The Norway Arts Festival continues this year’s festival theme as “Honoring Duncan E. Slade.” Duncan E. Slade, who died in 2013, was a prominent local artist and art teacher. In his later years, he maintained a studio on Main Street in Norway.
On Thursday, July 6, the Western Maine Art Group will host an exhibit of Duncan Slade paintings at the Matolcsy Art Center, 480 Main Street, with a reception from 5 to 7 PM, featuring seldom-seen Slade paintings on loan from private collections, with a personal reminiscence for each painting. The exhibit will remain open throughout the festival; from 5 to 9 Friday and from 9 to 4 Saturday. This will be a rare opportunity to see such a large collection of the artist’s work.
On Friday, July 7, at 7pm in the First Universalist Church, 479 Main Street, a free performance of an original play based on Slade’s life will be offered to the public. The play, More to Come, takes place in three short scenes that represent Slade as a Marine pilot, a middle school art teacher, and an elderly painter in his Main Street studio in Norway. Three well-known local actors will portray Slade at the three distinct phases of his life. Lisa Moore of Harrison, the playwright, knew Slade well during the latter years of his life, and was the recipient of many of his stories, songs, musings, and reminiscences. This is Moore’s first original drama. “Duncan would have adored all this attention,” Moore says. “He would love bringing the community together to celebrate his life and work.”
The 2017 Norway Arts Festival will run from July 6 through July 8. As usual, Main Street will be closed from 9 to 4, Saturday, to create a pedestrian mall for exhibitors and performers.
The Norway Arts Festival is sponsored by the Western Maine Art Group and Norway Downtown. The Norway Arts Festival is grateful for the support of Duncan E. Slade’s family, including his son, Duncan W. Slade and his wife, Gayle J. Fraas, both artists from Edgecomb, Maine, and Duncan’s daughter, social worker Diane Slade, of Napa, California.