Sherry Goldberg Art

Sherry Goldberg's Biography

I was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and grew up in the Atlantic City of the '50s and '60s. It was a beautiful place, with clean streets, miniature golf, amusement parks, and lovely stores lining the boardwalk, where I frequently sang as a child.

I was raised by my maternal grandparents, Dora and Isidore; my daughter is named Brandy Isadora. I was an actress as a child, and always knew that I wanted to be in theatre, and began seriously acting in high school. I attended New York University and received a Bachelor's of Science in Theatre. While attending NYU, I performed both off-Broadway and for the film school students at the university.

My husband Mark, and I married after I had graduated from college and he had graduated from law school. We soon moved to Phoenix, Arizona. I began acting, but most of the work was at The Tucson Soundstages, approximately two hours from Phoenix. Auditions, along with travel time, turned into all-day events. I realized I wanted more control of my life, so I became a writer.

I wrote several screenplays, and an agent at The William Morris Agency told me that they were some of the best he had ever seen. I wrote my book, The Millennium Challenge in the late 1970s.

The Millennium Challenge is a futuristic science fiction romance about the first woman president of the United States, on a planet that was experiencing volatile events, such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. My book was published in 1983 and was quite successful. In 1981, we decided to move back to Arizona, where my husband started his own law practice, and I continued to write. However, after The Millennium Challenge, I decided I wanted to write something happy and light.

In 1980, my daughter, Brandy, was born, and I began hearing music. Within the next three years, I wrote a Broadway musical, writing the book as well as the music and lyrics. I submitted my work to the Lehman Engel Musical Workshop Program and was accepted as a composer, lyricist and librettist. Being accepted meant I would have to leave my family for one week each month for a period of two years. But I am a homebody and couldn't leave my young family for that length of time. I was told if I ever wanted to join the program, I had an open invitation.

In the mid-1980s, I wrote a comedy called "Good Clean Fun," about four women (a doctor, a lawyer, an advertising executive and a homemaker), looking for love. Sexually transmitted diseases were becoming well known, and my play was about women starting a club called "Good Clean Fun," where everyone would be inspected and set free to have fun! Of course, hilarity ensues as it all backfires and erupts! The play did very well in Arizona, where I played the advertising executive. The play was eventually performed off-Broadway in New York, where I was invited to reprise my role, but again, I did not want to leave my family.

In 1987, I caught the chicken pox from my daughter. I was extremely ill and could not go out for approximately six months. During this time, I picked up my daughter's art supplies and it changed the course of my life. I became an artist!

I invented an art form called "Glitter on Canvas". This is not a truly complete description, because I am actually a mixed-media artist. In addition to using glitter, I also adorn my work with jewelry and anything that strikes my fancy. In essence, though, the entire canvas is in glitter. While other artists have used glitter to embellish, I use it as my primary medium. It gives the canvases a multi-dimensional and multi-faceted reality, much like looking at faceted jewelry. I fell in love with art and I have remained so since the late 1980s.

I also do ceramic pieces and consider myself a "ceramic surgeon!" I have always had a fascination with faces, and believe there is beauty in every face. While other artists have created the bisque, I try to make every piece look realistic. When I paint women, I try to make them all exquisitely beautiful.

I have always created my art surrounded by music. When I lived with my mother, we had music on all night while we slept. As a newly-married woman in 1969, I began collecting my own music and much of this was from the generation that came before me. All of my art has been completed with the music playing in the background, with my special favorites being Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Lerner & Lowe, and Rogers & Hammerstein. Later, I added Steven Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein . I can't imagine working without my music!

In 2007, my husband and I realized our dream and opened Femmes Fatales & Fantasies, an art museum and gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona. My husband has always been enthralled with my art and had never wanted to sell it. In addition to exhibiting both my glitter and ceramic art, we decided to exhibit, as well as sell, original, collectible movie posters in our museum and gallery. The vintage movie posters and my art go perfectly together. I paint mostly women and scenes of fantasy, and the movies are about femmes fatales, beautiful women, and fantasy - a perfect match!

Of course, the music plays an integral part in our museum and gallery. I have over 11,000 favorite songs, and all of them were put on a music system which plays while people enjoy the art.

I hope in the future to become recognized for my contribution in the art world. When people walk in the gallery, look at the art, and smile, I feel as if I've done my job.