LUBEC, Maine - Nearly 300 people gathered at the Lubec Grange Hall on Friday to celebrate the 200th birthday of West Quoddy Head Lighthouse.
“The event culminated the weeklong art show and silent auction that featured 70 highly accomplished artists from Down East Maine and New Brunswick,” organizers said in a prepared release. “The proceeds of the auction will be used by the West Quoddy Head Light Keepers Association to maintain the lighthouse visitor center and to further develop the local historical and cultural exhibits featured at the facility.”
The walls of the Lubec Grange were covered with nearly 150 works of art, and the hall was decorated with bright lights and red balloons.
People enjoyed the food and drink while discussing their favorite artwork on display.
Final bids were submitted as the 6 p.m. deadline approached, winning bids were announced by Pulitzer Prize nominee photographer and author Frank Van Riper, according to the press release.
“Both the West Quoddy Lighthouse and the many artists working in the region are important aspects of our local culture and heritage,” Margaret Curley-Clay, the organizer of the event, said in the release. “The art show and auction enabled many in the community to support the future of the West Quoddy Lighthouse while showing their appreciation for the impressive array of distinguished artwork on display throughout the week.”