Betts Gallery in The Belfast Framer, 96 Main St., will open “Tinker at 80: Looking Back — Moving Ahead,” a mini-retrospective of Norman Tinker’s years as a sculptor, with a First Friday reception Oct. 5 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

This body of work covers a span from 1957 through the present. Photographs of past work will accompany new collages and sculptures to bring us up to Tinker’s present. During the past year, Tinker has been making drawings and collages using some older sculptures as models. This represents a coming together of two-dimensional work with three-dimensional ideas.

“When I turned 79 and began my 80th year last October, I began a self-indulgent process of thinking about what I would like to do to celebrate my 80th birthday. One’s 80th is a real milestone for most people, and should be for me. I soon found myself thinking about a show, something different than a normal show of just recent work,” Tinker said.

Betts Gallery is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 338-6465 or visit

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