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Auctions to benefit Abbe Museum

Contributed | BDN
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By Ardeana Hamlin, BDN Staff

Through the generosity of more than 40 artists, craftspeople and gallery owners, the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor will hold an art auction, The Gathering: Reflection and Celebration Gala, on Tuesday, July 14, at the Bar Harbor Club.

The highlight of the annual benefit will be two art auctions. The first will be a silent auction held during the cocktail reception starting at 5:30 p.m. The auction will feature more than 20 works of art up for bid.

The second auction will be live with auctioneer and state Sen. Dennis Damon, former Abbe board member. Some of the featured items in the live auction will be a sweet grass and ash flower top basket by Molly Neptune Parker, a Passamaquoddy. The basket is a replica of Parker’s mother’s favorite basket but one Parker rarely makes. Also included in the auction is a pastel, “Three Spruce,” by painter Tom Curry; a ram’s head dream catcher by Lenny Novak, an Abenaki; and an etched birch bark moose call by Butch Phillips, a Penobscot.

The auction also will include paintings, prints, textiles, paddles, sculptures and jewelry. Preview auction items online at

New this year is an online auction component, where art lovers can place bids through July 12. After closing, the highest bids will feed into the silent and live auctions. Absentee and proxy bidding also are available during the event. To preview the art in person, visit the Abbe Museum downtown orientation gallery and the lobby of Machias Savings Bank, Bar Harbor.

With the funds that will be raised from the auction, the Abbe will be able to continue its mission and produce exhibits and educational programs for local communities as well as visitors from around the globe. The generosity of the artists, craftspeople, gallery owners and sponsors gives the Abbe Museum much more than art, they help sustain the museum for the future.

For information on the benefit, or to purchase tickets, call Pepper Cwik at 288-3519 or e-mail Tickets are $100 per person.

The mission of the Abbe Museum is to inspire new learning about the Wabanaki Nations with every visit. The Abbe has a collection of more than 50,000 archaeological, historic and contemporary objects including stone and bone tools, pottery, beadwork, carved root clubs, birch bark canoes, and supporting collections of photographs, maps and archival documents. It holds the largest and best-documented collection of Maine Native American basketry in any museum. Its collections conservation program is recognized nationally as a model for museums.


Anyone who loves a good yarn will want to attend the next event in Quarry Hill’s Adventures in Living Well series, scheduled for 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, July 7, at Quarry Hill in Camden.

Presenter Linda Cortright, editor of Wild Fibers Magazine, calls her talk “A Good Yarn.” Recounting her recent journey into the highlands of Central Asia, the globe-trotting natural-fibers expert will tell the inspiring story of how Tibetans, their lives shattered by the recent earthquake there, are spinning a brighter future by crafting yarn for home knitters from the hair of yaks.

Adventures in Living Well programs are designed for adults age 55 and up. Admission is free and includes light refreshments. Reservations are required by calling Quarry Hill at 230-6114.

The Art Quilts Maine exhibit and sale will be held July 11-Aug. 11 at the Central Maine Artists Gallery, 72 West Front St., Skowhegan. An opening reception will be held 3-5 p.m. Sunday, July 11. The show features approximately 25 small art quilts fashioned by members of Art Quilts Maine. For more information, call 858-0797.

The Pine Kneedlers Knitting Guild will hold a meeting “alfresco” 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 22, at 100 West Broad St. in Bangor. Bring a chair and a project, and sit and knit while listening to a summer concert. For information, visit

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