Meet the Team: Kathleen Norton

Kathleen was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Northern Virginia where from a very early age, she loved art and creativity. Some of her earliest memories are finger painting and this appreciation of art has been a constant thread throughout her life. She received two masters degrees at The College of William & Mary in Elementary Education and Special Education. She applied this training as an elementary school teacher for over twenty years, working primarily with fourth and sixth graders.  Kathleen loved working with students to encourage and foster their creativity.  She is also a history buff who strives to tie historical events to specific periods of art history and works of art. She especially loves Jervis Mcentee’s , Flight of the Birds, 1866, in the Farnsworth collection for this reason.  Kathleen served four years active duty in the U.S. Army where she spent a year in South Korea. She served eight additional years in the Active Reserve.. Kathleen was in the Transportation Corps and loved to learn that Ashley Bryan also served in the Transportation Corps.

Kathleen was introduced to Maine by a friend in the late 1980s. It wasn’t until 2015 when she was considering retirement locations, that she began annual visits, returning regularly to Camden. She decided to make Mid Coast Maine her permanent home, settling in Thomaston. In December, 2021, she joined the docent team. Kathleen recalls fondly meeting a visitor whose cousin owned the boat featured in Andrew Wyeth’s Goodbye, 2008.  This cousin also happened to be a veterinarian and was asked by Andrew and Betsy Wyeth to check on their sheep, which he happily did. He was offered homemade maple syrup as a ‘thank you’.  Such stories of connection are some of Kathleen’s favorite aspects of living in Maine. When she is not at the Farnsworth, Kathleen might be in her garden, walking her dog, Griffin, reading historical fiction or any book related to World War II history.

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