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Chicago artist to open Bradley Gallery season

Chicago artist to open Bradley Gallery season


Chicago artist to open Bradley Gallery season

The work of a veteran Chicago artist will open Lakeland University’s Bradley Gallery season.

Norbert Marszalek will bring his exhibition “Drink Your Tea Slowly” to Lakeland beginning September 23, with a reception at 4:30 p.m. The show runs through October 28 in the Bradley Fine Arts Building on the Lakeland campus. The Bradley Gallery is open from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, when Lakeland is in session.

Marsalek said a family artifact spurred the creativity behind his current show.

“Not long ago, I came across a teapot that has been in my family for many years and it unexpectedly evoked a wealth of disparate childhood memories: my immigrant mother, a near fatal automobile accident, school bullies, confronting Catholicism and most fervently, my love of creating things,” he said.

“Feeling inspired, I started gathering teapots and teacups from thrift shops, estate sales, and ­flea markets and these fragmented thoughts slowly congealed. My current work balances deeply personal narratives with universal beliefs filtered through the form of teapots and teacups; devoting considerable attention to icons, rituals and time.”

Marszalek lives and works in his native Chicago. He received a bachelor of arts from Northeastern Illinois University and has also studied at the American Academy of Art and thee School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

His paintings, works on paper and sculpture have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States, including the George Billis Gallery in Los Angeles; the Richard Levy Gallery in Albuquerque; the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Fort Wayne, Ind.; and the Beverly Arts Center in Chicago. Marszalek also has work in numerous permanent collections including the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art in Iowa.

Learn more about the artist at his website: