An upcoming watercolor painting exhibit at the Hillsboro Civic Center invites viewers to imagine "fantastical" stories in real-world settings, according to the artist.
The exhibit, called "Moments of Tranquility," by Katelyn Goldstein, will be on display from July 5 through Aug. 27 in the Shirley Huffman Auditorium Gallery.
Keeping with a theme of exhibits shown at the city's galleries during the pandemic, Goldstein's paintings show her momentary gazes into the world, Hillsboro cultural arts division officials said in announcing the exhibit.
They depict "fragile elements and lonely structures," presenting a "personal glimpse into the admiration and ability to withstand time," Hillsboro officials said.
One of her paintings at the civic center exhibit, "Stiltsville Orange," shows a group of wooden houses on cement pillars off Biscayne Bay in Miami, Florida.
"Goldstein documented isolated scenes and lonely structures with personal realism and whimsy," Hillsboro officials said. "She denotes tenacity and resilience of these little treasures. No matter if it is historic homes on the bay, isolated structures in the vast desert or farm views during quarantine, each moment is special and captures fragility and strength in ever-changing situations."
Goldstein grew up with a compromised immune system, allowing her to hone her skills portraying her surroundings because "she could not physically participate in many youthful activities," Hillsboro officials said.
"Fortunately, she had talented art teachers who guided her technique and helped her develop a style," they said. "Today, the same little moments keep her interest as she gazes at her surroundings and begins to tell visual stories."
Goldstein says it's a privilege when she can explore nature and she tries to make the most of it.
"I enjoy painting real-world settings that when rendered in my style, spark viewers to imagine a fantastical story," she said.
In addition to her paintings, Goldstein is digital and multi-media artist, creating notable short films such as "Endless Cycle," a 360-degree animation created in association with Univision.
She currently works at LAIKA Studios.
"I create watercolors because the transparent media is calm and fluid which plays nicely with the subject of water," Goldstein said. "And it forces me to be a little more forgiving of myself when I make mistakes. When I am at a location, I enjoy taking a moment to sit and reflect, translating feelings of beauty and isolation to communicate my view of the world. Through my paintings, I share the beauty of the details I see."
The civic center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Masks are required in the building.
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