NORWAY – Frost Farm Gallery will hold a First Friday reception Friday, June 5, for an exhibit featuring the artistry of and live demonstrations by the Streaked Mountain Wood Carvers, with live acoustic music by Brad Hooper.
Whimsical caricatures, birds, animals, fish and signs, all carved from wood, will grace the gallery and grounds for this free event.
Since its formation in 2001, the Streaked Mountain Wood Carvers club has grown to 25 or more carvers. In 2001, the group’s membership increased enough to become a chapter of Maine Wood Carvers Association, the largest carving organization in Maine.
Each summer for the past four years, SMWC has demonstrated and exhibited the art of wood carving at the Maine Wild Life Park in Gray and at Willow Brook Museum in Newfield.
Members of the group who will present their work and be on hand for demonstrations are Chuck Perry of Raymond and Roswell, Ga.; Dave Peatfield and Clarence French, both of Norway; Laura Freeman and Matt Burke, both of Paris; Jim Irish of Auburn; Friis of Poland; and Bob Perry of Sumner.
Hooper is a longtime member and lead vocalist for the Ball Brothers Band. He recently released his first solo album, “Midnight at the Hilltop Hotel,” a compilation of original songs that have been around for as long as 20 years. The songs reference the small-town working man’s stories in an edgy, often brutally honest venue.
The reception will be from 5 to 8 p.m. at the gallery in the Frost farm, 272 Pikes Hill.
The SMWC exhibit and sale will continue through Saturday, June 27. First Friday art openings at Frost Farm Gallery are in conjunction with the Matolcsy Arts Center, the Commons Art Collective, McLaughlin Garden, Norway Memorial Library and Painted Mermaid Gallery. For more information, call 743-8041.


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