Linda Norton’s watercolors of Camden and other coastal scenes will be on display at Camden Public Library during the month of August. There will be an opening reception for the local artist Saturday, Aug. 2, at 2 p.m. The sea and the Maine coast have been deeply engrained in Norton’s mind and heart since early childhood, she said. As a child, she spent summers in her grandparents’ home in Camden. Her mother’s family had settled in 1769 on the Fox Islands, now called Vinalhaven and North Haven.

“My love of Maine and Penobscot Bay are fundamental to my interests, talent and artistic achievements,” said Norton, whose maritime art is in the style of realism but with a subtle sense of passion and power.

Norton learned through decades of experimentation, calling art a continuing lesson, “a challenge to the eye, mind and hand to control your chosen medium.” Watercolor is hers as she attempts to depict the moods and elements of the sea.

“I want the viewer to become a friend and partner in my voyage, to feel the fog, hear the bell buoys, follow the lighthouses and know the tilt of the deck as we sail the seas together,” she said.

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