NORWAY — More than 130 artists converged on Main Street for the largest Norway Sidewalk Art Show in its 42-year history. Duncan E. Slade took Best of Show for his oil painting of Paris Street in Norway, marked the 30-year anniversary of his first best of show win at the 12th annual Norway Sidewalk Art Show in 1979. 

More than $4,200 was given to artists in 17 awards, including cash awards chosen by judges as well as purchase and choice awards during the annual Norway Arts Festival. A panel of three judges made their decisions at the exhibit in the Western Maine Art Group’s Gallery, the Lajos Matolcsy Arts Center. Denmark Arts Center Director Carol Rhoads, Artist Suzanne Hardy and SAD 17 Art Educator Nancy Marcotte awarded the following: 

Artists Awards

Painting: Best of Show, Duncan E. Slade, Norway; second, Francois Fetchko, Bryant Pond; third, Pam Morra, Norway.

Photography: Best of Show, Ed Stevens, Bridgton; second, Michael Dyer, Dresden.

3-D: Best of Show, Thomas Cote, Limestone.

Fiber art: Best of Show, Roland Simard, Shelburne, N.H.

Jewelry: Best of Show, Amanda Martin, Freeport; Lajos and Claire Matolcsy Memorial Award, Terry O’Maley, Troy; Oxford Hills Chamber Director’s Choice, Jo Thomas, Norway; Norway Business Association, Thomas Cote.

Purchase Awards: Julie Peterson and Roy Gedat, Roland Simard; Norway Savings Bank, Liz Evans, West Paris; Matolcsy Family, L.C. Garden Art, Burnham; Anonymous, Marvin Jacobs, Belmont; Lisa Moore Appreciation Award, Michelle James, Sanford; Paris Farmers Union, Michael Dyer. 

Two Norway residents took advantage of an innovative program, the merchant free art raffle award, supported by Norway merchants that featured a free art drawing. The winners chose a piece of art from any exhibitor worth $200. Pat Martin of Norway found her winning ticket at the Village Gift Barn and choose the art of Thelma Denlinger, also of Norway. Cheryln Gates found her winning ticket at Days Gone By and choose the art work of Jo Thomas, also of Norway.

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