Norm Thorley

June Artist of the Month


NORM THORLEY, 76, has been a resident of Bribie Island since 1993, relocating from Brisbane for a quieter life and to concentrate on his

art in retirement.

His interest in drawing began around the age of 5, copying the animated figures in the Little Golden Books and keeping a little sketch book

and pencil with him wherever he went.

As time went by, he entered art shows and enrolled in a Commercial Art Course by correspondence at the Melbourne Institute of Art.

He was a Government apprentice signwriter and on finishing his apprenticeship, went out on his own. His art progressed in his spare time

and eventually he applied to food companies’ marketing departments, advertising and designing their products.

His crowning glory was the advertising for the Tiny Teddy biscuits for Arnott’s.

In retirement, he concentrated on all forms of art and mediums.  He has entered numerous art competitions and has sold many works to Canada, England and all around Australia.

Meet Norm here to hear his art story over morning tea on Friday June 11. Book for catering please, on 3408 9288.


The Artist of the Month, whose works are displayed on a feature wall of the Centre Gift Shop, can be from near or far. Many are local Bribie artists who have shone in their medium or are taking an opportunity to display a new one. Some artists are from surrounding areas, and others come from further afield to have their work seen and admired by a new audience.


The Artist of the Month is not only a talking point at the Centre, it also showcases works and practices to stimulate and inspire artists and visitors alike.


If you would like to inquire about being Artist of the Month, please contact Sue Davey at the Centre on 07 3408 9288.

You can download the application form.


Morning tea is held here on the SECOND Friday of the month, at 10.30am, at which the Artist of the Month speaks about his or her work. This event also serves as a welcome to new members and a chance for other members and friends to meet and mingle.