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Toby R. Klein


"The Artist's Kaleidoscopic World"

Like a real Kaleidoscope, Toby's art is created with a burst of color, symmetry of design and motion all captured in "The Artists Kaleidoscopic World".  Her goal in creating work is to intrigue each person by drawing their eye into the piece of art, while holding it there so they may see all of the intricate detail.  In developing her style, she has always been intrigued by different and unusual pieces of art and has strived to do the same in her work.  She is a mixed media artist, whose work is contemporary and ranges from different degrees of abstraction and experimental to representation.  Her images both representational and non-objective show the use of color, design & techniques as seen through the artist eyes.


Toby won the Top award at the 50th Annual Bluff Park Art Show ($3500.00 Purchase Award for their permanent collection.)  She was selected as the Artist for “Southern Voices” in 2010 and had a one person exhibit in the Hoover Library Gallery for 3 months.  Toby also had a one-person exhibit November 1, 2011 thru January 31, 2012 at the Universalist Unitarian Church Art Gallery. Some of her previous one-person exhibits have been at the Heritage Hall Museum, Cobb Lane Gallery, Memphis JCC Shainberg Art Gallery, Four Seasons Gallery, Levite JCC Fine Art Gallery & Arceneaux Gallery.  Among awards, locally as well as internationally, she was a Finalist in The Artist Magazine’s Annual Art Competition in 2006, 2005, 2003 & 2002. Toby is a Signature Member of the International Society of Acrylic Painters & Southern Watercolor, a Signature-Nautilus Fellow Member of the International Society of Experimental Artist, and Signature-Gold of the Watercolor Society of Alabama, where she served as President in 2003-2004.  She is an Elected Member of the National Association of Women Artist in New York. 


National Association of Women Artists - 127th Annual New York, NY 2016; 2012; 2009; 2008; 2007; 2005; 2002; 2001 Award ● Medal of Honor; 2000

Bluff Park Annual Art Show – Hoover, AL 2018-2015; 2013 Award ● Best of Show $3500.00 Purchase Award; 2012-1999 & 1994-1993; Award ● Purchase Award 2008,2000,1993; 2007 Award ● President’s Award $1750.00; 2006 Award ● Cash Award          


International Society of Experimental Artists - 24th Annual -Traverse City, MI 2015; 2011; 14th 2005 Award ● 1st Cutting Edge Award; 13th 2004; 8th 1999; 6th 1997 Award ● Merit

International Society of Acrylic Painters  – Members Exhibition - 2016; 18th International Paso Robles, CA 2015; 2006; 2005; 2003; 2002 Award ●  Daler-Rowney $1000.00 Merchandise Award


World Federation of Miniaturists Exhibition – 5th International Moscow, Russia 2012; 4th International Burnie, Tasmania, Australia 2008; 3rd International The Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building, Washington, DC 2004

Watercolor Society of Alabama – 71st National Homewood, AL 2012; 2007; 2006 ● Daler-Rowney Award; 2005 ● Merchant Award; 2004 Award ● First Place-Past Presidents; 2003 Award ● Experimental Artist of AL; 2002; 2001; 1999; 1997

Miniature Art Society of Florida - 34th International Miniature Dunedin Fine Art Center Dunedin, FL 2009; 2008; 2007; 2003; 2002 Award ● 1st Place Abstract; 2001-1996

Energen, The Wonders of Alabama Art Competition 10th Annual - Birmingham, AL 2009

The Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, D. C. - 75th Annual International 2008; 2007 Award ● 2nd Place Collage/Mixed Media

Experimental Artist of America - 12th Annual 2008 Award ● 3rd; 2006; 2003; 2002; 2000 Award ● 2nd; 1999; 1998 Award ● Best of Show; Honorable Mention 2001, '97 & '96

Creative Catalyst Productions Collage & Mixed Media Art Show 2006 Award ● Most Innovative

Watercolor 2003 Exhibition – Houston, Texas ISEA Venue

Panoply Arts Festival – Huntsville, AL 2007; 2004; 2003; 2002 Award · Best of Show; 2001; Purchase Awards each year

N.A.W.A. - Small Works Exhibition - NewYork, New York 2017; Writings on the Wall - Hewlett, NY 2000

ISE Art Foundation Exhibition - New York, NY  2000

Southern Watercolor Society - 22nd Annual - Niceville, FL 1999 Award ● Soho Gallery Award; 21st Annual 1998; 18th Annual   1995   Award ● Rockport Publishers Award

Heritage Hall Museum - 1999 Cheaha Invitational Talladega, AL 1999; 1998 Award ● Jemison Carnegie Foundation Purchase Award; 1997; 1996

Mondak Historical & Art Society - 1995 Miniature Sidney, Montana Award ● 1st Place/ Mixed Media ● 2nd place/Graphics

National League of American Pen Women - 10th Annual Miniature Four Seasons Arts Council Henderson, NC 1995 Award ● 1st Place


2018: Spirit Of Experimental Art, The Hoover Sun


2016: Monte Sano Art Festival Brochure Cover - Temple Beth El: Cover of Shelichot Program

2015: Book - Who is God The Collection - Temple Beth-El: Cover of Selichot Program

2014: The Hoover Magazine; Magazine - Southern Jewish Life;  Temple Beth-El Foundation - Cover of New Year Cards; Tannehill Newspaper - The Leaf ; 51st Annual Bluff Park Art Show Program Cover

12/2013 thru 1/2014: Temple Beth El - my art used for the cover of all bulletins, e-mails, decorations and all programs for the Rabbi Randall Konigsburg's Installation.  The original piece of art was given to the Rabbi as a gift from the congregation.

2013: Book - Who is God IV; Magazine - Southern Jewish Life; The Birmingham News

2012: Books - Eyes On: Abstracts; Journeys To Abstraction;  Who is God Book II & III

2011: the Memphis Jewish Scene Magazine; American Style Magazine (for the 3rd year)

2010: A Walk Into Abstract DVD;  Southern Jewish Life Magazine; Cover of Temple Beth-El Membership Directory for 2nd year. 


Additional publishings: American Artist, Watercolor Magazine; Watercolor Artist Magazine; The Artist’s Magazine; Memphis Jewish Journal; The Birmingham Post Herald; The Pen Women; The Birmingham New.




Alabama Power ● Compass Bank ● Bluff Park Art Association ● Data House ● Children's Hospital ● Heritage Hall Museum ● Hoover Public Library ● Howard Industries ● Huntsville Art League ● Patton Chapel Animal Clinic ●  Regions Bank ● St. Vincent's Hospital ● Temple Beth EL ● Knesseth Israel Congregation ● Wells Fargo Bank ● Grandview Financial Group ● among others


Private Collections ●  throughout North America, Europe & Israel


Museum Contempo - Olympia, W. A. ● Newbill Collection By the Sea – Seaside, FL ● Temple Beth El Gift Shop – Birmingham, AL

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