“Dear Sea, Love Me” – An Exhibition by CMP Art Teacher, Julie Goldstein

“I believe life is full of adventure, creativity, and exploration.  Take the time to play in the sea, run in the mountains, observe the world around you and spend quality time with the ones you love the most.  Record your life and share your story, it is meaningful and important!” – Julie Goldstein, Master Artist & Art Studio Teacher at CMP

Julie Goldstein Art Teacher at Carmel Mountain Preschool

Throughout my career, I have always worked as an educator and balanced my time between my studio and teaching. I have experience teaching all ages. Most of my teaching positions were part- time so that I could focus on my studio work. From 2000-2004, I taught art in a public high school in New Jersey. From 2004-2008, I was the Art Education Director in a non-profit educational facility. In 2008, my husband and I relocated to Southern California and I taught at The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.

In 2013, I had my son Frankie and decided to work from home to be with him. After 1 year at home, I missed teaching but wasn’t ready to leave Frankie. That is when Carmel Mountain Preschool came to my rescue. Currently, I teach art to the children three days a week and the best part of my day is knowing that my son is a student at CMP! To learn more about my story of becoming the studio art teacher at CMP (and the development of the art program) please read my blog, “Getting to Know the Glenn: A Special Place of Learning at CMP.”

Julie Goldstein rt teacher at CMP

I feel strongly about art education and inspiring young minds to believe in their creativity. Children of all ages deserve to explore and experience art. My journey is driven by my passion for documenting and portraying my story based on personal experiences. It is not always easy but perseverance and passion have driven me to succeed in my career. I feel so fortunate to balance my life as a mother, wife, artist and educator…every day.

"Dear Sea, Love Me" artwork3
“Miss Florence B West AKA Flo”, Woodcut, 24”x 48

As a visual artist and printmaker, I create works that draw inspiration from the natural environment, the sea, urban culture and experiences from my travels.

Dear Sea, Love Me Artwork by Julie Goldstein
“Miss Norma”

In various multimedia works with mediums such as paper and fabric, I mix lithographic and woodcut printmaking techniques with sewing, embroidery, and other traditional “women’s arts.”

"Dear Sea, Love Me" Fabric and Fin
‘Untitled Surfer Single Fin”, Woodcut, recycled vintage fabric, upholstery tacks, 48” x 72”

The result is a hybrid, contemporary style with urban motifs and lively depictions of friends and family.

Mother+Children by Julie Goldstein
“Mother and Children on Dirt bike”, Woodcut, 48” x 72”

My work is inspired by my personal experiences, storytelling, and my deep appreciation for the sea. I encourage those who view my art to feel inspired, empowered and motivated to share their stories, reflecting on what is important in their lives.

Artist Julie Goldstein creating woodcut art for "Dear Sea, Love Me" project

I have been creating and exhibiting my works for over 10 years. My woodcuts have been exhibited all over the world including galleries in New York City, Japan, France and Brazil. Each body of work tells a story focusing on personal experience, my connection to the sea, iconic timeless figures that resemble strength, courage, femininity and often times motherhood. 

Dear Sea, Love Me - Women's Lifesaving League
“Women’s Life Saving League, Brooklyn Crew 1909”, Woodcut, 48” x 72”

The “Dear Sea, Love Me” Exhibition at Cal State San Marcos

"Swimming Up" by Julie Goldstein for the Dear Sea, Love Me art exhibition at Cal State San Marcos
“Swimming Up”, Woodcut and Mixed Media, 24” x 24”

“Dear Sea, Love Me” is my first retrospective exhibition. There are 35 woodcuts and 5 bodies of work in this show. Each piece is hand-printed from hand carved woodcuts. The show displays a video that demonstrates my process from start to finish as well as an “Interactive Journal” that encourages students, faculty and viewers to also create and be inspired by the materials and process.  

Student creating art in notebook
Student interacting with art at “Dear Sea, Love Me” art exhibition at CSUSM

The exhibition is free and open to the public during regular library hours. For more information, please see the information below.

Dear Sea, Love Me art exhibition at Cal State San Marcos
Julie Goldstein at “Dear Sea, Love Me” art exhibition at CSUSM

To learn more about me and my work, please visit my website at

Please visit “Dear Sea, Love Me” and thank you for reading!

What:  Spring 2015 Library Exhibit — Dear Sea, Love Me: a Collection of Woodcuts

When: On-going through Monday, May 23, 2016

Where: Kellogg Library at California State University San Marcos, located at 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road. The exhibit area is on the third floor and is free and open during all library hours

Directions and Parking

CSUSM is located at 333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road in San Marcos. For more information or directions to the campus, visit Visitors may purchase a daily or timed permit in any general parking lot utilizing the daily permit machines.

If you enjoyed this post we invite you to read our blog, “Spring Into Art.”

Carmel Mountain Preschool provides a safe and caring environment with hands-on, developmentally-appropriate programs for children. We also offer excellent care for elementary school-age students with our before and after school programs. CMP is located at 9510 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego, CA 92129, situated between 4S Ranch, Rancho Peñasquitos, Carmel Valley, and Santaluz. For more information, please visit our website or contact us at 858.484.4877.

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