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Mother-Son to be featured Artists in Norway for month of November

November is family exhibit month in Norway sponsored by the Western Maine Art Group. The featured artists at the Norway Savings Bank Operations Center at 356 Main street for the month are the mother and son artistic team of painter Barbara Traficonte and Photographer Steve Traficonte.

Barbara graduated with a bachelor of fine art from Douglass College, Rutgers University in 1963.  Her major field was studio art and her minor fields were teaching and American literature.  After moving to Maine she continued to take painting classes at the Maine College of Art in Portland.  She now paints and teaches others to paint.  Barbara lives in Waterford, Maine with her husband. Their nest is now empty but their lives are filled with the joy of painting and owning the 100 Aker Wood Frame Shop and Art Supply Store on Main Street in Norway.  Barbara shows her work throughout the state and has won numerous awards. She has studied with the master pastelist Albert Handell and has mentored with him for one year.

“I paint en plein air and also in my studio. Although I enjoy painting still lifes, I am particularly inspired by and attracted to the flowers and landscapes of Maine in all their seasons,” said the artist.

Photographer Steve Traficonte of Oxford is a graduate of St. Lawrence University, with a bachelor of fine art in English/Fine Art. His work has been exhibited since 1995 in the Copley Society of Boston, Boston MA; Washington Street Gallery, Marblehead MA; Camden Falls Gallery, Camden ME, Danforth Gallery, Portland ME; University Southern Maine at L/A campus, Lewiston ME, Lajos Matolcsy Arts Center, Norway ME and in Summer art shows including the Portland Sidewalk Art Show, the South Portland Art in the Park, the Norway Arts Festival and the Bridgton Art Guild's Art in the Park.

“As a photographer endeavoring to create art, I constantly labor to turn my lens beyond the most visible beauty of our surroundings, focusing closer attention on the quiet rhythms of the landscape. Photography has provided a means to reveal the subtle intimations of our natural surroundings. It is a process of patience and thought which has continually led me to discover the magnificence of beauty and lyrical form that often lies just beyond our view. Photography is truly an exciting art form.”

The Western Maine Art Group and Norway Savings Bank teamed up in 2008 to present public art exhibits in the Main-Street-facing windows of the newly renovated Operations Center. Artist members of the Western Maine Art Group are eligible to exhibit. FMI: Contact the Western Maine Art Group at 207-739-6161, or

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