THAYER -- From now through February, the Chestnut Hill Gallery in downtown Thayer will feature local artist and author Norm and Norma Strickbine. According to gallery owner Judith Cornelius, the exhibit will be titled "The Meeting of Creative Minds."
The Strickbines have been in the area for several years and operate the Barren Hollow Studio where where he writes and she pursues her art.
Norma works in various mediums and her art work is in private and public collections all over the United States and abroad. Some of the shows she has participated in are the Endangered Species Conference Art Exhibit, the National Assistance League Art Show, the prestigious Death Valley Encampment, College of the Ozarks, Ralph Foster Museum, and the Harlin Museum Art Show.
Norma is past president of the Antelope Valley Art League in California. She has given many workshops and lectures and her animal paintings have been published in the international calendar of the Gift Foundation of the Antelope Valley Hospital Medical Center. Realism is her trademark and she has received many awards and ribbons throughout the years.
Norma has also designed and painted for historical military book covers, including her husband Norm's books on the Korean War. She is featured in the military museum in Seoul, South Korea. She has painted numerous military paintings on World War II, the Korean War and Operation Iraqi Freedom, incorporating into the paintings events or branches of operation.
Norm Strickbine is the co-author and photographer of the books, Faces of War and Red Dragon, editions I and II. The first was titled Faces of War: Korean Vignettes. These books tell of one of the bloodiest wars in American history; for over 50 years it has been known as the "Forgotten War." Strickbine said it is not forgotten by the 200 soldiers, Marines, sailors and airmen who tell their story. This is one of the most complete and comprehensive histories of the Korean War, with many accounts from other United Nations soldiers. It chronicles the war from start to finish.
Strickbine said his fascination with photography goes back to his youth. He attended the Army Photo School after basic training. He was then assigned to the 13th Engr BN (C) of the seventh division in Japan. On further assignment he was to keep a photographic history.
"Picture taking in a combat zone was a matter of luck," Strickbine said.
After leaving the military he worked at many other jobs as well as photography, but kept returning to his interest with the camera. He has spent his retirement, thus far, working on his books and printing pictures from 50 years ago.
Cornelius said following this exhibit will be second exhibit entitled "A Meeting of Creative Minds II." This will feature artist and author Marjorie and Doug Todd from Warm Springs, Ark. Major favors an impressionist style of painting. Doug's book titled Aftermath: a Song for Tyron is a book of poems from the Vietnam War.