Three local artists have had work juried into the American Society of Marine Artists’ 15th National Exhibition. Linda Norton’s watercolor painting “Topmast, 1812 Privateer Lynx”; Gordon Bok’s woodcarving “Carrier and Seiner”;  and Loretta Krupinski’s oil painting “Moon Over the Peapod” were among hundreds of entries by artists across the country.

To qualify, the artist must be a member of the American Society of Marine Artists and the art must depict a working vessel or illustrate maritime history in some way. These works of art will tour the country, showing in eight different museums from Florida to Washington between this October and July 2013. For more information about ASMA and the 15th National Exhibition, visit

Norton of Camden has been painting since she was 6-years-old, working in watercolor or gouache. Her work has been shown nationally in juried art shows, as well as locally both at her studio and in the past on T-shirts for the Windjammer Festival held annually over Labor Day Weekend Norton. Norton was a regular visitor to Rockport Marine as they built the replica of the historic tall ship from the War of 1812 and was inspired by the unusual rigging for the Lynx. The vessel was launched in 2001 in Rockport.

“Topmast, 1812 Privateer Lynx” took six months to paint. It also will be part of an international presentation for the bicentennial celebration of the War of 1812 sponsored by ASMA in conjunction with the British, Canadian and U.S. Navy. Norton’s studio is located at 109 Bay View St. For more information about her art, visit

Bok, also of Camden, is better known as a folk musician but has been a woodcarver for more than 30 years. His bas-relief carvings celebrate the people, boats and fisheries he knew growing up on the coast of Maine. “Carrier and Seiner” features a sardine carrier and a herring seiner rafting up. Bok’s works have been featured in shows at Harbor Square Gallery in Rockland and the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport. He recently donated a bronze casting of his woodcarving “Handsome on the Car” to the island of Isle au Haut in commemoration of islanders Jack and Belvia MacDonald, whose fishing vessel Handsome is depicted in the carving.

“Carrier and Seiner” is currently on view at the Parent Gallery in Belfast until it goes on tour with the ASMA National Exhibit. For more information about Bok’s art, visit his website at

Krupinski of South Thomaston is a Fellow in ASMA, with a dual career as a maritime artist as an author and illustrator of 27 books for children. She has won numerous awards in both fields. Krupinski believes in the importance of preserving images of the maritime waterfront for the future and historical black and white photographs come to life through her paint brush and color. Her painting “Moon Over the Peapod” depicts a scene from 1938 in Owls Head.

Krupinski’s works have been shown in exhibitions from Florida to Maine; have been featured on television and in magazines; and is included in corporate collections owned by MBNA, CT Bank and Trust and Maine Maritime Museum.

“An artist does their best work when they really know their subject. My marine art deals with realism and detail, in oils on canvas,” she said.

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