Norway photographer to be featured at festival

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NORWAY – Norway’s famous photographer, Miss Minnie Libby, is the subject of this year’s Sidewalk Arts Festival; and the Norway Historical Society has made special arrangements to bring her life and works back into focus for all to appreciate. Either on its own or in conjunction with other local organizations, the society is sponsoring the following special events for the festival:

“The Cottage Studio Revisited.” After having vanished so many years ago, Minnie Libby’s “Cottage Studio” will reopen at the historical society, 471 Main St,, from 10 a.m. to 2 o,n, Saturday, July 7. Dressed in her usual men’s knickers and jacket, Miss Libby herself, as reincarnated by Sally Jones, will have her camera. The cost per photo is modest, and the proceeds will benefit the society.

“Minnie’s Art on Display.” View the society’s exhibition of its collection of Miss Libby’s drawings, paintings, post cards and photographs. Although much of her work remains in private hands, the society has many of Miss Libby’s creations, as well as other information and memorabilia relating to her life and works.

These will be on public display at the society’s museum from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 7. The society is also open from 9 a.m. until noon every Saturday, so those who miss the festival may stop by to see Libby’s work any time they are able. Additional items by or about Libby will be on display at the Norway Memorial Library throughout the festival.

“New and Very Special.” The first ever limited, commemorative poster for the festival to honor its historical focus, Minnie Libby. This is a limited, hand numbered edition of 100 posters.

The posters feature a photo of “Cottage Studio” and various images of Libby throughout her life. They also display a rare signed drawing. The legend on the back of each poster identifies the images and describes the life and accomplishments of the artist. The posters will be sold for $20 each, with proceeds to benefit the society. Additional posters in a series honoring Norway’s notables are planned for next year’s festival as well.

“Minnie Morsels for Mega Appetites.” The society’s annual Sidewalk Arts Festival bake sale will be open to all who are able to stop by the museum on Main Street between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, or until “Minnie’s Morsels” last. All who wish to donate items for the sale are asked to drop them off between 9 and 10 a.m. Saturday.

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