickets for Sunday Sip-In event are just $20. Includes an hour with Ellen Hoverkamp quiche, fruit, mimosas, and pastries by Backroom Bakery

Reception: November 15th 5:30-7pm

Take a breather right after work, school, or a busy day. Sip some wine, enjoy a spread of fruit and cheese, and be in community with friends before heading back to your busy life.

Can't make the reception? Then just pop into the Firehouse Gallery any time during gallery hours.