Five events in four countries, culminating in a retrospective in Spain, highlight the career of the artist who works in both California and Mallorca.
The year 2005 is proving to be an especially active one for artist Betty Gold, who maintains studios in Venice, California, and Palma de Mallorca, Spain. A total of five exhibitions are either ongoing or in the planning stage.
The largest of the projects will open in late September at the Casal Solleric Museum in Palma. Titled "Betty Gold—35 Years of Sculpture" the retrospective will include originals of her work dating from 1970. It will fill ten rooms of the historic castle that is now one of the most important centers of contemporary art in the world. The exhibition will continue through November.
Two other international shows on Ms. Gold’s calendar are the U.S. Embassy Invitational in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico and the Biennale in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The former, "Hermandades Escultorica—Mexico-EUA" celebrates the cultural ties between Mexico and the U.S. while the latter is the fourth invitational Biennale "Sculpture Project" sponsored by the Canadian government. The Mexican event opened in March while the exhibition in Canada opens in September.
Two American exhibitions round out her busy schedule. The first will be at the University of California Art Museum in Santa Barbara in July and August. Second is the solo show at The Buschlenmowatt Gallery in Palm Desert, California from November through January, 2006. "Betty Gold Holistic Abstractions" in Santa Barbara will feature silk screens and sculptures. The Palm Desert event will be a titled "Betty Gold Sculpture."
Betty Gold, a professional sculptor has works in more than 100 permanent installations and private collections throughout the world. All of her outdoor pieces are constructed from welded steel. Some are painted with glossy enamel and others are left in their raw steel state to rust to a velvety patina. Indoor pieces are created from bronze and wood as well as the welded steel.
Ms. Gold’s prolific creative efforts include painting, drawing, silk screening, tapestry, and jewelry design, but sculpture remains her primary interest. She began her work in Texas and Colorado in the 1960s, relocating to Southern California in 1977. She started to work part-time in Mallorca, Spain in 1999.