Monday, December 31, 2012

The Best of 2012: Local artist Linda Norton has three works selected for The Coos Art Museum

Local artist Linda Norton has three works selected for
The Coos Art Museum¹s 19th Annual Maritime Art Exhibit 2012.

Camden, Maine July 12, 2012 ­ Linda Norton¹s work has again been selected
for exhibition in a national juried art exhibition. This time, three of
Linda¹s recent works will travel to Coos Bay, Oregon for exhibition in the
Coos Art Museum¹s 19th Annual Maritime Art Exhibit 2012.

The paintings selected include 2 aboard the Lewis R. French as well as Wave,
one of Linda¹s more unique works that focuses on the sea alone.

Bow Fog Lewis R. French ­ ³Waiting for the fog to clear to be able to leave
harbor on the first day of our sail presented a typical Camden morn. In the
meantime it allowed me to appreciate the immediate view of the working
gear on this historic ship. It is a pleasure to be able to depict the lines
chains which have made The French such a interesting ship to sail aboard and gives me such great material to depict in art.

Water-Lines Lewis R. French ­ ³Finally underway - a brisk sail on a beautiful sunny day, Penobscot Bay waters try to wash the deck. The wind blows, the old ship creaks, and you are taken to another time with just the sea and the lines in your vision and the feel of the timbers beneath your

Wave ­ One of many that wash against the shore endlessly. There is a motion, a feeling of timelessness, of weight, of eternity. The sun above tries to penetrate the wave only to give it an instant of transparency and
be reflected to the sky. The wave dominates yet is the subject of the Moon, which controls the tides and sighs as it pushes the sea glass to shore and moves the sand to sea.

It really makes me happy to be able to bring the beauty of Maine to other parts of the country through my paintings, Linda said recently when learning of her selection in this year¹s Coos Maritime exhibit. ³Our maritime heritage and the beauty of our coast are deeply important to me and it¹s an honor for me to exhibit at the Coos Museum of Art.

The Coos Art Museum¹s 19th Annual Maritime Art Exhibit 2012 runs from July 14 through September 22, 2012. More information on the exhibition is available at

About Linda Norton - Area visitors and maritime enthusiasts are welcome to visit Linda Norton¹s Studio at 109 Bay View Street in Camden. The studio is open through the summer by appointment or by chance. When Linda¹s not out
sailing, she¹s busy working in her studio. She currently has twelve pieces on the easel at various stages of development and many completed works for viewing in the Studio.

Linda has dedicated much of her life here to documenting the living history of windjammers in Maine and her maternal family¹s involvement in Maine¹s maritime life. Many members of the family made their living on the sea and
Linda¹s work strives to document the beauty of the coast and the ships and people that have sailed and continue to sail Maine waters.

Concentrating on entering national juried exhibitions, Linda attempts to show the Maine she loves, its maritime heritage and its beauty to people across the country. Her primary subjects of interest are windjammers, the working waterfront, boat building, and local crews and their personalities.

For more information call (207) 230-0129 or visit <>

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