We are saddened to announce the passing of Harvey Offenhartz, of West Cornwall, Connecticut, who died on June 24, 2022. Born in Brooklyn, NY, on Sept 13, 1933, Harvey was the son of Anna and Hy Offenhartz and brother to the late Edward Offenhartz and the late Mitchell Offenhartz.
Harvey was an accomplished artist, Air Force Veteran, business owner, author, handball player, book lover, Motown aficionado, proud attendee at grandkid’s birthday parties, ball games, dance recitals, and so much more.
He found his greatest happiness living and working in his art studio in the mountains of West Cornwall, CT and he exhibited regularly throughout Litchﬁeld County.
His passion for art began at Brooklyn College. After graduating in 1954, he served as a Lieutenant in the US Air Force, Strategic Air Command, 7th Bomb Wing, Carswell Air Force Base, Fort Worth, Texas. Back in Brooklyn, he began his visual communications career at Helena Rubinstein in 1960, where he soon became an art director. In the years that followed, he founded his own advertising design studio and published a book, “Point of Purchase Design,” while also finding time to pursue his love of painting. He had one man shows at the Aegis Gallery in New York City, a gallery known for exhibiting some of the foremost Abstract Expressionists of the day.
Harvey’s life as a full-time artist began in 1984, after moving to Cornwall, Connecticut. He has exhibited regularly in solo and group exhibitions throughout Litchﬁeld County, was a founding member of Artwell Gallery in Torrington and a member of the Exhibition Committee of the Marie Louise Trichet Gallery at Wisdom House.
Harvey took much pride and joy from friends and his family including: his children, Lynn Offenhartz & Andrew Weinberg, and James Offenhartz & Joanne Cocuzza-Offenhartz; his grandchildren, Rachel, Jason, Jesse and Jake; his loving partner Barbara Kalin and his late brothers and their families.
A service will be held at on Monday, June 27, 2022, at 1 PM, at the Thomas M. Gallagher Funeral Home, 104 Myrtle Ave., Stamford, CT. The family will welcome visitors at home, 478 Grace Church St., Port Chester, NY, immediately following the funeral. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Southern Poverty Law Center or Cornwall (CT) Volunteer Fire Dept.
Arrangements are under the direction of Thomas M. Gallagher Funeral Home (203)-359-9999. For more information, please visit www.gallagherfuneralhome.com