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Varied expressions of Norman Laliberte

Posted by Christina Jedra  April 12, 2013 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by the Marblehead Arts Association: 

From April 27 through June 2, the Marblehead Arts Association (MAA) is honored to exhibit “Exuberance 2013: The Varied Expressions of Norman Laliberte.”  A renowned artist who is well-known to collectors, Norman Laliberte’s large body of work encompasses prints, paintings, mixed media pieces, sculptures and books. His zest for life and people, his many interests and generosity of spirit are depicted in the energy and brilliant color in all of his creations.  For this outstanding exhibit, and for the first time in its history, the Arts Association will fill all seven galleries in the King Hooper Mansion with the genius of this one artist. 
 
Norman Laliberte has had a long and illustrious career as an artist, teacher, author and book illustrator.  His prolific output, production tempo and consistently high quality work have led to a tremendous oeuvre. This exhibit features a range of works spanning several decades, and much of the work in this collection has never been seen by the public.  

The creations of Norman Laliberte are full of rich imagery. There is a lyrical, poetic and evocative message in his work, and the pieces are imbued with a variety of symbols that make reference to a wide range of time periods and movements in art history.  When first viewing Laliberte’s paintings, one is struck by their sheer energy of color and image. His palette is a kaleidoscope of colors – ranging from reds and yellows to blues and greens – that create a beautiful tapestry. Birds, cats and snakes intermingle with fruits, flowers and totemic symbols of man and woman. Then the viewer gets caught up in the enchantment that characterizes his work and embraces his genius. 
 
Charles Allen, curator of Norman Laliberte’s Marblehead Arts Association exhibit, finds “There is no separation between the man’s personality and his artwork. Both are magical. This signature show exemplifies his love of life and his eagerness to sample it all through his work.”
 
Celebrated for his vibrant paintings involving fruit, flowers and goddesses, Norman Laliberte has been featured internationally in over 150 exhibits.  He has been the subject of five retrospectives, including those at the Chicago Public Library and the Saidye Bronfman Centre in Montreal.  

Laliberte first gained international recognition as the Design Consultant for the Vatican Pavilion at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York.  Commissions followed from several prestigious institutions, including the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Logan International Airport in Boston and the City of Boston’s 350th Anniversary.  He has a Master of Science degree from the Institute of Design of Illinois Institute of Technology, which was founded by Lazlo Moholy-Nagy and was originally known as “The New Bauhaus.”  Additionally, Laliberte received an Honorary Doctorate from Notre Dame University’s St. Mary’s College and from the Leacock Graduate Society at McGill University.  Laliberte’s paintings, prints and sculptures appear in the permanent collections of over 100 museums and corporations and innumerable private collections.
 
“Exuberance” opens on April 27, with a reception with Laliberte on Sunday, April 28 from 2-4 pm. Deborah Greel, Arts Association Executive Director, welcomes all to “meet this delightful and extraordinary man. We are privileged to welcome him to MAA.”
 
Gallery hours are Tuesday and Wednesday 12-5 pm; Thursday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm; and Sunday noon – 5 pm. For more information, visit http://www.marbleheadarts.org/.
 
 

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