NORWAY — November is the Western Maine Art Group’s family exhibit month, featuring the mother-and-son team of painter Barbara Traficonte and photographer Steve Traficonte.
Barbara graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree from Douglass College, Rutgers University in 1963. Her major field was studio art with a minor in teaching and American literature. After moving to Maine, she continued to take painting classes at the Maine College of Art in Portland. The Waterford resident now paints and teaches others to paint, and with her husband owns the 100 Aker Wood Frame Shop and Art Supply Store on Main Street. She shows her work throughout the state and has won numerous awards.
“I paint en plein air and also in my studio. Although I enjoy painting still lifes, I am particularly inspired by and attracted to the flowers and landscapes of Maine in all their seasons,” Barbara said.
Steve, of Oxford, graduated from St. Lawrence University with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and English. His work has been exhibited since 1995 in galleries in Boston and Marblehead, Mass.; as well as Camden, Portland, Lewiston, Norway, Summer and Bridgton.
“As a photographer endeavoring to create art, I constantly labor to turn my lens beyond the most visible beauty of our surroundings, focusing closer attention on the quiet rhythms of the landscape,” Steve said.
Photography has provided a means to reveal the subtle intimations of our natural surroundings. It is a process of patience and thought which has continually led me to discover the magnificence of beauty and lyrical form that often lies just beyond our view,” he said. “Photography is truly an exciting art form.”
Their works will be shown at Norway Savings Bank’s operations center at 356 Main St. For more information, call 739-6161; or visit www.westernmaineartgroup.org or [email protected]