Linda Norton’s “Top Mast Privateer Lynx – 1812” is back in town just in time for the Camden Windjammer Festival. The award-winning painting has returned from touring the country over the last two years as part of the 15th National Exhibition of the American Society of Marine Artists. During the painting’s Camden stop, it can be viewed at the Ducktrap Bay Trading Company, 20 Main St.

The respite is brief, as “Lynx” has been selected to tour the country again as part of the American Society of Marine Artists 1812 – Star Spangled Nation Exhibit. It will be traveling from Sept. 12 through the end of 2014 and will visit the Buffalo History Museum, Buffalo, N.Y.; the Detroit Public Library, Michigan; the Connecticut River Museum, Essex; the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Vergennes, Vt.; and Baltimore’s Star-Spangled Flag House.

Her prior ports of call accounting for her first 6,000 miles were the Cornell Museum of Art and American Culture, Delray Beach, Fla.; the Mobile Museum of Art, Ala.; the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont; the Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi; the Museum of the Southwest, Midland, Texas; the Haggin Museum, Stockton, Calif.; the Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, Ore.; and the Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona.

The ship itself has important ties to the Midcoast area. The reproduction of the 1812-era vessel was built by Rockport Marine and launched in 2001. At the time, it was the largest shipbuilding project ever undertaken by Rockport Marine and was the first square-rigged vessel built in the area since 1885. For more information on Lynx, visit and

Midcoast visitors and maritime enthusiasts are welcome to visit Norton’s studio at 109 Bay View St. The studio is open through the summer by appointment or by chance. For more information, call 230-0129; email or visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or