NORWAY — More than 100 artists from Maine and other parts of New England will converge on Main Street on Saturday, July 9, for the 44th annual Norway Arts Festival.

A section will be closed, from 258 to 450 Main St., to allow for a pedestrian mall.

Festival-goers will find fine art paintings, photography, three-dimensional work in metal, stone, glass and wood, as well as, hand printing, lithography, jewelry and fiber arts.

In addition, there will be live music, dance and performance art, Poland Players’ Shakespeare in the Park, Poets on the Porch VIII, a puppet parade and many other events scheduled throughout the day, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For a complete schedule, visit

Artist will vie for cash prizes and purchase awards in the juried portion of the show.

The festival actually begins on Thursday, July 7, with an Art Moves Around performance at 6 p.m., followed by storytelling dance with Karen Montanaro and a one-hour film, “Theater and Inspiration,” about world-renowned mime Tony Montanaro, all at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School.


On Friday, July 8, there will be a used-book sale at the Norway Grange on Whitman Street, from 4 to 7 p.m.; the Rotary and Kiwanis annual auction, from 5 to 9 p.m. at OHCHS; and a street dance with Criss Cross Orchestra, with special guest Dawson Hill and friends and visual disc jockey VJ FOO, from 7 to 10 p.m. behind the Fare Share Co-op. The Criss Cross Orchestra combines traditional native African, American, Caribbean, Cuban, Latin American and European musical styles.

Here is a listing of some of the participating artists:

Painting and two-dimensional art: Duncan Slade, Nancy Engdahl, Cynthia Burmeister, Barbara Traficonte, Marvin Jacobs, Ron Hamilton, Liz Evans, Ellen O’Neill, Irina Kahn, Francoise Lagoutte-Fetchko, Ruth Carlson-Friberg, Frost Farm Gallery, Rose Wood, the Commons Art Collective, Pam Morra and Diana Hertz.

Fiber artists: Brenda Sauro, Debra LaGree, Kim Hamlin, Natalie Reed, Grace McKivergan and Kathy Angel Lee.

Photographers: Daryl-Ann Leonard, Steve Traficonte, The Oxford Hills Camera Club, Johanna Haskell, Roger L. Stevens Jr., Robin Lee Priest, Paul Boucher, Michael Dyer, Ellen Rawding, Bilodeau Photography and Linda L. Panzera Photography.

Jewelry exhibitors: Mary Nyman, Carabassett Valley Jewelry, Stonewood Jewelry, HR Best Design, Paula Farrell, Jewelry Therapy, and Ebb and Flow Creations.

Sculpture and pottery: Michael Sauro with MerMan Metal, Cabin Pottery, Julie Daye with hand-woven pine needle baskets, the woodwork of Nancy Swinton’s WoodWe?, Glass Art by Ken Jorgensen, the fine wood work of Rob Bergman and Bill Koch.

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