New biography of Norman Weiner – Celebration Jan. 24

New biography of Norman Weiner – Celebration Jan. 24

Karl Livengood is the Published Writers of Rossmoor’s (PWR) featured author for January for his new biography, “Norman Weiner, An Artist’s Life.” The book’s publication will be celebrated on Tuesday, Jan. 24, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Art Studio 1 at Gateway. 

All residents are invited. Weiner is world-renowned for his paintings, drawings, etchings and sculptures, which are in hundreds of collections, including many Rossmoor residences.

Weiner’s artwork will be projected on a screen during the artist’s and author’s remarks about the book. Weiner will offer free signed copies of his pen-and-ink drawing, “The Dancers,” for people who buy copies of the book ($15 while supplies last). 

Weiner has taught portrait and figure drawing to Livengood’s wife, Betsy, for many years. When Weiner asked her to help him create a digital presentation of his vast portfolio, Livengood was amazed by the beauty and diversity of his artwork, as well as the 95-year-old artist’s intelligence and insights. He asked Weiner if together they could create a written journey of his life. 

Livengood grew up in Cleveland and majored in sociology and psychology at Hiram College. He earned a master’s degree in social work from Case Western Reserve University in l962 and began working as a social worker with gangs in the Mission District of San Francisco. He started a small construction business to feed his real passion – sailing. The Livengoods have lived in Rossmoor for 10 years. Betsy creates art and he writes books as a member of Mary Webb’s Writers’ Club, while her husband is coordinator of author events for PWR. 

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