Jan Ellen Spiegel

An Artist?s Work: After decades out of the public, Norman Gorbaty?s Jewish-themed painting and sculpture work is now on view at the Walsh Gallery at Fairfield University.

Honoring His People, By Design

Norman Gorbaty gestures at the dozens of his artworks lining the walls of the Walsh Gallery at Fairfield University. “The reason for this kind of stuff,” he says, referring to the Jewish-themed subject matter, “is there’s so many things I’m finding out in Judaism that I think Jews don’t know about.” Ironically, had it been left to Gorbaty, viewers still wouldn’t know about them. The hundreds — more likely thousands — of secular-themed artworks and more than 100 with Jewish themes that he has created over more than 50 years had never been seen by the public — Jewish or otherwise — until the past few years. “To Honor My People” is the first exhibition of his Jewish-themed work alone.