Norman Crouch, Jim Keefe have works on display in Rosemount

The pair of artists with works currently on display at Rosemount’s Steeple Center include photographer Norman Crouch and cartoonist Jim Keefe.

Crouch and Keefe offer two different takes on life that provide the kind of interest the Rosemount Area Arts Council seeks in its artist exhibit pairings.

Crouch aims to tell a real life story with his photographs, while Keefe has been reflecting life in the cartoons he has contributed for such strips as “Sally Forth,” “Flash Gordon,” and “Hagar the Horrible.”

Following a career in scientific research and public health, and raising a family of two sons and a daughter, Crouch and his wife retired to their home in Rosemount.

Upon retirement, Crouch says he became interested in photography at a much deeper level.

Moving to the use of modern digital cameras and the digital darkroom, he began to learn and explore ways to improve the images he captured.

He said that he found that making images that go beyond simple documentation of an event, place, or object can be wonderfully challenging and rewarding.

He said has discovered the importance of making compositions that are not only pleasing to the viewer, but also tell a story to be interpreted, or provoke a thought to be cherished.

 

Crouch, who has a doctorate in medical microbiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, captures mostly images from nature and of the people around him.

A graduate of the Kubert School, Keefe started his career as the head colorist in the King Features Syndicate comic art department, coloring such world-renowned strips as “Blondie,” “Beetle Bailey” and “Hagar the Horrible.”

From 1996-2003 he was the writer and artist of Flash Gordon for King Features Syndicate – currently available online at FlashGordon.com.

Teaching and speaking engagements include the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, Malloy College and Hofstra’s UCCE Youth Programs in Long Island, New York, the University of Minnesota – and most recently as an adjunct teacher at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Keefe currently is the artist of the “Sally Forth,” written by Francesco Marciuliano. “Sally Forth” is syndicated worldwide by King Features and appears in nearly 700 newspapers.

Crouch and Keefe’s works will be on display for the months of October, November, and December.

A reception will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, and will include artist talks and light refreshments. The public is invited.

Steeple Center gallery is at 14375 S. Robert Trail in downtown Rosemount. Gallery hours during the week are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

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