Norma Malerich was born in Springfield, Illinois in 1930 and says that from a very early age she has been fascinated by color and the ways in which various colors compliment and interact with one another. Although known primarily as a painter of canvases, Norma takes great joy in exploring other areas of the arts with equal success and acclimation.
Educated at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, Norma has also taken instruction at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee as well as in the cities of Tokyo and Yokahama, Japan. As a world traveler who lived in Japan for two years, Norma readily admits that her art work is influenced by the foreign environments in which she has painted and sketched. Her creativity springs from an inner depth that continues to seek unusual and unique ways in which to view her environment which, in turn, influences her painting. She describes herself as a “hard working, studio artist” who endeavors to create beauty and order from her surroundings.
Norma’s work has been exhibited in Palm Beach, Florida, Littleton, Colorado, Detroit , Michigan, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Orlando, Florida, Delray Beach, Florida, Miami Beach, Florida and St. Louis, Missouri. The Monroe County Courthouse in Waterloo, Illinois has a permanent collection of her paintings on display. She was a resident artist for the Famous Barr Department Stores for many years and was recently juried into a woman’s world wide traveling show at the Cornell Museum in Delray Beach.
In the 1960s Norma formed the Artist’s Boutique in St. Louis which sponsors a twice a year show that is still in operation today.
Norma is a member of the Northside Art Association as well as a member of the Women in the Visual Arts, located in southern Florida. Her work has been illustrated and published in a number of regional newspapers, among them the St. Louis Post Dispatch,” the “Sun Sentinel,” and the “New Times Broward-Palm Beach.” She has also had a painting on the cover of “Sunshine” magazine.
Multi-talented and eclectic in her approach to art, Norma Krenzer Malerich’s work is recognized as vibrant and joyful, playful and whimsical. She is known for her creative and liberal use of color and design.