Lucinda Talbot

Oct 29, 2018
Lucinda Talbot

St. George — Lucinda Talbot, a multi-talented painter, gallery owner, therapist and social worker, died at her home Oct. 23, 2018, after a long illness, surrounded by family and friends.

The owner of First Light Gallery grew up in western Michigan and attended Michigan State University, but Talbot found her true home in Maine after moving there in 1969. The state’s rugged Atlantic coastline and mountains inspired her life and painting, including the vibrantly colored abstract landscapes that crowded the walls of her gallery, first in Belfast and then in St. George. Talbot was among the founders of the Art Alliance cooperative in Belfast, and her work was exhibited in venues including the National Small Works Show: An American Landscape.

She was born Lucinda Pontz in Kalamazoo, Mich., March 16, 1944, to parents William M. and Lois E. Pontz. Talbot earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Maine at Farmington after graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and rehabilitation. But even her post-college life was marked by a restless pursuit of knowledge and meaning, and a perceptiveness and empathy that served both her art and her second career. As a therapist and counselor, Talbot devoted herself to helping patients and clients with a range of mental-health and family issues, including substance abuse.

A true spiritual seeker, Talbot’s more arcane enthusiasms sometimes perplexed members of her family, but no one could question her sincerity, her unshakeable belief in human energy, and in the ability of people to grow, heal and love. That seeker’s spirit included Talbot’s trained practice in Reiki healing and Resonance Repatterning. Like many contemporaries who came of age in the '60s, Talbot was a fervent supporter of women’s rights and social causes — and no fan of the Establishment, often regaling family and friends with concerns over the environment or the latest political malfeasance.

Talbot also loved jazz, including a fondness for the pianist Marian McPartland. That self-improving nature led Talbot to labor over difficult jazz charts at her piano, its lid decorated, naturally, with photos of the family and friends she loved.

Talbot is survived by her children, Elizabeth Kopko, Julie Williams and Lawrence Ulrich; sisters Susan Pyke and Barbara Fournier; sons-in-law Richard Williams and Kevin Kopko; and grandchildren John, Alexander, Kathryn, Makayla, Isabella and Bianca.

Talbot’s family will hold a celebration of life in her honor.

Comments (0)
If you wish to comment, please login.