Behind the orange door

Published 10:14 am Thursday, October 1, 2015

NEW TROY, Mich. — The public is invited to an open house and reception at Behind the Orange Door Studio from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, to enjoy refreshments while viewing a collection of paintings of New Troy by artist Phyllis Norris.

In 2015, Norris rented studio space from the town’s community center because of its convenience and cost, but quickly found herself inspired by the tiny town’s charm. She and her easel soon became a familiar sight to residents.

Described as folk art by the proud owner of her first New Troy work — a rendering of the post office and new StarFlower Hair Lounge — the works reflect Norris’ unique interpretation of the town’s primary structures.

These original paintings, as well as reproductions on notecards and postcards, will be offered for sale during the open house, with a portion of every sale to be donated to Friends of New Troy, the non-profit organization that pays for and maintains the town’s community center. Norris has also given the organization permission to reprint and sell these notecards and postcards to benefit the center.

The community center will be open for tours during Norris’ open house, while across the street, Tashiana Chrysanthus will also hold an open house at her new StarFlower Hair Lounge.

Behind the Orange Door Studio is located inside the New Troy Community Center — in the room with the orange door — at 13372 California Road, New Troy. For more information, call Phyllis Norris at (765) 617-3653.