PLYMOUTH — The Museum of the White Mountains at Plymouth State University will host a selection of White Mountains paintings collected by North Conway dealer Bob Goldberg October 17–February 3. Through the Eyes of the Dealers: Bob and Dot Goldberg is planned as a tribute exhibition to the Goldbergs.
Goldberg was a major 20th century dealer of White Mountains art, as impassioned by the area as he was by the paintings. Born in and a life-long resident of North Conway, Goldberg used his talents in businesses ranging from furniture and antiques to real estate and sporting goods ventures. He displayed White Mountains art in his stores, enticing visitors to start collecting. Many current collections have roots in his artistic savvy.
Museum Director Catherine Amidon says the exhibition celebrates Goldberg's commitment to cultivating collectors of White Mountains art. "The scope of the images is broad; art is from around the White Mountains, including Maine. It highlights the diversity of what they bought, sold and collected," she says.
The seven pieces in the exhibition are on loan from the Hood Museum at Dartmouth to which Robert and Dorothy Goldberg bequeathed their collection. "This is an excellent opportunity to strengthen the ties between these two museums that share such strong regional interests," Amidon added.
Charles Vogel, who drafted didactic materials for the exhibition said, "My wife Gloria and I met Bob and Dot Goldberg in September 1972. Bob became my mentor, advisor, teacher, confidant and some-time partner. Most importantly, Bob Goldberg was my friend."
Vogel will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 17 at Heritage Commons in the Samuel Read Hall Building on Highland Street, just down the hill from the museum. The exhibition opening will take place at the museum immediately following Vogel's talk and the museum will be open until 10 p.m. that evening.
Vogel's writings and more can be seen on the Museum of the White Mountains website, Plymouth.edu/museum-of-the-white-mountains/.
Museum hours are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.,Wednesday 10 a.m.–7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday noon–5 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and University holidays.