Dagmar Hollmers

   

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A native of Germany, I showed an early interest in drawing and painting, which was very much encouraged by my parents.  I was very fortunate to be surrounded by art, music, literature and early exposure to Theater, Concerts and trips to Museums.

I received my formal art education at the "School of Art and Design" in Offenbach, Germany, majoring in illustration and Graphic Design.

Marriage brought me to New York, where I continued my studies at 'F.I.T.' School of Visual Arts and Parson's School of Design. 

I worked for many years as a Fashion Illustrator, Textile Designer, running the Framing Department of an art store  on Long Island and being eventually promoted to Gallery Director, in charge of Art and Framing of the 'Now and Then Gallery' .   Unfortunately, after one year of managing the Gallery, the owner passed away unexpectedly and the gallery had to close. 

These were very good years in New York, interesting, stimulating, and opening my eyes to the cultural riches that this vibrant city offered.  Art was always my passion and I continued taking classes, exploring new techniques, and enriching my life.  I still hear my father saying to me before I left for this big adventure which was America: Always do your art, no matter how busy your life is.  This is you, this is your identity, never forget this!  Very wise words....

Now I make my home with my husband here in South Florida.  Our son still lives in New York.  It's a new chapter in our lives.  We fell in love with the light, colors, and the incredible vegetation of South Florida, though we do miss the mountains.  After settling in, I was ready to get back to my art and I started taking  classes at the Coral Springs Center of the Arts.   I explored the technique of mixed media and collage, using all kinds of innovative materials.  This set me on a new, exiting path of discovery and experimentation, which kept me deeply involved.  I then joined the Boca Raton Artists Guild, served for years on their board, entering many shows locally, nationally, and internationally, receiving numerous awards.

My work has been seen among other venues, at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the Lurie Gallery at the Gallery Center in Boca Raton, the Nathan D. Rosen Gallery, the Amory Art Center, and also in Arizona, New York, Pennsylvania, New Zealand, Mexico, and France.

It was very gratifying to see many of my paintings find a new home.  People that responded to my work seemed to share a similar sensibility.

These years here in Florida have given me the time and focus to find my own voice and to welcome the exchange and input of so many creative and talented, like-minded people, many who have become dear friends.

Now I have been given this opportunity to show a body of my work in this beautiful Museum, where the seeds for my mixed media work was planted about 10 years ago.


 

 

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