TJAA Board Member Kim Goldberg's recent work on display

Eye in the Sky Exhibit at Beth-El, Fort Worth

Selections from the Texas Sky Series 

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On display now through April 30th at Beth-El Congregation in Fort Worth, TX. You're invited to an opening reception on the evening of March 6, 2015 after 8 pm services. 

Kim Goldberg’s Photo-Images of the Texas Sky

By Hollace Weiner

When multimedia artist Kim Goldberg moved to Fort Worth in the summer of 2013, the Texas sky captivated her. She began taking photos of cloud formations, hundreds of pictures, then arranging the images, often in mirror-like fashion. Next, she enlarged and printed her big-sky compositions – sometimes adding words, often letting them speak for themselves.   

Goldberg’s Texas cloudscapes will be on display on the walls of the Temple Boardroom throughout March and April, with an opening reception March 6, following Friday evening services.

Goldberg’s firmament series is something viewers should easily relate to, if not get lost in.

“I’m fascinated by the clouds here,” said the artist, who was born in Kansas City, Mo., raised in Denver, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute. “Every time I walk outside, it’s a new sky. There’s something I’m just drawn to. Depicting something we cannot feel or touch conveys an expansive, spiritual, and meditative feeling.” 

Goldberg’s sky pictures are unframed. “Frames don’t work with this series,” she explained. “These pieces are about that expansion you feel looking up at the sky. I think if you block off the picture and encapsulate it in a frame, it suffocates it visually.” 

Goldberg moved to Fort Worth from Omaha with her daughter, Lily, and her husband, Bob, director of the Fort Worth & Tarrant County Jewish Federation. She heads an art and design firm, with clients from Ann Taylor Stores to Wells Fargo and the Institute for Holocaust Education. She has already volunteered her design talents to the Jewish community, with eye-catching logos for next month’s “8 over 80” Temple fundraiser and last year’s Twin Cantors Concert at Ahavath Sholom.  

Recently, she designed the website for the Texas Jewish Arts Association, a two-year-old group of which she is a board member. The association’s website includes artist profiles with links to their websites. Beside visual artists, membership in the TJAA is open to patrons, collectors, and those involved in the performing arts, literature, art therapy, and art education.

Goldberg’s art has been part of two TJAA exhibits – one at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center and a juried show at the Dallas Jewish Community Center. Throughout her career, she has had gallery shows in San Francisco, Omaha and Israel. In 2013, seventy of her paintings were exhibited at Haifa’s Rappaport Performing Arts Center. She is a five-time artist-in-residence in the Western Galilee and will be returning for the sixth-time this coming May.

The exhibit in the Temple Boardroom is the third in a series of displays featuring local Jewish artists. The Beth-El Art Committee, headed by Elaine and Jim Stanton, plans to showcase individual artists throughout the year.