The Belfast Maskers have postponed their August 13 Gala Art Auction at The Bazz out of consideration for public safety. Waldo County is now on 'High Alert' status requiring masks to be worn in public indoor group settings. The theater group hopes to reschedule the fundraiser in September or October, according to Maskers, in a news release. FMI: 207-619-3256.
BELFAST — The Belfast Maskers are inviting patrons to “Eat, Drink and Buy Art” at their Gala Art Auction, Friday evening, August 13, from 6 - 8 p.m., at The Bazz. The fundraiser will benefit the Basil Burwell Community Theater, 17 Court Street – home to the Maskers and available to other performing artists.
Affordable artwork by the late Gary Hinte and many noted local artists has been donated for the event, according to Maskers, in a news release. There will be refreshments, live music and a silent auction during the social hour, followed by a live auction at 7 p.m., conducted by celebrity auctioneer, Mayor Eric Sanders. One hundred percent of auction sales will benefit The Bazz.
Hinte, who proclaimed himself the “World’s Greatest Artist,” spent sixty years painting murals and sets in Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Mexico and Belfast. He was known for telling stories with oil paint in dramatic landscapes, whimsical and political themes, and fabulous theatrical art. Over the course of 5 years, Hinte created dozens of atmospheric images and set pieces for the Maskers plays. In 2018, Gary and his wife, Carol, moved to Cuernavaca, Mexico, where Hinte lost his life to Covid-19 early this year. The paintings up for auction were his legacy to the theater that he so passionately supported.
"Gary loved the Belfast Maskers and the community that surrounds it,” said Sasha Kutsy, Belfast Maskers President of the Board. “During his time with us he, and his wife Carol, worked tirelessly to get our non-profit organization to a place where we could obtain a home (theater) of our own."
Kutsy announced that one hundred percent of auction sales will go to the Basil Burwell Community Theater, which was named for the man who co-founded the Belfast Maskers in 1987.
Many local artists have also donated artwork for the auction, including Stew Henderson, Neil Parent, Gail Wartell, David Estey, Liv Kristin Robinson, Nell Moore, Kris Engman, Jerri Finch, Lee Parent, Mark Kelly, Penny Lin, Susan Tobey White, Colette Shumate Smith, and Ed Nadeau.
Also available are restaurant gift certificates and personal offerings such as a sailboat ride with Captain Tom Maycock and a Tamale-making cooking class with Wendy Schweikert.
Patrons may drop-in for an art preview at the theater Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 11 and 12, from 3 - 6 p.m.
Only 100 tickets will be sold for the evening, $10 each, available online at www.belfastmaskers.com/events