NORWAY – Sidewalks will be lined with fine art paintings, three-dimensional work in metal, stone, glass and wood, as well as photography, hand printing, lithography, jewelry and fiber arts -courtesy of more than 100 artists from all over New England.

And the downtown will come alive with free performances of dance, puppetry, mime, and wide variety of music spanning reggae, bluegrass and rock to blues, fusion and folk.

It’s all part of the 41st Annual Norway Arts Festival set to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 12, with a rain date of July 13.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Creative Media will showcase a variety of musicians. At 10:30, oldies rock ‘n’ roll trio Act V will play in the new Norway Park at Main and Deering streets, followed by Katey Branch and Jeff Werner showcasing songs from their new album, “Heart Stones.” The Richard Felt Orchestra will perform on the Weary Club Porch from 1 to 3 p.m. The Tantalus Field will begin a one-man jam in Witherill Park from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. After that, Bajaly Suso, a storyteller form West Africa, will play traditional music on the Kora in Norway Park.

Then from 7 to 10 p.m., Mystic Vibes will play its funky sounds at the annual chem-free street dance behind Fare Share Coop in Norway Village. The six-piece, original-roots reggae band from Portland has been performing since 1998. It has headlined the past six Sugarloaf Reggaefests and has performed at the Maine Festival and on Portland-Gorham radio WMPG.

Other festival events include Poets on the Porch, a children’s activities court, the annual Rotary and Kiwanis auction, performances by Art Moves Dance Project; the Finnish-American Society annual yard sale, the Second Congregational Church quilt show and lobster luncheon, the Universalist Church chicken pie luncheon, The Norway Memorial Library book sale, a Norway Historical Society program on the Marigold Tea Room and steam boats, and public suppers.

The lineup of artists represents a greater range of artwork than in recent years of the Norway Sidewalk Art Show, according to organizers of the event co-sponsored by the Western Maine Art Group and Norway Downtown.

Participating artists can vie for more than $5,000 in cash prizes and purchase awards in the juried portion of the show, which will be judged by SAD 17 K-12 art department chairman Ed Stevens and professional photographer Skip Churchill.

Here is a glimpse of the artist roster for the sidewalk show:

Painting and two-dimensional artwork: Diane Hooper, Duncan Slade, Nancy Engdahl, Joan Belucci, Thelma Denlinger, Carol Corriveau, Cynthia Burmeister, Barbara Traficonte, Marvin Jacobs, Beverly Banks, Susan Newkirk-Sanborn, Emmy Andersson, Zakk Maher, Janlee Welch, June Dragoon, Clyde Folsom, Brenda Ellis-Sauro, Ron Hamilton, Liz Evans, Frank Dinsmore, Paul Boucher, Cheryl Johnson, Ardys Arlin, Ellen O’Neill, C. J. Carr, Ruth Carlson-Friberg, Joanna Reese, Erica Carson, Heather Westleigh, Don Gouin, Terry O’Maley, Frost Farm Gallery, Rose Wood, the Commons Art Collective, Pam Morra, Melissa Prince and Jim Dover

Fiber art: Seven Gables Rug Hooking, Hanna Grenier, Jonathan James, Natalie Reed, Grace McKivergan and, Jacalyn Lynch and Janice Kimball-King

Photography: Steve Traficonte, The Oxford Hills Camera Club, Janis Hutchins, Johanna Haskell, Pat Gott, Roger L. Stevens, Jr., Robin Lee Priest, Paul Boucher, Jim Donahue, Michael Dyer, Ducan Miller and Zakk Maher

Jewelry: Marilyn Reynolds, Mary Nyman and Elizabeth Stefany, Aquarius 27 and Sheryl Westleigh

Three-dimensional sculpture and pottery: Michael Sauro, Pat Moran, Jo Thomas and Bryony Brett and Ashley Oliver

For performance and vendor information, call Rijah Newell at 890-0545; for artist information and registration, call Aranka Matolcsy at 739-6161. For rain dates, cancellations or more information, visit www.NorwayArtsFestival.org.


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