William North, in Memoriam
Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park's
First Artist in Residence
In January 2007, Lois Cantwell, president of the park’s citizen support organization and Robert Steiger, Park Manager of Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park announced that William North was selected to be the first artist in residence on the basis of the quality and appropriateness of his work and his long history of painting on location at the park. The artist had painted at the park for more than ten years and was the inspiration for the first park art exhibitions.
North, who was 79 at the time, was humbled by the title. They've been wonderful to me over the years, he said. I'm honored, very honored. This is certainly a high point in my career.
William North (b 1927) painted in oils for more than 60 years. Hewas a graduate of Pratt Institute (BFA, 1951) and attended the Art Students League in New York and the Lyme Academy of Fine Art in Connecticut.
Over the years he was represented in many galleries including recently in Naples, Sanibel and Bonita Springs. His work is in the permanent collection of the Naples Art Association and he was the first Lee County artist to be invited to exhibit in the Governor’s Gallery in the State Capital. His oil paintings were featured in the Wm. North Gallery in Gannon’s Antiques & Art Center, 16521 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers.