Artist Julie Goldstein Returns Home From West Coast to Showcase Traveling Exhibit

Jul 25, 2018
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Julie Goldstein, a Long Beach Island-bred artist turned Californian, returns to Surf City Aug. 3 with her traveling exhibit, “The Songs They Sang.” The series will be making one last, 10-day stop at the Ann Coen Gallery before making its way to Japan.

The traveling exhibit, which is Goldstein’s first, was inspired by the Ama divers from Japan. Literally meaning “Women of the Sea,” the Ama used to dive deep into the Pacific in search of pearls, seaweed and shellfish.

“I was particularly inspired by their story not only because they are so connected to the sea, but also for their respect for each other, their ability to work and raise families, and lastly for their friendships that lasted a lifetime,” she said.

For Goldstein, this collection of works is deeply personal, as it reflects and explores her own values and beliefs. “This series digs deep into my thoughts on motherhood, marriage and camaraderie amongst women. The pieces remind me so much of my life as well as my relationships with the women in my life who I consider my tribe.”

She’s chosen to portray the women both individually and as a whole, to symbolize their strength in balancing both home- and work-life responsibilities. “The title is about their ability to sing together through the toughest of times with grace, dignity and a sense of humor.”

“The Songs They Sang” series features printed posters and hand-printed woodcuts, Goldstein’s medium of choice ever since formally learning the process in college. The procedure is a complex, multi-step method involving sketching, tracing, staining, carving and rolling. The last step requires her to press paper onto carved, inked wood to create an original print. “Each piece is considered an original. They always vary in textures and colors. I often apply additional watercolor, fabric and writing to the final pieces. I love everything about the process!”

Ann Coen, a locally based photographer who will host the exhibit and opening reception at her gallery, said, “Julie’s work fosters an aesthetic that seamlessly mends color, texture and content. It is no wonder that she has such an amazing following of collectors and clients on Long Beach Island.”

After Goldstein exhibits her work in Tokyo, she plans on traveling to the Shima Peninsula in Japan, where she hopes to meet the divers and expand her research. She is currently chipping away at a documentary and book, each spanning her last five bodies of work.

On returning home for one of the last stops of her traveling exhibit, Goldstein said, “I consider this Island my home and will always exhibit here. I have so much support here and so grateful that Ann opens her space up to me. We work so well together. I really look forward to sharing this work with my community!”

The exhibit will last from Aug. 3 until Aug. 13. The opening reception, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Aug. 3, features live music, light refreshments and beverages. For more information regarding Goldstein’s exhibit at the Ann Coen Gallery, visit her Facebook page at swmwithme.

— Sarah Hodgson

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