NORWAY – the Commons Art Collective will host an opening of original and new art, “Art Moves Art,” to celebrate 20 years of the Art Moves Dance Project, conceived and lead by dancer Debi Irons, on Friday, Nov. 7.

The opening is part of a three-venue evening-long gala that will begin with a silent auction at the Art Moves Studio at 13 Cottage St., Norway. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. The dance troupe will perform at 7.

The gala will then move to the Commons, down the street, where this show of art will open. There will be another short performance at about 8 p.m. to commemorate the many years of collaboration and inspiration among the artists in our community.

The celebration will then move to Café Nomad for food and fun.

The art, like Irons herself, promises to be contemporary, experimental, varied and moving. The show will include a small mobile by Nikki Millonzi of Norway. Harrison poet Lisa Moore plans to write a poem right onto the wall that other artists will embellish and color.

Steve Florenz, of Norway, will offer two surprises: “Surf-n-turf-wear” and “suggested improvements to the turtle.” Falmouth painter Judy Schneider is excited to offer something based on nature, seasons, and growth, that is “way out of my usual comfort zone for walls.” Anne Bernard of Bridgton is creating “a kind of 3D gestural line thing in mixed media, including wax,” and much more.

Tickets for the entire gala are available at Books ‘n’ Things for $35 per person and $60 per couple (all but $15 is tax deductible). For more information about Art Moves, go to Admission to the art show opening is free.

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