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Sandra Golbert

Caribiana: Tropical sights and colors

Exhibit: March 28 – May 13, 2012
Artists’ Talk & Reception: Wednesday, April 4, 11:30 am – 1 pm

The Hess Gallery at Pine Manor College
400 Heath Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Phone: (617) 731-7157 |

Mon.-Thurs. 8:30 am-10 pm; Fri. 8:30 am-5 pm; Sat., Sun. 12-5 pm
Holiday hours: Follow library hours.

The colors, shapes, and textures of the Caribbean are the inspiration for Sandra Golbert’s sculptures and collages on view in the upcoming exhibit Caribiana: tropical sights and colors at the Hess Gallery of Pine Manor College from March 28 through May 13. Golbert will speak about her work at the artist’s reception and gallery talk on Wednesday April 4 from 11:30 am – 1 pm. Both events are free and open to the public.

Golbert’s art includes textile wall hangings, collages, and constructions of handmade paper, hand-dyed silks, and intricate embroidery. Straddling the line between fine art and fine craft, her vision celebrates the shimmering light and abundant life of the Caribbean. In bold designs, Golbert’s improvisations on the forms, colors, and textures of sea creatures and landscapes are sometimes abstract, and sometimes recognizable images; their sizes range from the intimacy of table top pieces to the grand scale of hotel lobby installations. Golbert’s work is fashioned with appealing skill, and her use of the rhythms and colors intrinsic to her subjects offers fresh interpretations infused with playfulness and a joyous vision.

Golbert was born in Puerto Rico, and as a young woman embarked on a career in fashion design. In 1959, her designs appeared in Vogue magazine. Over time her focus shifted from clothing design to creating intricately embroidered wall hangings and sculptures. Since the 1970s, Golbert has shown her work in solo and group exhibitions in the United States and the Caribbean at such venues as Marblehead Arts, Marblehead, MA, 2010, the William Hopper House, Nyack, NY, 2007, the Phoenix Gallery, NYC, 2006, the Bergen Museum, Bergen, NJ, 2004, the American Craft Museum, NYC, 1998, and the Curacao Museum, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, 1974. Golbert has been the recipient of residencies at the Weir Farm Trust in 2000, and the Millay Colony for the Arts in 1993. Her work has been published in Fiberarts magazine, Surface Design Journal, and Origen magazine. Major commissions have included La Concha Hotel, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Swissotel, Chicago, IL, and the Condado Plaza Hotel, San Juan Puerto Rico. Golbert’s work is held in many private and corporate collections.

Founded in 1911, Pine Manor College is a four-year liberal arts college, preparing women for lives of inclusive leadership and social responsibility in their workplaces, families and communities. The Hess Gallery is housed in the Annenberg Library at Pine Manor College. Its focus is contemporary New England artists. Events are free and open to the public. For events celebrating Pine Manor College’s centennial anniversary, please go to

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