NORWICH – Last August, American cartoonist, humorist and illustrator Randy Glasbergen of Sherburne unexpectedly passed away leaving a void in the industry never to be filled.
Leaving behind a loving family and an indelible legacy of his own unique brand of wit and creativity, Glasbergen's works are still at the request of publishers around the globe even a year later.
“He really considered himself a writer above everything else,” said Karen Glasbergen, wife of the late cartoonist. “He spent the bulk of his time working up the 'gag' on a legal pad and quickly doodling out a concept for what the cartoon would eventually become; but he labored over his writing,” she said.
In honor of his achievements, and to pay homage to his impact on the local arts community, a collection of Glasbergen's selected works are on display at the Chenango Arts Council's Maria Brown & Raymond Loft Galleries at its 27 West Main St. location, Norwich. An exhibit opening featuring hors d'oeuvres and mini-margaritas will be held at the facility – admission free – on Friday, September 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Both literally and figuratively drawing inspiration from every aspect of his life, the late Glasbergen was a sponge of pop culture and the plight of the everyman.
“He was inspired by nearly everything around him, including his poor family,” joked daughter Christie Busce while arranging the installation at the Arts Council. “He absolutely loved to read, and especially enjoyed music.”..