WWII Veteran Norm Oliphant, 95, to Exhibit His Art in a Solo Showcase
On Friday, May 10th, Norm Oliphant, 95, WWII Veteran and resident of Windsor, Colorado will exhibit his
artwork in a first-time solo showcase at desk chair Workspace a Coworking community in downtown
Oliphant had a passion for Art at a very young age. He grew up in the great depression, in a time where
Art was a luxury for the upper-class, not the normal “working man.” Norm’s father encouraged him to send
his work to his favorite famous comic strip creator. Surprisingly the man wrote back to tell him to tell him
that his stuff was really good and that he had talent. Unfortunately, the depression was a difficult time and
Norm was forced to set his art aside to take on another path.
Norm put his art aside and moved on with life. With the outbreak of WWII, he enlisted and became a Navy
Seabee. He saw horrific action in the S. Pacific and was wounded twice.
When Norm returned home, he found love and started a family. His journey did not end there. In the
1980’s Oliphant retired from his successful career at Coca-Cola and picked up his love of art once more,
even winning a contest. This was cut short, however, because of health complications from a lost lung
from the war. The fumes from the oil paints affected him and Oliphant had to put his passion aside once
That didn’t stop Norm, fast forward another 30 years and a neighbor introduced him to the art of acrylics
and watercolor painting. A passion and talent that he was not able to pursue for 30 years, now brought
back to life.
Join us to celebrate an honored life, Veteran and talented artist. The solo art exhibit will debut May 10th,
but the public will be able to view the exhibit the rest of May. Don’t miss Ophilants’ watercolor and acrylic
inspired replicas and originals.
The event will take place on Friday Night on The Town, Friday May 10th at 6 P.M. at desk chair workspace
in downtown Loveland. Enjoy $1.00 off specialty cocktails and small bites from Five Tables Café. This
event is free. Please visit the desk chair events page for updates and announcements.