Artists Paint Down East for Scholarship Fund

Posted Aug. 13, 2009, at 8:39 p.m.

More than 100 art lovers packed the parking lot of Tall Barney’s restaurant in Jonesport on a perfect summer afternoon Wednesday to enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres and to make silent auction bids on paintings created that day in Jonesport, Beals and Great Wass Island by artists participating in a fundraiser for the Jonesport-Beals High School Arts Scholarship. The event, organized by plein-air artists Valerie Aponik and Robin Rier, drew more than 35 professional artists, as well as some children, who paid a registration fee and were out painting the town — in oils, acrylics, watercolors and pastels. They brought the completed and in some cases still-wet works to a tent at Tall Barney’s to be hung. Bidders snacked on crabmeat and cucumber canapes, bruschetta with pico de gallo, spicy pork cubes and grilled chicken wings prepared by Linda and John Lapinski of Tall Barney’s. Artists agreed to donate at least 10 percent from the sale of their works to the scholarship fund, a project begun several years ago by Jonesport-Beals High School art instructor Lisa Marin to encourage high school students to pursue their art education beyond the secondary level. Some of the artists donated a larger percentage, and some donated the entire amount. The average minimum bid requested was $125, and one artist sold five paintings for more than $1,100.

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