Yin and Yang of painting (got it feel it in your body)!

This summer, I had the great fortune to travel to some beautiful places in BC and facilitate Painting workshops with amazing and inspiring participants. It was a transformative time for all. The weather was stellar and the participants blew me away with their willingness to push their boundaries and explore new creative territories.

Below are a few photos that capture the essence of the workshops and locations.
Hollyhock on Cortes Island
‘Painting Beyond the Ordinary’ 2017

Demo on the beach

Bioluminesence evening kayak paddle to inspire the senses

Outdoor studio .. amazing space to work in

My people!

6:00 am morning paddle , singing, storytelling…
Whistler : Into Abstraction

Gorgeous women in a equally beautiful environment

Getting the paint on the canvas!

Going beyond the brush
Vancouver:Plein Air in the City

A day at Trout Lake;  nature in an urban city neighbourhood

Crab Park, urban, gritty and dynamic. What a great location for inspiration!

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PLEIN AIR in the CITY: Chasing Beauty Spots


Learn and improve how to paint outdoors. Develop your skills in correct observation, painting quickly, color tonality, paint and brushstroke application.
I will be guiding you step by step from drawing to finish painting  all in one session.(Alla Prima: direct painting, wet in wet)
Back in the studio I will show you how to take your field studies and develop them further.
Day 1: Emphasis on color theory
Day 2: Emphasis on composition
Day 3: Emphasis on brushstroke and paint application

August 18,19, 20
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
$125.00 daily
$325.00 for 3 days

*material list available once you register

Locations: Artist studio
2063 Grant Street ( near 1st & Commercial Dr.)
Outdoor locations: to be announced

All levels welcome
All mediums welcome
( I will be doing demos in Open Acrylics)

Limited space

To register and for more info:

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CURRENT EXHBITION: ‘Making Love in a Canoe’ from Feb 9th to Feb. 25th





OutReach digital photo and acrylic paint on canvas 24″ x 18″ varied edition 1/4



Making Love in a Canoe


Canoes occupy an honoured and iconic place in the Canadian cultural imagination, and their depictions evoke, variously, the fabled workboats of indigenous and colonial histories and their sleek, modern-day descendants, used purely for recreational purposes. Lori Goldberg’s canoe paintings reference some of these functions, but more directly they depict canoes as animated objects: spirits, almost, with an animus and life of their own, sometimes at one with their paddlers, sometimes independent of them, but always connecting to their surroundings, whether representative forests or dream-like, other-worldly realms. Her canoes are both commonplace and mysterious, familiar yet free-floating in the imagination. And in that respect they are true to an art practice of some 35 years, and specifically incorporate aspects of Goldberg’s belief in animism, encountered on multiple trips to Bali, where the Hindu Balinese hold that all objects are possessed of a life force. The parallels between these beliefs and those of some North American First Nations are alluded to, but not literal. Her canoes are also conventional metaphors: of exploration and discovery; journeys geographic and spiritual; and vessels for the voyage through life.


As in many works in the series, there is only one paddler in Winter’s Paddle, heading off into the mist. The setting and the destination are unknown, suggesting an atmosphere more than a narrative, and evoking the experience of European explorers setting off into uncharted lands. And in several paintings, a canoe floats empty, as in Spring Melt, offering an invitation to climb aboard and become part of the journey.


Many of the painterly qualities Goldberg incorporates enhance the mystique of the canoe and emphasize its image as an archetype. Inspired by bokeh, a Japanese photographic term referring to a grainy, soft background against a sharply focussed image, the artist sometimes plays with pastel-coloured orbs that engulf the paddler, as in Spirit Canoe. In Homage, the gold paint of the birch-bark and the interference acrylics in the sky create an especially rich surface; the materials respect and honour the canoe’s indigenous origins. By contrast, Outreach, a painted digital photograph printed on canvas, brings the viewer back to the urban environment. Making a trio with Portage and Into the Grasslands, it re-contextualizes the painted canoe in unexpected ways.


The exhibition title refers to Canadian historian Pierre Berton’s tongue-in-cheek definition of a Canadian as “someone who knows how to make love in a canoe without tipping it over.” Goldberg makes her own kind of love in the canoe, infusing her paintings with an animated and painterly expression, employing variety, animus, and constantly shifting contexts to upend conventional notions of this highly iconic Canadian symbol.



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Lori Goldberg

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AK Artist Residency NYC, Governors Island Sept 2016

This September I spent the month in NYC. I participated in an Artist Residency. I created a Public art project titled ‘ONENESS’ Lost Sock Project. It was a collaborative project to celebrate our diversity and to create connections. Here are some photos that capture the experience.


isited Tailors in the Lower East Side and they gave me fabric scraps to use to stuff the lost socks.

ocks collected at Laundromats throughout the Lower East Side


Residency on Governors Island, 10 minutes by ferry off the south end of Manhattan. Throughout the summer the City of New York dedicated this small Island to the arts. On the weekend the studios opened up to the public where hundred’s  came and participated and viewed art.

Photos of the public in action participating in the ‘Oneness’ Lost Sock Project

Collaborative drawing  Participants were asked to draw a sock and connect it to the one before creating a sock chain across the subway map of NYC

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A selection of painting from the Series ‘Portraits of Lost Socks’
watercolor on rag paper

Socks visit the Forest’
Digital photo and oil paint on canvas

Socks sitting on the bench enjoying the day pass by

Lori taking  the Socks for a walk


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6 days in the Forest at the Paradise Valley Visual Art Camp in Squamish. I was invited as Artist in Residence to inspire the 6 -13 year olds. There were 3 art instructors, 3 art assistance and councillors. I was asked to come up with a theme for the week in reference to my own work. I wanted to children to explore the idea of bringing the memory of ‘home’ and integrate into the their new home ‘ the forest’ . I also created a collaborative project involving ‘Lost Socks’ and sewing. The art teachers ran with the idea and what was created was , well beyond my expectations. These children started at 9:00 every day and worked through the day . They were completely immersed in art. Using only artists quality materials they engaged in drawing, watercolor, mixed media, acrylic on canvas, sculpture, clay and printmaking.

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‘Piece Of MInd’ Exhibition May 3rd

You are welcome to join me this evening where I will be exhibiting one of my paintings that responds to the theme of this exhibition. What does Psychological well being mean from the perspective of Diversity.

I will be on a panel  with another artist and psychologist to discuss my artwork in context to this question.


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Urban Forest Exhibition Events

Poets respond to the paintings
Tuesday Oct 27th
7:00 –9:00 pm

You are invited to join us for a tour and discussion about the artwork in ‘Urban Forest’
with artist Lori Goldberg
Sunday Nov 8
1:00 – 2:00 pm

Both events are free to the public

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Upcoming Exhibition: URBAN FOREST



You are invited to my upcoming exhibition
Opening Oct 15 7:30 pm

Urban ForestGoldberg’s drawings and paintings of ordinary views and everyday objects come together in discordant co-existence questioning the multiple, often contradictory, issues we face as members of a fragmented society disconnected from nature and from self.” The exhibition  suggests humanity’s shared responsibility to heal, repair and transform the world.”

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VancouverHome Magazine : summer publication

This Latest Magazine Summer publication of VancouverHome has made the article about my now  Nationwide. Check it out..

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