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Zenith Gallery Interior Margery Goldberg of Zenith Gallery
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A leading light in Washingtonʼs art scene for almost four decades, Margery E Goldberg has been a major player in the Washington arts community as an entrepreneur, gallery owner, curator, activist, arts commissioner, guest lecturer, and wood and furniture sculptor. She opened her first studio in Georgetown in 1973 and her gallery in 1978 on Rhode Island Avenue NW where she remained until 1986 when she moved to 7th Street NW near the National Gallery and Smithsonian Institutions. There Zenith Gallery became part of a large cluster of other galleries that was a prime location for art enthusiasts, artists, and collectors to visit. In 2009 Margery Goldberg moved her gallery to its present location on Iris Street NW.

Donna McCullough at Zenith Gallery
Chris Malone   Donna M. McCullough   Stephen Hansen

Zenith Gallery has always been known for its striking mix of high-quality contemporary art in all media. Since moving to her Iris Street location Goldberg has literally burst with art energy. She installs exhibitions in several venues in and around DC and holds openings and talks in connection with those exhibitions. She cleared her swimming pool on Iris Street and turned it into a sculpture garden. From these offices she offers acquisition, consulting and commissioning services online, via a private salon gallery by appointment, and residential and office visits.

In 2000, Goldberg founded the non-profit Zenith Community Arts Foundation (ACAF), dedicated to using art to benefit community. Among ACAFʼs past popular projects are the annual Food Glorious Food Calendar program, which has raised over $110,000 for the Capital Area Food Bank in less than five years, and the Freedom Place Collection, featuring 53 rarely-seen works by prominent African-American artists Romare Bearden, Benny Andrews, Alma Thomas, Richard Yarde an Robert Freeman. ACAF unveiled the collection at Zenith Gallery in 2007, and now manages its touring.

Jay Burch at Zenith Gallery
Cassandra Gillens   Jay Burch   Cassie Taggart

Goldberg was honored in March 2010 for her contribution to the cultural life in the nationʼs capital at an intimate 25th Annual Mayorʼs Arts Awards Ceremony, where she was presented with the Excellence in Service to the Arts award. The Mayorʼs Arts Award is the most prestigious honor conferred by the District of Columbia to individual artists, arts organizations and arts patrons. She is a member of the Art Dealers Association of Greater Washington.

The gallery has an extensive website with hundreds of images of works by dozens of artists. Exhibitions in several venues change on a regular basis with opportunities to meet the artists. Talks and demonstrations are scheduled often in a continuing effort to provide as much information as possible about art and art collecting. Margery Goldberg is as colorful as her gallery. She herself is a work of art and a testament to her dedication to art, her artists and love of life.

Carol Sara Shepps
Carol Schepps   Michael Young   Gavin Sewell