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Joan Elena Goldberg’s Retrospective: 1981 to the Present

By Annie Evans

Joan Elena Goldberg, a long-time resident artist of San Miguel de Allende, presents a retrospective of her 35-year art career, “Retrospective: 1981–Present.”

Joan Elena Goldberg’s Retrospective
Sat, Feb 20, and Sun, Feb 21, 11am5pm
Estudio Local #37
Refugio Sur 37

The show includes work from her art beginnings in California, pieces created in Seattle, WA, and sculpture from a one-year sojourn at The Art Students League in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Also included will be work from her graduate study at the Instituto Allende and from her subsequent career here in San Miguel as a ceramist and teacher. This eclectic exhibition will feature pastel drawings, mixed-media paintings, and ceramic sculpture. The show will be at Estudio Local #37, Refugio Sur 37, during the San Antonio Open Studios, February 20 and 21, 11am–5pm.

Joan Elena has had solo exhibitions in the United States and Mexico and has participated in many juried exhibitions in the US, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Her work is in art collections in all three countries, and she has done commissions in each. She was a professor of ceramics at the Instituto and continues to teach private classes in San Miguel for children and adults.


She has a BFA from the Cornish Institute of the Arts in Seattle and an MFA from the Instituto Allende. Prior to her move to San Miguel in 2000 to become a full-time artist, she worked in art marketing, conservation picture framing, gallery management, and nonprofit fundraising.

Joan Elena is currently creating a small arts center in Colonia San Antonio, called Estudio Local #37, located at Refugio Sur 37. It will have two live/work spaces for visiting artists, musicians, performers, and for healers needing workshop or residential space. Estudio Local #37 will also include a gallery and a two-story retail/office space next door to Lavinia’s Frame Shop.

Finally, as a counterpoint to her art, Joan Elena is a member of the five-piece band The High Desert Rangers, which performs all varieties of American-based folk music, with a particular emphasis on social justice themes.


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