Paint Bangor and live wet paint auction
Every year the Bangor Art society hosts a “Plein-air” paint-out in Bangor. Plein-air is a term that means a process of painting out of doors. This is when an artist sets up her easel with a canvas outside and creates a painting on site. Around the state of Maine numerous communities hold “Paint-outs” during one specific day followed that evening with a live auction:Blue Hill Library sponsors a “paint the peninsula” event in July; Waldoboro, Castine, and Cape Elizabeth land trust hosts paint-outs during the summer. Also, the city of Eastport holds an event over Labor day weekend in September.
Several years ago the city of Bangor created a month long celebration of the Arts by designating October as ARTober. Following suit, the oldest art society in the nation, the Bangor Art Society, invites artists, painters and photographers, and any two dimensional artist to create art plein-air around the Bangor area to promote local artists. This year people could produce their art from October 1st thru October 17th. Then on Tuesday, October 17th at 193 Exchange Street, part of the new “Bangor Arts Exchange”, the masterpieces that have been created will be auctioned with local television news caster Craig Colson of WVii Channel 7/Fox 22 Bangor as the live auctioneer!
Plein-air around town
A day in the life of a plein-air painter can be witnessed during the next few days around Bangor before the auction. Possibly you may have seen artists working their craft already this month. For example, Helena Bosse of Milford was out painting in front of Zen Restaurant down town Bangor a week ago. Obrianna and Landon Cornelius of Hampden were painting at Kenduskeag stream this weekend. I have painted on the 9th hole of the Bangor Municipal golf course and painted out on the soon to be replaced old section of the Orono Bog. Alison Dibble of Winter Harbor will be at the “Queen”/Thomas Hill Standpipe on Tuesday. Keep your eyes out for more artists!
So many places to paint, so little time
The most popular spots in the Bangor Area to paint are the Thomas Hill Stand Pipe, also known as the “Queen”, the Kenduskeag, Hannibal Hamlin’s statue in the park by UMMA and Paddy Murphy’s. This year artists are branching out to capture businesses in Kenduskeag Plaza, and Park Street, Discovery Museum, the Bangor waterfront, Pro-Libris Bookstore and the city forest. They have two more days of painting before the grand live auction event Tuesday evening.
Bid, buy and own original art
A live auction is the most exciting part for the public. This Tuesday evening, everyone is welcome to view the “wet” paintings between 6:00 PM- 7:00 PM at the third floor ballroom of 193 Exchange Street. The ballroom is a hidden gem revealed several months ago by Adam Moskovitz new owner of the “Nichols Block” on Exchange St.. The Bangor Art Society was founded in 1875, almost 20 years before this building existed, but, it is the perfect historic venue for this years’ art auction! The live auction will commence at 7:00 PM. Donations for the auction bidding paddles are $5.00. Thank you in advance Craig Colson! Part of the proceeds of this years’ event will go the hurricane relief fund. 75% of the raised funds go directly to the artists who have worked so diligently. I am encouraging art lovers and enthusiasts to come see the fantastic work produced and view the lovely historic Bangor Arts Exchange”! Be bold and raise your paddles for art to support the local visual artists who live and work here year round as your neighbors! Thank you for reading my blog and hope to see each and everyone of you Tuesday night! Invite your friends and come see my paintings of the Bog and golf course! For more information visit The Bangor Art Society’s Facebook page and website www.thebangorartsociety.com