DC Council Honors Margery E. Goldberg

By East City Art Editorial Team on April 11, 2018

On Tuesday, April 10, Council Member, Brandon Todd, with the Council of the District of Columbia, honored Margery Goldberg with congratulations on the 40th anniversary of Zenith Gallery, and recognized its success as a champion for the arts in the District.

The Council of the District of Columbia held a ceremony to honor Margery Goldberg in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Zenith Gallery and in recognition for its contributions to the District of Columbia and the Greater Washington Metropolitan Area at the Wilson Building.

Ward 4 resident Margery E. Goldberg, the founder and director, opened Zenith Gallery on Rhode Island Avenue, NW in March 1978 when she was 27 years old; and developed it into a 50,000 square foot art center, called Zenith Square with 50 artists studio’s, the Dance Exchange and Studio Theater.

Since opening their doors, Zenith Gallery has been home for Washington area, national and international artists, collectors, and art aficionados for near and far. For over forty years, Ms. Goldberg has been curating public, private, corporate and museum collections throughout the Washington area and nationally.

By pushing boundaries, Zenith Gallery has grown to become one of Washington’s foremost galleries, recognized for its striking mix of high-quality contemporary artworks in all media including paintings, sculpture, neon, photographs, tapestries and mixed media that stimulate and engage. Known for their one of a kind collection, the gallery services include high-quality acquisition, consulting, commissioning and appraising services to residential, corporate, and institutional clients.

The gallery has been located at various spaces throughout the District including 14th and Rhode Island Avenue NW, a 50,000 square-foot community of 50 studios to serve as an affordable haven for artists to work, live, show their work and support each other. After 9 years on Rhodes Island Avenue the Gallery spent the next 24 years at 413 Seventh Street NW and where it was a catalyst in the development and growth of the Penn Quarter neighborhood. Alas, Zenith moved to its Salon Style Gallery in Shepherd Park in Ward 4, where it resides today and has monthly exhibitions with sculpture Gardens in front and a converted swimming pool sculpture garden in the back, and an extremely vibrant gallery in upper northwest Washington. Zenith maintains a presence downtown presenting shows at 1111 Pennsylvania Ave.

As an accomplished artist, Goldberg has created more than 350 pieces of sculptured furniture, sculpture and neon art, now in private and public collections throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. In addition to showing her work in her own gallery, she has been featured in ten one-women shows in the Mid-Atlantic region and more than 40 group shows in 13 U.S. cities.

As a curator, Ms. Goldberg has launched 450-plus shows for her own gallery as well as traveling exhibitions, curating shows throughout the east coast, more than 100 corporate collections and projects, including major outdoor sculpture; and Ms. Goldberg established The Zenith Community Arts Foundation a Washington, DC non-profit 501C-3 organization in 2000. The Foundation is dedicated to promoting art and fostering alliances between artists, businesses, non-profits and public-sector organizations, using the transformative power of art to benefit the community with a focus on public art projects, art and career-focused education; and the Foundation’s initiatives have raised over $100,000 for the Capital Area Food Bank through creative programs such as the “Food Glorious Food” program that brought together chefs, artists, businesses and individuals, and it’s “Sustainable and Scrumptious” initiative, to teach a cross-disciplinary class about healthy lifestyles, the ecosystem, and art at the Oyster-Adams Bilingual School.

The Freedom Place Collection of 56 privately held works by preeminent African American artists Romare Bearden, Benny Andrews, Alma Thomas, Robert Freeman and Richard Yarde has served to celebrate the legacy and artistic contributions of the most noted African American artists in the United States. The collection has been shown at Meridian House International and Congressional Bank in Washington DC, and at multiple colleges; and now on display at The Congressional Bank at 21st and K St., NW.

The Foundation’s arts education programs for teens and adults with the District of Columbia Public Schools and the Department of Employment Services have included Hands’ on Workshops Through After School programs at Columbia Heights Education Campus, and 4th graders at Takoma Education Campus, and HOW School’s Out Art Programming during non-school days over the academic calendar; and continues to work on her Mobile Wood Shop bringing woodworking skills to a new generation of wood workers, to prepare them for a future in construction and the wood Industry. In two school years, HOW has taught over 120 students.

(via Zenith Gallery press release. Photo courtesy of Zenith Gallery.)