The Camden area’s maritime heritage has long inspired creativity and art. Attendees at this year’s Camden Windjammer Festival over Labor Day weekend will be able to take a piece of this art home in the form of the official festival T-shirt.

This year’s shirt again features a work by local artist Linda Norton. The image, “Furled Mizzen, Angelique,” shows a sunset glowing against a tanbark sail. Watercolorist Norton relocated in July 2000 to the maternal family home in Camden. Her grandfather, Horace Leadbetter, a lifetime resident of Camden, was from generations of seafaring men dating back to his ancestors, who settled on Vinalhaven Island in 1769.

“The coast of Maine is in my blood, I love the sea and salt air — the schooners, trawlers and lobster boats and the inherent beauty and power of the sea,” said Norton, who called opening her studio and gallery in the barn where her grandfather worked an exciting challenge.

The Sea Street Graphics-produced T-shirts will go on sale from the Friday afternoon of the festival, which is held each year over Labor Day weekend along Camden’s waterfront. For more information, visit

The Camden Windjammer Festival is a community-led celebration of Camden’s maritime heritage and living traditions. It was established to recognize and celebrate the important role of the windjammer fleet and the role the Midcoast region’s maritime heritage continues to play in shaping the lives of all residents.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to