Norton’s work in the Big Apple

Nov 09, 2012
Camden artist Linda Norton’s watercolor “Tender J. & E. Riggin” juried into a New York City show … and survived Hurricane Sandy.

Camden — One of local artist Linda Norton’s most recent works was selected for exhibition in the prestigious Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club’s 116th Annual Open Exhibition in New York City during October. The jury consisted of national and internationally known artists and museum curators and was judged on technical skill and creativity.

Norton’s entry for this exhibition was “Tender J. & E. Riggin,” a watercolor portrait of the schooner J. & E. Riggin’s yawl boat, Black Beauty. Norton said she was entranced by the contrast between the soft tones of the drying sail against the bright work and sparkling black of the tender. Late word is that the painting survived Hurricane Sandy and will be on its way back to the Midcoast soon. The painting must reflect the rugged seaworthy pedigree of its subject.

Black Beauty was launched in 2001. Built in Rockland for the express purpose of being both tender and tug boat to the Maine windjammer J. & E. Riggin, it is cedar with oak framing and much of the hard wood is oiled to show off the wood's beauty. It was custom designed and built by Capt. Jon Finger and well-known shipwright Tom Bournival.

Local visitors and maritime enthusiasts are welcome to visit Linda Norton’s Studio at 109 Bay View St.; the studio is open during the fall and winter by appointment or by chance. When she is not on or near the water, Norton is busy working in her studio. She currently has 12 pieces on the easel at various stages of development and many completed works for viewing in the studio.

For more information, call 230-0129 or visit Her work also can be viewed at the Ducktrap Bay Trading Company, 20 Main St./Route 1.

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

Comments (1)
Posted by: Clarence Keller | Nov 09, 2012 14:38

Congratulations Linda... a wonderful piece of artwork !

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