NORWAY — A variety of 100-year-old Grange chairs, donated to the Western Maine Art Group by Suzanne Grover, have been artfully hand-painted by a dozen artists. These chairs now adorned with original designs of flowers, woodland, animals, and water and other scenes will be auctioned Friday, July 31.

Among the artists are Jose Garcia, Kathy Kennedy, Barbara Traficonte, Guy Prestia, Lios Witham, Emmy Andersson, Pam Morra, Ron Hamilton, Aranka Matolcsy and Ryan Dean. In addition, a donated watercolor done by WMAG founder Lee Bean will be auctioned.

“These chairs are gorgeous and each one tells its own story. One of the artists even found a photo from the late 1800s wedged into a crack on the side of the chair which he preserved to go along with the chair when it is auctioned. These pieces of unique art will truly become treasures to their new owners,” said WMAG Director Aranka Matolcsy.

The chairs are on display in the windows of the Norway Savings Bank Operation Center.

Fine food and drink will be served at the gala fundraising event beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Lajos Matolcsy Arts Center, 480 Main St. There will also be a silent auction of art and other items.

Tickets are $25 per person. All proceeds will go toward the operation of the nonprofit WMAG and the maintenance if its gallery and teaching space. For more information, visit, e-mail [email protected] or call 739-6161.

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