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Painting donated to local church


By Ariadne Winquist/Schuldt

Roger Norton, husband of the late local artist Pat Norton, has donated a meaningful painting from Pat’s collection to the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church.

The painting depicts a small church on Neebish Island that they attended.

Roger met Pat Cook, one of 12 children raised in a lighthouse on Neebish Island, in Sault Ste Marie, while he was attending college at Northern Michigan. Neebish Island is located on the St. Mary’s River.

Roger brought Pat back to Cedar Springs, where she graduated from high school, and they were married. They had three children, and they all attend CSUMC.

To help with finances, Pat became a renowned beautician in the area, who enjoyed painting on the side. Painting got into her blood, and when Roger got a teaching job in the Sault, they moved from Cedar Springs back to her home area, where she painted full time. She was an acclaimed artist, known for her lighthouses and ships. However, she also became known in many other areas, such as flowers and portraits.

On top of teaching, Roger also had a part time job just framing her work. Pat also held classes in her studio in the Sault and Wisconsin. Her paintings have been juried award winners all over the United States.

Pat often painted a mood or a feeling of a freighter rather than the exact detail and developed a technique unique to her best work.

She was a great teacher, and died in 2001 at the age of 70. 

Roger’s parents, Harold and Florence, were Cedar Springs natives and had two children, Roger and Alice. Alice Norton Powell Anderson is also a well-known artist in the area.

Pat’s work will be dedicated on Sunday, July 1, at the CSUMC and will also be on display at the Cedar Springs Public Library in the near future.

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