Public Launch Gallery, 119 E Third Street Winona, MN
Edward Hoffman held his Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council grant awarded photography exhibition, La Gomera: The Island Lost in Time on September 13th, 2019 - November 13th, 2019 at Art of the Rural’s Public Launch Gallery in Winona. MN.
The exhibition featured color photographs from the island of La Gomera in the Spanish Canary Islands.
Hoffman has been traveling to La Gomera for months-long stays each of the past four winters, documenting his time on mountain trails, in abandoned settlement ruins, and at public festivals, as well as learning about the history and culture of the small island. The photography in this exhibition features images of these explorations and attempts to tell the story of a relatively remote and rural place who’s resilient population has felt the impact of mass emigration, modernization, fascism, and climate change over the past century.
Edward Hoffman is a Minnesota artist and entrepreneur. He founded Ed’s (no name) Bar, co-founded Boat House restaurant, and has served on the Winona Fine Arts Commission and Engage Winona boards. He has held numerous exhibitions of his paintings in both Seattle, WA and the Winona area over the past two decades. This is his first photography-exclusive show.
This exhibition is now available to be shown at other venues and galleries. If you are an interested curator, please contact Edward Hoffman at email@example.com
*This activity is made possible through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council in cooperation with a private foundation.
Located just 20 miles from the popular resort island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands of Spain, La Gomera feels like a different world.
From the mossy, thick, laurel forests of Garajonay National Park, to the rocky shores on the Atlantic Ocean, to the villages steeped in history and culture, La Gomera stands apart from the other islands in the Canaries.
Many come to find peace and relaxation, others to challenge themselves on the steep hiking trails. However, all who are able to spend some time here feel its healing power, breathe its clean air, and interact with the kind and engaging locals and expats who make up its eclectic and laid back population.
I am a visual artist, entrepreneur, and serial traveler based in Minnesota, USA. I work in pastels, oil and acrylic paint, photography, design, and food.
In today's polarized world we must find understanding for each other and appreciation for different cultures and places. Through travel we begin to see that we are a beautiful species on a beautiful planet. Through photography I hope to build bridges and offer insight into (not so) far off worlds.
La Gomera has in many ways become my second home. While based in the green valley of Hermigua, I have explored numerous nooks and crannies of this beautiful place, and have met the most wonderful people. I wish to share the images of these experiences with others who hope to visit the island.
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