Overland Gallery Exhibit
Erik Hoff is a Mexican-American artist who was born and raised in the Midwest and continues to be firmly rooted there. He paints with acrylic, oil, and oil stick on salvaged materials that he sources from local craftsmen and thrift stores. His influences are varied but his own experience managing mental illness has contributed much to his work.He began his career working with an illustrator and screen-printer and has gone on to work under painters, sculptors and installation artists based in the Chicagoland area. In 2011, he earned his BFA in Fashion Design from Columbia College Chicago, garnering a set of his skills he continues to apply in his work. After graduation, he spent several years working with an artist collective at the Starline Gallery in Harvard, Illinois. There, he participated in and hosted exhibitions, and helped solidify the arts in that community.The year 2015, marked a new chapter for Erik when he decided to start independently selling at artist markets in Chicago, like the Randolph Street Market. In Chicago he found an audience that his work resonated with, particularly among interior designers. A strong online presence, allows him to sell his work across the nation and worldwide. This has become his primary way of sharing his work since the Covid-19 pandemic began. While he misses being able to connect with his audience in person, it still brings him a great deal of joy being able to share his work through Instagram and Etsy. Erik’s work continues to evolve and distinguish itself, keeping his paintings in high demand.
Betsy Melchers’ sculptures focus on process and flow. Her works are created from recycled cardboard tubes. The outcome of each piece is defined by the repetition of movement, allowing the materials to flex and evolve with the natural curves of the cardboard. Betsy received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Hope College and has exhibited her work across North America, Europe, and Asia. She works out of her studio in the Cornelia Arts Building in Roscoe Village.