CAMDEN — The Camden Public Library and artist Colin Page, owner of the Page Gallery on Bay View Street, are working together to design a unique event called “Camden on Canvas.” The event, to be held throughout town July 30 to August 1, is to benefit the Library’s Campaign for the Future.
Twenty notable New England landscape artists will paint, en plein air, at various times and locations in Camden and the surrounding area from Friday, July 30, until noon on Sunday, August 1. A Camden on Canvas information tent will be located in Harbor Park across from the Camden Public Library on Atlantic Avenue. There, the public will be able to find more information about the participating artists and acquire a map to the locations where they may be painting.
The fresh paintings that are created over the weekend will be on exhibit, free and open to the public, on Sunday, August 1, from 1 to 3 p.m., in the Camden Amphitheatre. Everyone is invited to stroll through this scenic National Historic Landmark to view the new works.
A ticketed Reception & Live Auction will be held Sunday, August 1, from 4 to 6 p.m., in the Camden Amphitheatre, when the paintings from the weekend will be sold. Participants will enjoy music by Windfern Ensemble and partake of light hors d’oeuvres by Stone Cove Catering. Auctioneer Kaja Veilleux of Thomaston Place Auction Galleries will kick-off the bidding at 5 p.m. Tickets for the Reception & Live Auction can be purchased online for $75 each at the Library’s event website librarycamden.org/CamdenOnCanvas or by calling 207-236-3440.
Proceeds from Camden on Canvas will be shared equally between the artists and the Camden Public Library’s Campaign for the Future.
“The Campaign for the Future will help us ensure that our library remains the vibrant center of our town’s public life, in times of need and times of abundance,” said Nikki Maounis, library director, in a news release. “We are a community that creates young readers, inspires lifelong learning, and is graced by a building and parks that have earned the distinction of being a National Historic Landmark. We look forward to hosting this vibrant and artistic event at the Library.
“Special thanks to Magnum Opus Lead Sponsor Ken Gardiner, Edward Jones Investments – Camden, and Colin Page of Page Gallery for the exceptional support,” said the Library. “The Library is also grateful to Masterpiece sponsors Allen Insurance and Financial, Lyman-Morse, RE/MAX Jaret & Cohn, and Viking, Inc.”
A complete list of artists, supporters, and events can be found at librarycamden.org/CamdenOnCanvas.