"LAUNCHED"         Artist, Marsha Klein with her painting, "Dreamers #9 Unveiling"                 Photograph by CM ILLGEN 2018

"LAUNCHED" Artist, Marsha Klein with her painting, "Dreamers #9 Unveiling" Photograph by CM ILLGEN 2018

About

ARTIST STATEMENT

Mystery, Symbol, Dream, Raw Vision, Soul Food
    Art contains me as sanctuary and vehicle, providing the opportunity to develop an expressive visual language of my life's experience. Using the body as metaphor to address the human psyche, my work is rich in content with strong archetypal and biomorphic images. As a conduit for the collective unconscious, I integrate mythological references into my personal imagery. Although my initiating impetus is often rooted in the personal, the completed works speak to the universal, reflecting larger concerns with the soul of humanity and our severely impacted natural environment.
    Usually working in series, each piece captures a still moment in an unfolding progression. Recording a waking dream, I proceed intuitively. My raw approach presents an unexpected juxtaposition of images. Exploring seeming dualities of containment/expansion, layered/unveiling, hidden/visible, rooted/transcendent,  I play on the unexpected, exquisite edge of darkness and light.

BIO

Marsha Klein's art is full of energy and the raw vision of a waking dream. Klein’s art career has spanned nearly fifty years creating bold, expressive oil paintings and organic ceramic sculpture. Her passion for art began as a teenager when she discovered the art museums of her native New York City. Klein majored in art and art history at Brooklyn College and University of California, Berkeley, where she studied drawing with R.B. Kitaj and ceramics with Peter Voulkos and Ron Nagle at the peak of the Bay Area Figurative Movement, receiving her B.A. in 1968. In her early sculpture, she responded literally to the emphasis on bodies in connection to nature. After twenty years spent focusing on sculpture, in 1989, she returned to painting, using the body as metaphor to address the human psyche. Klein’s work has been exhibited nationally, in galleries and museums. She lives and works in the San Francisco Bay area.

CV

MARSHA KLEIN Painting Ceramic Sculpture
1290 Grove St. studio #7 Sonoma, CA. 95476
(707) 935-1207 www.marshaklein.com studio@marshaklein.com

EDUCATION
1995 San Francisco Art Institute CA, advanced painting workshop 1968 B. A. Art/ Art History, University of California, Berkeley ceramics: Peter Voulkos, Ron Nagle, Jim Melchert drawing: R.B. Kitaj
1967 New School for Social Research, NYC 1963 Brooklyn College, NYC

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018 Sonoma Regional Library, Sonoma CA
2013 Abandoned Art - an Unexpected Performance Piece: San Francisco: MOMA, Yerba Buena Ctr. for the Arts, Legion of Honor. Napa-Sonoma: diRosa, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art 2012 Gallery 212 Sonoma Community Center, Sonoma CA 2008 McCree Goudeau Gallery, Vallejo CA
1992 Jung Institute, San Francisco CA
1989 Elizabeth Fortner Gallery, Santa Barbara CA 1984 Matrix Gallery, Sacramento CA
1976 Transamerica Pyramid Bldg. San Francisco CA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2011 Pacific Art League, Palo Alto CA
2010 Gallery 212, Sonoma Community Center, Sonoma CA 2008 McCree Goudeau Gallery, Vallejo CA
2002 Sunset Idea House, Palo Alto CA, Copia, Napa CA California Design, curator: Kenneth Trapp, Smithsonian Museum 2001 Denise Bibro Gallery, New York, NY
2000 Sustainability Show, San Francisco CA
1995 Long Beach Art Center, CA, curator: Henry Hopkins Foundation Napoleon, Paris FRANCE
1994 Art & Action Project, Los Angeles CA 1989 Pinch Pottery, Northampton, Mass.
1983 San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art CA

MUSEUM GROUP SHOWS
2003 Wet Paint, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art 1992 Newport Harbor Art Museum, CA
1988 Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles CA 1973 California Clay & Glass, Oakland Museum, CA

1976-2003 CERAMICS REPRESENTED BY:
Virginia Breier, San Francisco CA Pieces, Chicago, ILL. Running Ridge Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Fast Forward, New York, NY Elaine Potter Gallery, San Francisco CA Incorporated Gallery, New York, NY American Craft Council Shows: San Francisco, CA, Baltimore, MD Sherwood Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA Meyer, Breier, Weiss, San Francisco CA Collector’s Gallery, Oakland Museum, CA

AWARDS / RESIDENCIES Artist-in-Residence - fellowship
2011 Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY Artist-in-the Schools
2003 Sonoma Valley Education Foundation Grant 2000 Sonoma Valley Education Foundation Grant 1991 Sonoma County Community Foundation Grant 1984 California Arts Council Grant
Awards
1983 Marin Society of Artists, jurors’ award/first place, San Jose Art League, jurors’ award/first place 1976 Atrium, Santa Rosa Jr. College, jurors’ award 1973 Sacramento Festival of the Arts, jurors’ award

COMMISSIONS
Public 2014 Community Mural: Plein Air Grant-Sassarini School, Sonoma
2013 Community Mural: Plein Air Grant-Sassarini School, Sonoma 2010 Mahoney Memorial Garden, Sonoma CA
2008 Community Mural: Sylveira School, San Rafael CA
2007 Community Mural: Sylveira School, San Rafael CA
2005 Community Mural: Plein Air Grant-Sassarini School, Sonoma, Napa Valley Wine Auction, ceramics 2004 Community Mural: Plein Air Grant-Sassarini School, Sonoma
2003 Exploratorium, San Francisco CA, ceramics
Private:
2006 Leavitt House, tile mural
1994 Eastside Oyster Bar, Sonoma CA, tile mural
1992 A. Weinberger House, tile fireplace
1985 Knipschild House, site specific sculpture in Progressive Architecture Magazine 1983 J. Weinberger House, tile murals
1979 Freeman house, tile fireplace

SELECTED COLLECTORS
Martin & Sharleen Cohen, Los Angeles CA Tom & Jody Tomc, Chicago ILL
Ron & Linda Colnett, San Francisco CA Julie Atwood, Glen Ellen CA
Linda Sullivan, Encino CA
Mel & Gae Shulman, San Francsco, CA Rather-Taylor, Sonoma CA Bellah-Reynolds, Graton CA Trevino-Winston, Sonoma CA

PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS:
Teaching:
1978- 2009 Artist in the Schools & Community, Sonoma & San Rafael CA 2008 Sonoma Community Center, CA 2003 Copia, Napa CA

Arts Coordinator:
2008 Sonoma Community Center, CA 2003 Copia, Napa CA
2000 Presidio, San Francisco CA