Today, art is a huge part of Mt. Laurel resident Marty Goldstein’s life.
But for a while, art was not the first thing on his mind.
“I stopped for 20 years,” Goldstein said. “I just started painting again about three or four years ago.”
Goldstein’s latest foray into the world of acrylic painting has led to his being featured in a gallery for the first time.
The Mt. Laurel Library will feature Goldstein’s work during January and February. A meet the artist reception will be held on Sunday, Jan. 11 from 3 to 4 p.m. at the library.
Goldstein’s journey to the Mt. Laurel Library show started about 30 years ago, when he began painting in his spare time.
“I always had a little bit of art talent,” he said. “I started painting in the 80s. At that time, it was mostly oils, still life, portraits, realistic kind of art.”
Sometime in the 90s, Goldstein decided to stop painting. He said the combination of a busy life at work and home didn’t allow time for art.
However, a few years ago, Goldstein retired and painting became part of his life again.
“I don’t have the pressures of work, and I’ve taken some classes,” Goldstein said.
When Goldstein began to paint again, he decided to make a switch from oil painting to acrylic. He also decided to focus on abstract art after taking a few classes.
“Most of it is abstract art,” Goldstein said. “One of the courses stimulated my mind to move into more abstract.”
Painting is not the only way Goldstein taps into his creative side. He is also a musician and plays in small shows around the community.
“In my teens, I learned to play the clarinet,” he said. “I gave it up because of work. Now, I’ve taken up the tenor saxophone, which is a similar instrument to the clarinet. Most recently, within the last two months, I’ve learned the electric guitar.”
Goldstein recognizes there is a connection between his love of painting and his love of music. He said a number of musicians are also accomplished artists. He feels his talent in the two fields complement each other.
“My music stimulates my artwork,” he said.
Goldstein is a frequent visitor at the library and thought it would be great to display his artwork there. The library thought it was a great idea as well.
“I asked them about displaying some of my work and they readily accepted,” he said.
Goldstein has participated in a number of art shows in the past, but this will be the first time he is a featured artist.
“This is my first one-man show,” he said. “I have displayed my art in many different venues and shows, which included many different artists.”
Goldstein is hoping his show at the library is only the start of bigger things for his art career.
“One of my hopes is that one day I can be in some gallery,” he said.
All Goldstein’s work displayed at the library is for sale. Those interested in purchasing the paintings or prints can contact Goldstein at (856) 778–1163 or firstname.lastname@example.org.