Over 200 people gathered in Camden’s historic amphitheater for the Camden on Canvas live auction, raising over $55,000 to benefit the Camden Public Library’s Campaign for the Future, on 31 July. Participants bid on 20 freshly created plein-air paintings by Maine and New England Artists. The auction capped off a full outdoor weekend that saw locals and visitors interact with artists painting outdoors in Camden and Rockport, then browse the display of completed works in the amphitheater, according to a press release from the library.
“Our community has been enriched by having the opportunity to come together to appreciate one-of-a-kind paintings, featuring local scenes that are close to our hearts, all to benefit this remarkable library,” said Nikki Maounis. , general manager of the library. “Funds raised will go directly to building the library’s long-term ability to nurture young readers, foster lifelong learning, and support our historic building and parks. We couldn’t be happier.
Artist Peter Yesis won the highest bid of $9,500 for “Shirttail Point Park.” Other participating painters included Alison Hill, Jill Hoy, Jonathan McPhillips, Nathaniel Meyer, Matthew Russ, George Van Hook and Camden on Canvas collaborator Colin Page of Page Gallery. Proceeds from the auction were shared between the artists and the library. The paintings can be viewed on the library’s Facebook and Instagram pages.
“Library supporters have given their all to make Camden on Canvas a particularly successful fundraiser, often outbidding themselves well above the retail value of a painting,” Page said. “It was a pleasure to be part of it.”
Camden on Canvas was coordinated in partnership with Page Gallery, with support from lead sponsor Ken Gardiner, Edward Jones Investments – Camden. The Library is also grateful to the many sponsors, volunteers, bidders, artists and all who participated in this momentous event.
For more information, visit librarycamden.org.
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