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Painter and printmaker Berta Golahny art exhibition at Foxdale Community Art Gallery

Art Exhibition: Foxdale Community Art Gallery, State College, Pennsylvania

January 13 – March 12, 2013 - Opening reception Sunday January 13, 2013, 3.30-5 pm

Daily 9 – 5; Sunday noon – 5 pm

Painter and printmaker Berta Golahny art exhibition at Foxdale Community Art Gallery

The painter and printmaker Berta Golahny (Detroit 1925-Newton 2005) created images

in response to the human condition, and expressive of tragedy, joy, and wonder. This selection

of paintings and prints includes works from 1950 to 1995. Many of the works belong to series,

often developed over decades: Children at the Fair; Landscape of Man; Psalms; Genesis; and

Cosmos. Consistently these works investigate the place of humanity in the earthly and cosmic


Born in Detroit, Golahny attended the prestigious Cass Technical High School, a

training ground for artists as well as engineers. She studied at the Art Students League in New

York City, The Art Institute of Chicago (B.F.A.) and the University of Iowa (M.F.A.). She

received many awards, including fellowships from the Tiffany Foundation and the Massachusetts

Council on the Arts, and exhibited nationally and internationally. After moving to the Boston

suburb of Newton, she taught at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 1959-2001, where

her classes were filled by dedicated students who considered painting their avocation and

attended year after year.

Golahny’s early work approaches abstract expressionism in its heavy application of

paint in loose strokes. Her later work, after 1968, differs radically, as she undertook experiments

in two media that involved sharply delineated forms and colorful palette. She took this direction

from the meticulous craft of wood engraving, which she began in 1968, and the unforgiving

technique of watercolor, which she used in pure pigments straight from the tubes. The exhibition

presents over 30 works, early and late paintings and prints. The range of printmaking techniques

is also presented: intaglio, copper engraving, wood engraving and woodcut.

Please refer to the web site for more information on the artist and her works:

Contact: Amy Golahny: [email protected]



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