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Artist Deborah Goldman infuses a love of nature into her wood reliefs.
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eborah Goldman's artistry
— painted wood relief
with botanical imagery —
reaches back to her parents.
Goldman's mom and dad surrounded
their Massachusetts home with flowers
and took pleasure in the colors and fra-
grances. Indoors, the couple enjoyed
the cabinetry he created as a diversion
from working as a doctor.
Goldman, while celebrating those same
interests, branched out by shaping wood
with a jigsaw, building the pieces into lay-
ers and applying color. She immersed
herself in the texture and aroma of the
natural material and experimented with
various approaches to shading.
The artist goes through creative
cycles in her Pontiac studio/gallery,
and as each cycle is finished, she
opens her workshop to the public.
With 15 new pieces to exhibit in a
show called "Painted
Constructions," Goldman will
welcome visitors 5-9 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 18, and 1-5
p.m. Friday, Saturday and
Sunday, Sept. 19-21.
"I want to represent slices of
nature and show the layering of _
nature," says Goldman, 55, who
earned her bachelor's degree from
the University of Rochester in
Rochester, N.Y., enrolled in
additional classes at the
University of California in Santa
Barbara and completed her mas-
ter's degree credits at Cranbrook
Academy of Art.
"I want people to see a surface
and then look for what is beneath
it," she says. "The layers can provide
a metaphor for transition in time."
Showing her work as an individual
artist is only one way in which
Goldman offers her projects to the
public. She has been part of group
shows in Michigan and Florida,
where she spends the winter months.
Goldman has been juried into
"Our Town" exhibits at the
Community House in
Birmingham and the "Celebrate
Michigan Artists" at the Paint
Creek Center for the Arts in
In Key West, Fla., she has been rep-
resented in shows organized by the
Key West Art and Historical Museum,
Lucky Street Gallery and the Harrison
The group show "Nature" at the
Chautauqua Center for the Visual Arts
in Chautauqua, N.Y., also carried her
Traditional painting was never of
interest to Goldman, who found more
dynamic expression when she could
develop dimensions that went beyond a
flat surface. Although she came to
Cranbrook as a potter, she transitioned
to wood by making a sculpture of flow-
ers and moving on to window boxes of
"There is an ele-
ment of the accidental in pottery,"
Goldman says. "That happens after
the form is completed and the glazing
is applied. The exact color will not be
known until a piece has been fired.
"With the wood projects that I do,
the accidental also comes after the
form is completed as paint is
applied with spontaneity."
Goldman says one
of her most inter-
esting work direc-
tions has been
doing sukkot —
the but in which
Jews take their
meals during the
holiday of Sukkot
— on commis-
sion. She began
"I want people to see
a surface and then
look for what is
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