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NORWAY- Western Maine Art Group holds Annual  Meeting   with breakfast included January 29, 2011 in Harper Room 193 Main Street and presents awards.
Awards of achievement and appreciation were  presented  to Sue West for her many years of contribution as Secretary of the group, Tally Decato for the successful revival  of Western Maine Art Group and   her role as President, and  to Aranka Matolcsy for all the hard work and dedication to the group as President and Executive Director.
Key note speakers Terry Stevens And Craig  Whitaker  spoke about the renovation process for the Lajos Matolscy Art Center  detailing the necessary steps for achieving results in  preparing to restore the historic Primary School to its safe and effective use as a cultural center, gallery and meeting place.
Ron Hamilton’s giclee of the Lajos Matolcsy art Center was unveiled as the gift for Capital Fund donations, The 8”x10” copy matted  was slated as a gift for donations of $500.00 and over, and the 4”x6” giclee was slated for gifts  $25.00 and over.
The Fine Art Auction was set for July 15th Barbara Traficonte called  for the best  art  efforts  of the artists of Western Maine Art Group in response to the renovation effort  to raise matching funds for any grants that were being proposed  that day for the future of the art center.
Veronica Cross presented fund raising   efforts  for  both the Fine Art Auction July 15 and the Chair-ity Auction  to be held on the Community Day of the Oxford Hills County Fair in September. Chairs and furniture are presently   available. Interested artist can contact WMAG at 743-7813 to obtain a chair or a piece of furniture to paint. They   can supply their own furniture, and they can email westernmaineartgroup@gmail.com  or visit the WMAG.org website for more information.
Bruce Little discussed the new publication helping the economic growth of  Western  Maine called West Coast Maine to be distributed west of the coastal area to   Freyburg, Bethel , Rangely. The goal is  to deliver more to readers and advertisers with a  huge circulation of 40,000 free copies distributed across a wide area.
In the arena of visibility the artists of WMAG have more opportunities to show art this year . Some of the locations for their  exhibits are: Stephens Memorial  Hospital, Oxford Resort Casino Headquarters, Norway Operations Center, Physical Therapy Office at the Ripley  Building, Edward Jones Office, South Paris, Oxford  Credit Union, Norway  and  the Lajos  Matolcsy  Art Gallery, Norway.
The meeting  ended with a new exhibit schedule, updates for membership applications and a new cycle  for applications   January 1- December 31 to help with bookkeeping.Pictured are recipients of awards  Left to right order Irina Kahn, President presenting Awards of Appreciation to Tally Decato , Aranka Matolscy, and  Sue West ,not pictured. Unveiled was the giclee picture of the Lajos Matolscy Arts Center donated by Ron Hamilton and the giclee work provided and donated  by 100 Aker Wood, matting provided   by Frost Gallery to be used for the capital campaign fund effort to renovate the historic Primary School House.

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