Contributed by Jim Elias

“One encounters many surprises in life, both good and bad,” reflects Kimble Bromley, Professor of Art at North Dakota State University, painter, and hypnotist. An exhibit of his Moby-Dick painting series will hang at the Muscatine Art Center from February 15 through April 12, 2018.

About this work, Bromley says, “My Moby-Dick series of paintings are works of art dealing with the varied issues involving these surprises life presents.  These paintings develop from my own personal life experiences, life experiences I see reflected as Melville presents aboard the Pequod. These experiences are human experiences we can all relate to in some way. Moby-Dick is rich with emotional detail and experiences one may face in life.”

Universal themes as read in the book, Moby-Dick, are discovered in these expressive and personal paintings. “Ultimately,” Bromley says, “these paintings are about persevering, moving ahead, living life.”

Immersing himself in the environs of the pond at his home just outside Pelican Rapids, MN, Professor Bromley’s work has been inspired by this as well as other places he has lived and visited. Bromley received his MFA from Southern Illinois at Carbondale and has served as a visiting artist throughout the upper Midwest, Ecuador, and Mexico. He has painted abroad in Cuba, Jamaica, Ecuador, and Mexico. His work has been exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally and supported by grants from Lake Region Arts Council Minnesota, Kellogg, Teagle/Bell South, and Partners of the Americas.

In addition to being on the faculty of North Dakota State University, Bromley is a creativity consultant regarding the significance of hypnosis on creativity.  At NDSU he teaches painting and drawing. One component of his studio classes involves hypnotizing his students to assist them with their creativity. Bromley and co-researcher Dr. James Council of the NDSU Psychology Department published “Hypnotic Enhancement of Creative Drawing” in the October 2007 issue of The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis.

At the close of the exhibition, Bromley will visit Muscatine and attend a public reception the evening of Thursday, April 12. Then, on Friday, April 13, Bromley will offer a Creativity Workshop in the Student Center on the Muscatine Community College campus from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. The workshop is offered free of charge.
The Muscatine Art Center is located at 1314 Mulberry Avenue in Muscatine. Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday evenings until 7:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated.