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Creating art has been Galia Goodman’s passion for over thirty-five years. After doing everything normal during her childhood, adolescence and young adult life, she opted for the creative life and its many challenges and has never looked back. She began with very traditional Jewish papercuts and calligraphy in Hebrew and English and has expanded her repertoire to include acrylic and watercolor painting, collage and art made with found and recycled materials. She has created large works and awards for a number of synagogues, churches, colleges and universities, and non-profit organizations. She’s taught art and calligraphy to children and adults and strongly believes that anyone can be creative and artistic, given the right tools and a bit of encouragement. Each November, she spearheads the organization of a neighborhood art walk that has included artists and craftspeople of all ages.

As a self-defined world citizen as well as a strong feminist, environmental activist, supporter of equal rights for all and education for all, and especially for women, she seeks to practice these beliefs on a daily basis through her artwork and her community involvement.

Ms. Goodman enjoys traveling for fun and inspiration: she has been fortunate to be able to visit and spend time in a number of other countries. Her primary focus, however, has always been the US, with its extraordinary wild places and many historical sites. Her current passion is a rediscovered love for long distance hiking, something she did as a young woman, but which was lost for a number of years in the need to attend to other life issues. At this point, she has completed close to half of the Appalachian Trail, and is already eyeing even more long trails when she finishes the AT. She lives in North Carolina, with her wife and their dog, Izzy.