For most of those years, art has been a constant in Goldberg's life. She's a prolific pastel painter who has exhibited throughout the Bay Area and beyond, including showcases in Big Sky, Montana and Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Goldberg is set to show her "Land, Sea and Sky" work at the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center (85 Throckmorton) throughout September, with a wine reception on September 6 (6–8pm) as part of the Mill Valley Arts Commission's First Tuesday Artwalk. The monthly celebration of local art includes a host of venues, including the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Seager Gray Gallery, the Mill Valley Public Library, Dolls and Dandy Salon, Throckmorton Theatre, the Depot Bookstore & Café and City Hall. The Mill Valley Design District, with shops and galleries primarily centered around Miller and Locust avenues, including Poet and/the Bench, Kress Jack at Home and 7 on Locust, have also joined the Artwalk in September. Receptions at each venue are Tuesday from 6–8pm. Here’s the First Tuesday Artwalk Guide with venues and a map.
"I use the landscape as a point of departure," says Goldberg, who received her BFA from Cornell University was awarded a fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center. "From it, I attempt to distill what is mysterious, ephemeral and often dreamlike–nuances of fog, rain and quickly changing weather, or the play of dark form/mass against brilliant light. The experience of initially working on-site in these constantly changing conditions becomes an integral part of the piece."
Most recently, Goldberg has worked on both urban and rural night scenes. "Objects and images which by daylight seem incidental and commonplace become simplified and extraordinary at night under limited or artificial light," she says. "These result in compositions that speak as much about form and abstract shape as they do about atmosphere and essence.
Goldberg is steeped in the Marin art community, not only as a painter but, along with her friend Ellen Campbell, as co-owner of W.E. Install, an art installation business that hangs many of the exhibits at places like the Marin Center and the Marin Veteran's Memorial Auditorium.
Goldberg, who lives in Fairfax and has a studio in San Anselmo, says the work she's exhibiting in September will reveal her continued love for both the coast where she was born and raised the one she's called home for more than three decades, including landscapes from Northern California and New England.
"I continue to be inspired by the beauty of both coasts," she says.
The 411: Wendy Goldberg exhibits her "Land, Sea and Sky" work at the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center (85 Throckmorton) throughout September, with a wine reception on September 6 (6–8pm) as part of the Mill Valley Arts Commission's First Tuesday Artwalk. Here’s the First Tuesday Artwalk Guide with venues and a map.