"The Watcher" Paintings by Barb Goldberg Opening July 19, Closing August 16, 2019

The Walter Art Gallery is pleased to present an exhibit of paintings by Barb Goldberg. The show is titled “The Watcher” in a nod to a Buddhist teaching. Goldberg says, “We are all the energy that watches, regardless of what is happening around us. When we watch as a third party, we cannot get caught up in it in a negative way.” We all have plans for our lives, but those plans must necessarily evolve with circumstances. Goldberg notes: “When I face the canvas, I know exactly where the journey will start. Although my plan is clear from the beginning, I always end up in a different place: just like our lives. There is always turmoil or movement in my artwork, and the colors are mixed in a way that they can never be reproduced.”

Goldberg’s art reflects her love of color and minimalistic abstraction. After a career in corporate America, Barb decided to dive into her love of art full time.  She paints in acrylic as well as multi-media elements.  Each piece can take months to produce as they have thick textures and multiple layers. 

Goldberg’s paintings have been shown at MonOrchid Gallery, The Walter Art Gallery, Mayo Hospital, Xanadu Gallery, Herberger Theater, PopHealth Corporation, Roche Tissue Diagnostics Gallery and the Shemer Art Gallery in Phoenix, Tucson and Scottsdale. Her pieces have been purchased by corporations and private collectors. She has had several one-woman shows at the Arizona State Downtown Library, JCC Art Gallery as well as the Pita Jungle Restaurant Company. Goldberg was selected by famed artist, Ed Mell, as one of the top artists at the Scottsdale Community College Annual Art Show. Her other awards include 2017 and 2018 Vortex Award, Scottsdale, Arizona; Best of Artist SCC 2015, 2017, 2018; Artists of Promise Award 2015, 2017 and 2018; Best Student Work, Shemer Art Gallery.

“The Watcher” will be on display from July 19 to August 16, 2019.

"Pi: Modern/Primitive" Artworks by Robert Farthing

Artist and photographer Robert Farthing is inspired by circles and the mysterious sacred geometric codes embedded in the equation of Pi.  His photos, sculptures and original paintings develop with an eye to the qualities of Pi as a constant, random, infinite, irrational, and transcendental number.  These qualities are the intention inspiring each piece and inviting the viewer to look deeper. “Pi: Modern/Primitive” explores the ancient shamanic practice of divination, asking the question “what do you see” and examining the nature of spirit created between observer and art.  

With a nod to the ancestral seer who reads tea leaves, Farthing’s eclectic collection of mixed-media pieces all started with coffee and used coffee filters. Several years ago, after a long trip away, he discovered an old coffee filter left behind in a coffee maker.  The dried was imbued with rippling stains and an unmistakable earthy ephemeral spirit.  The rabbit hole opened and Farthing dove head first into a journey that led him to create art that is intentional and sometimes sacred, while still maintaining the playfulness and whimsy inherent in creating art from coffee filters. 

“Pi: Modern/Primitive is Farthing’s first gallery showing and a natural evolutionary step in his 18-year path studying and practicing shamanism.  Recognizing that art can evoke emotion and inspire creativity, even healing, he presents an immersive, interactive environment that encourages the viewer to physically engage with certain pieces or to simply ask a question while gazing through the portal-like shapes of earthy textures and vibrant colors in search of the answer they seek.