Waterfall Arts’ big summer exhibit, Richard Norton Belfast: 1978-1988 and Invitational opens Friday June 14th with a public reception from 5 to 8 pm. Over one hundred of Norton’s hand printed black and white photo-journalistic images of Belfast and Waldo County taken between 1978 through 1988 and a selection of his large kinetic color photographs are included in the show. The exhibit also features contemporary work of a number of artists who were Norton’s friends from mid-coast Maine.
Norton (1947-1988) was a central figure in the art and journalism world of Belfast and Waldo County in the 1980’s. His interest in people and skill in photography landed him a job in 1980 at the Republican Journal. In 1985, he helped found the Waldo Independent, where he distinguished himself as the chronicler of local life. For years, he was always there for local events, the escapades of high school athletics, the drama and the color of local personalities and politics, from the celebratory to the irascible, the tragic and back again.