NORWAY — Visitors to Norway Memorial Library can enjoy a glass case display of handmade linens, Easter eggs, and sparkling beaded flowers by Polly Glavine.

Marilyn “Polly” Glavine is a Maine native. She was married to the love of her life Jack, who is now deceased, for 67 years. She is a mother of two. Polly is a vibrant and much-loved member of her extended family and community. Born and educated in rural Somerset county, Polly’s life was filled with travel, living from the East Coast to the West Coast and back during Jack’s long aerospace career.

She is fascinated with art, literature, gardening, and nature. She has embraced numerous personal artistic pursuits with great passion and dedication. At 91, Polly plays a significant role in her community at Schooner Estates in Auburn. Her friends are continually amazed at her seemingly unending energy and vibrancy.

Polly’s art seems to have evolved as a tribute to early Americana. A prolific painter, her favorite themes are the homesteads-some historical-of hers and Jack’s and their extended family. Then too, she immersed herself in the historical crafts that decorated those lovely homes. She taught herself how to make intricate, beaded bouquets, following patterns from books of that period. She has also hand-painted dozens and dozens of Easter eggs. She paints free-form on wooden eggs, and their designs emerge and take form with originality.

An expert seamstress and embroiderer, she has made beautiful christening gowns for her babies. She has sewed beautiful tablecloths, placemats, and napkins for her home. She has gifted most of her art and crafts to many friends, family, and neighbors. Polly was a popular Portland history docent at the Victoria Mansion in Portland for thirteen years.

This display is on view whenever the library is open during March and April. Wednesday, April 12, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the library, a free talk and demonstration will be presented by the artist on the crafts of beading and Easter egg painting. Norway Memorial Library is located at 258 Main Street, Norway. Call 207-743-5309 or visit for more information.

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