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OJAI ART CENTER – Celebrating Norman Kirk

October 4th – October 29th
Reception Saturday, October 19th, 1 to 3 p.m. 

Norman Kirk (born 1924) has had a long and successful career as an artist. As a child in Cleveland, he entertained his schoolmates with drawings of rocket ships. During the depression, supplies and funds for classes were at a premium, so Kirk filled his days at the Cleveland Art Museum (which later helped earn him an apprenticeship there) and attended city art classes. In high school, his art instructor recognized his talent and invited him to join an adult life drawing class.In 1984, Kirk was commissioned to illustrate the Olympic water events at Lake Casitas. Kirk was also the cover artist for the popular Ventura County Design House tours (no longer in existence). His paintings have won countless awards, and he has shown in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California Museum of Science and Industry, L.A. Municipal Gallery, the Riverside Art Museum, the Downey Art Museum, the Santa Paula Art Museum, and the Ventura County Museum of History and Art. Kirk is a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society, Watercolor West and the Gold Coast Watercolor Society. Although Kirk has worked in other mediums, he is best known for his watercolors. He enjoys capturing the “underbelly” of things, such as a rusted old truck or a dilapidated barn set in nature. Kirk has contributed greatly to art and artists in Ventura County. Respected artist Hiroko Yoshimoto noted that Norman Kirk has “profoundly influenced and continues to shape art and culture in Southern California.”