The World of Martin Goldman & Harriet Greene

Why Marble?

That’s the most often asked question I get. I’ve tried most mediums and was never really fulfilled. Sculpting in marble creates a strong affinity for the earth which grounds and gives me a wonderful sense of achievement.

In 1968, a month after the birth of my third daughter, a girlfriend asked me to meet her for tea after her sculpture class. I arrived at the end of the session. Her instructor, world-famous Canadian sculptor, Stanley Lewis (technical advisor to Irving Stone on The Agony and the Ecstasy movie), introduced himself, took my hands in his and asked what I did.


He didn’t wait to hear, just handed me a hammer and chisel and showed me how to carve on a scrap piece of marble. He said I should be sculpting and asked me to show up for a few classes. Because I caught on so quickly, he sent me home to work by myself, furnishing me with table, tools and a few slabs of marble. I was desperate for a means that would allow me full expression of my feelings. I loved the stone.

With my hammer and chisel I can chop away at a piece of marble, alabaster, soapstone or onyx and create an image that pleases me and completes my creative urge. For my stonecut prints, I sketch my image onto a slab of marble, ink the surface, register a piece of paper, hand rub the surface and pull a print. My editions are no more then 50 prints. After the edition is done, the stone is sold as a sculpture.

harrietbook coverAlthough born & raised in Montreal, Quebec, I was drawn to the West in the late 70’s and moved into a log cabin in Jackson Hole Wyoming. My backyard was Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, the Wind Rivers, Absarokas and Gros Ventres. This was the beginning of many trips into the backcountry with my youngest daughter; the more remote, the more exciting! I fell in love with the wilderness, wildlife, wildflowers and the exciting experience of being in the high country. I am truly moved in a meadow of Indian Paintbrush, Mountain Bluebells, Lupine, etc. Eventually Marty and I opened an art gallery in Jackson. When we moved to Kelly, a tiny town inside Grand Teton National Park, the local buffalo herd tramped through our property along with moose, deer, coyote, elk and bear.

It was through the Jackson Hole Valley that the Bannock, Shoshone and Snake Indian tribes, traveled to their hunting grounds in Yellowstone. Being in such close proximity to Native American History spurred my interest in their plight and my “Oratory of Eight Great Chiefs” was born.

From living off-grid in the Canadian wilderness to Taos, New Mexico, we ended up in Ashland to be close to our new grandson.

 

Biography

  • studied etching at Montreal Museum of Fine Art, drawing & painting at  L’Ecole des Beaux Arts, 1965-1967 and stonecut printing with Canadian sculptor Stanley Lewis, 1968
  • numerous juried group exhibitions sponsored by City of Montreal, 1963-66
  • one-woman show at La Maison de La Sauvegarde, 1969
  • owned Stowe Gallery, Stowe, Vermont, 1973-75
  • part of a sculpture symposium group of seven headed by American sculptor Paul Aschenbach and completed two large (approx. 9 tons) marble sculptures in Danby and Stowe, Vermont, 1973-74
  • owned Backroads Gallery, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 1980-84
  • exhibited at the Woman’s Artists of the American West shows, Oregon and Pinedale, Wyoming (coyote stonecut print, second prize)
  • exhibit at Indigo Gallery, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 1991, 1992
  • one-woman show at Devonian Gardens, Calgary, Alberta, Canada 1999
  • exhibit, Pinedale Library, Wyoming
  • one-woman show at Art Divas Gallery, Taos, New Mexico, 2004
  • 4-artist wildlife show, Marigold Art Gallery, Canon Rd., Santa Fe, NM, 2005
  • juried show, N.M. Wilderness Alliance, Wildlands Art Exhibit, Albuquerque, NM 2006
  • International Museum, El Paso, TX
  • juried “Quick Draw” exhibit, TCA, Taos, NM 2006
  • Perspective 5 exhibit, 2008, Taos, NM
  • Farnsworth Gallery, Taos, NM
  • chosen for Pilar Visitor Center exhibit, 2010
  • Art in Town Hall exhibition, Taos, NM, 2010
  • works at her studio in Ashland, Oregon