Demonstration Artist of the Month is multi-faceted Norton

October 30, 2013
Santa Paula News

By Peggy Kelly 

Santa Paula Times 

An award-winning artist familiar to Santa Paulans will show her unique technique at Sunday’s meeting of the Santa Paula Society of the Arts.

As always the public is invited to the November 3 regular meeting of the SPSA, held at the Upper Gallery of the historic Depot located on the corner of 10th and Santa Barbara streets.  

The meeting is from 2 to 4 p.m. with light refreshments served at the break.  

President Kaye Ford will conduct the short business meeting before Minnie Millett presents the Demonstration Artist of the Month Gwenlyn Norton, who will share her use of colored pencils with the SPSA and guests.

Described as a “born artist,” Gwenlyn created works of art at an early age, using items found in the garden, around the home and from school supplies.  

According to Virginia Gunderson of the SPSA, “With such a compelling calling, Gwenlyn continues to produce artwork in a variety of mediums, from oils, glass and colored pencils to mixed media, which may all be in process at the same time.   

After completing two years as a student of art at California State University at Channel Islands, Gunderson said Gwenlyn “Has exploded onto the art scene by participating in over 75 exhibitions around the United States and winning numerous awards.”

And that includes taking the 1st Place People’s Choice Award for Mixed Media winner at the 2005 68th Annual Santa Paula Art & Photography Show. Her work has been recognized at the Laredo Center for the Arts International Juried Exhibition, Ironstone Vineyards, National Orange Show, the Placerville-based Mother Lode National Art Exhibition and Ventura County Fair, among others.

The previous owner of a successful graphic business, Gwenlyn remains a professional calligrapher. She finds herself constantly studying different art subjects and methodologies, from abstract oils to sculpturing, colored pencil to yarn. Norton creates arts from all things including tile, thread, foil leaf, paper, fibers, shells, old jewelry, beads, photography, manipulation of digital images, tole paints, wood and much more.

A multifaceted artist who keeps experimenting, Norton is a native Californian who admits that art takes over her mind and body to create the flow of creativity. 

She has described herself as “so focused, so single minded, so dedicated, so directed, so determined, so utterly consumed by spending as much time and energy as I’m able to building, to experimenting with materials, with color, with texture...driven to see what happens, what develops, what results from my actions and to experience the excitement, the humor, the rewards, the challenges of completing the project to its very end, climax.” 

Said Gwenlyn, “To be able to stand there and say ‘It’s finished’ is a high.”

For further information about the Santa Paula Society of the Arts visit or call 805-525-1104.

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