Richard Norton, Artist and Advocate, Panel Discussion
Norton was a photojournalist as well as an artist in his own right. He worked for both the Republican Journal and the Waldo Independent from 1978 to1988 and documented the City’s traditional economy based on poultry, fishing, farming and lumber industries. In addition, he photographed local events, high school athletics, the drama and color of local personalities and politics, from the celebratory to the irascible, the tragic and back again.
Norton also pursued street photography in the tradition of Cartier-Bresson, Gary Winogrand and Robert Frank. His spontaneous shots are painterly impressions in rich colorful strokes of people moving swiftly along busy New York and Boston streets. He was the long time president of Art Fellows Gallery, perhaps the first contemporary arts venue in Belfast. He was the chief organizer of what became the famous annual Summer Invitational Exhibit, exclusively featuring work of nationally-known New York and Boston artists in the funky, but loftily re-purposed three-room, second-floor space in the Odd Fellows building.
Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 to 5, Saturdays from 12 to 4 and by appointment. Everyone is welcome to attend the panel and contribute their stories and recollections; suggested donation at the door is $5. The Norton exhibit is supported by many local businesses: Cold Mountain Builders, Bangor Savings Bank, Frank Lehman Tax Services, Darby’s Restaurant, Consumer Fuel, Front Street Shipyard. Sam Mitchell Realtor, the Caldbeck Gallery and the many friends of Richard Norton. For more information, visit www.waterfallarts.org, call 338-2222 or stop by the gallery.
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