Robert's class at Crystal Bridges on February 16 was a huge success; all seats were filled and all smiles were on. A room full of creative adults were taught about his approach to painting on wood with acrylic paint, and everyone took the lesson to heart, thinking outside the box when it came to representing their subjects.
We'd like to thank Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art for the opportunity to share Robert's work! It was a day of fun and inspiration.
This September, Robert's sculpture Sphere XOX was installed at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, with great community participation and a fantastic ultraviolet party to highlight its first night on display. Early next year, February 16 to be exact, Robert returns to the museum, this time to teach a class on painting.
For aspiring artists or fans who simply want to learn his technique, "Wildlife on Wood" will be fun and inspiring. Visit the museum's calendar for more information and to sign up for the class. Class time is 1-5PM. Registration is $55.
Do you love the artistic process? Have you ever seen a 4x8 foot vision materialize in front of your eyes? Now's your chance to witness Robert create one of his spectacular large paintings for the crowd at Chelsea's on January 2, 2014.
Dj Havok and Smar-t Jones will be featured that night, rocking the house with a heavy set of Dubstep, Ragga Bass and Trap Music! No Cover! Visit the event's Facebook page for more info.
The Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce named Robert R. Norman and Jeremy Mason McGraw Artist of the Year for 2013 at their annual Awards Banquet this November.
The artists' work with the Creative Energy Project this spring led to the creation of the Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce Sphere, a community sculpture that involved over 600 volunteers and months of preparation, and was installed in Basin Park during the 26th Annual May Festival of the Arts in 2013. The huge success of the Sphere project was integral to the artists receiving the award.
Sincere thanks to the Chamber and the City of Eureka Springs for recognizing this achievement!
It was a beautiful day for art on sunny Walker Landing this Saturday, September 21. Guests of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art were excited to contribute to a sculpture by artist Robert R. Norman, Sphere
XOX, which was installed later in the evening near Leo Villareal’s Buckyball sculpture where it will remain on display through September 29. Signature to his style, Norman transformed ordinary sticks into an illuminated masterpiece that awed the crowd.
The creation of the sculpture was motivated by the desire to bring people together, to give them the opportunity to create a unique part of a structure representing our connection to each other and the whole. Making an indelible mark on something beautiful is truly a joy that spans age, gender, or race. The genuine smile that it brought to each person was an amazing thing to witness. The inner artist was given voice and a place of glory on the Sphere; who knows where that inspiration will take them?
Many of those who contributed to the making of the Sphere, which was completed by the artist while interacting with the crowed during the day, came back to see it installed that evening during the Light Night party. The completed work created a frenzy of excitement as it spun and danced, alive with a full spectrum of color from LED and black lights interacting with its ultraviolet paints. The surprise at the transformation was evident in the crowd, as was the connection each person felt to the piece through their own handiwork. The gathering around Sphere XOX felt truly like a spontaneous community had been created.
Robert R. Norman’s design of Sphere XOX is similar to his other work in that the structure is built with sticks and branches that would otherwise be chipped or burned. In this case, they were collected from the grounds at the museum, and therefore returned to their place of origin once the sculpture was installed. The completed work thus speaks to honoring the cycles of Nature and being respectful in our interactions with the natural world. The artist and his team would like to thank Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art for helping give voice and place to this vision.
Come join us at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art on September 21, 2013 for Robert's newest ultraviolet sphere creation, Sphere XOX. Like Robert's first sphere, the sculpture will be constructed using sticks that would have been considered refuse; in this case, they will be collected from the grounds at Crystal Bridges. Individual sticks will be decorated by students and guests participating in the museum’s College Day event the afternoon of September 21. The finished work will be capable of rotating and will be lit with LED lights for the Light Night Party beginning at 7:30 pm, located near the Buckyball. Sphere XOX will remain on display at Crystal Bridges through September 29.
Check out their website for more information and to register for the event.
Thanks to the Eureka Springs Independent for featuring Robert's distinctive fish chair on the cover of the Fun Guide for August! The guide also published Bob's bio and other images of his work.
For more information on the Fun Guide, visit http://independentfunguide.com/
Robert and Suzanne would like to thank everyone who came out to see us at Art on the Creeks. The event featuring over 40 artists was held at Village on the Creeks in Rogers, Arkansas on August 1, 2013.
The atmosphere of the event was lively, as participants strolled around the walkway observing the art and interacting with the artists. Musical and dance performances held in the center of the grounds showcased other local talents.
We brought the latest artwork and prints by Robert R. Norman, as well as a variety of our distinctive, sustainably-built rustic furniture. One highlight of the day for us was holding a drawing for a signed print, which was won by Laura Goeller. Thanks to the event organizers and everyone who participated for a day of fun promoting art!
Suzanne Norman is Robert's wife, writing to keep his fans updated and give them the inside story on Robert's work.