Jo Northrop Thomas

Artist & Sculptor


  • 35 Rifuma Way, Norway, Maine  04268
  • (423)580-2270
  • jonorthropthomas @

Jo has divided her time between Ooltewah, Tennessee and Norway, Maine, since December of 2000.  She is originally from New York.Jo Thomas

The award winning artist has had her paintings and sculptures featured at the University of Wisconsin.  In Maine, she has exhibited at Frost Farm Gallery, the Lajos Matolcsy Center, and the Main Street Gallery in Norway, and at McLaughlin Gardens in South Paris.  In Georgia, she has exhibited at the Harris Art Center in Calhoun, the Colonnade, and Ringgold Art & Frame Gallery in Ringgold, the Tunnel Hill Heritage Center in Tunnel Hill, and Michael’s Fine Arts & Framing in Dalton. In Tennessee, she has exhibited at Reflections Gallery, the 1401 Gallery, Food Works Restaurant, and the Eastgate Towne Center in Chattanooga, and at the North River Civic Center in Hixson.

Jo graduated from the McConnell Business School in Minneapolis, and attended the University of New York at Potsdam, the University of Southern Maine, the University of Maine at Augusta, and the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, majoring in Fine Arts.  Perhaps her fondest love of art and sculpture was inspired when she had the opportunity to travel and study in London, Vienna, Florence, Rome, Paris, Barcelona and Madrid in 1975 and 1976.

Jo has been the art director for the Civic Arts League, Inc. in Chattanooga since 2006.  She is also a member of the Western Maine Art Group in Norway, Maine, and a founding member of an ‘en plein air’ group, “The Outdoor Girls.”  Since 2009, she has hosted a week-long ‘en plein air’ paint-out on the coast of Maine with artists from Tennessee, Georgia, Maine and New Hampshire.

Her recent collage work, which will be on display at the Main Street Gallery, is composed of ripped pieces of tissue paper, white birch bark, and newspaper.  The tissue paper is treated with acrylic paint and dried in the sun.  She has won several first place awards for this art form.



“Nature’s Candy” won first place and a purchase award at the 2016 Norway Arts Festival

 #36 White Birch Series - Vermont Sunset - 15 x 30

#33 White Birch Series - Tequila Sunrise - 40 x 30