BANGOR, Maine — Maine Discovery Museum will hold its ninth annual benefit auction at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 250 Haskell Road in Bangor. Themed “Top Shelf,” the auction will feature 16-by-20-inch wooden wall shelves that have been transformed into works of art by more than 60 artists from throughout Maine. These artists have donated their time and talent to help the children’s museum raise money for scholarships and the museum’s annual fund.
A wooden shelf autographed by best-selling author Stephen King will include a collectible Stephen King bobble head with Red Sox jersey and Lowell Spinners ball cap, a hardcover copy of “Blockade Billy” by Stephen King, a hardcover copy of “Faithful” by Stewart O’Nan and Stephen King and a Stephen King New Jersey Titans collectible baseball card.
“Our annual dinner auction is our biggest fundraiser of the year,” said Niles Parker, executive director of the Maine Discovery Museum. “It’s critical for us. It generates virtually all of the scholarship money we offer and funds our summer camps and numerous other programs as well. The outstanding work of artists across the state makes this event unique and helps ensure that the museum continues its successful outreach. ”
Past museum auctions have featured chairs, treasure boxes, benches, clocks, mirrors, tables and storage bins. “The quality and variety of the work is a thrill, every year,” said Susan Carlisle, chairwoman of the museum auction committee. “We are so grateful to our participating artists who create these gorgeous and unique pieces for us to auction off to support the museum.”
Artists Carol Michaud of Bangor and Peg Hanson of Hampden will lend their talents to the “Top Shelf” auction, using their shelves as a canvas to create something truly “Maine.”
Michaud, who lives and works in Maine and Florida, painted a shelf featuring three colorful rowboats sitting at anchor. The pattern at the bottom of the shelf is reminiscent of the islands and inlets of the rugged Maine coastline. She finds that she is likely to recreate what she feels and produce an interesting example of what she might see.
Hanson has always enjoyed creating — from cookie-making and painting to sewing and assembling found objects, she loves the process of making things by hand. Both CancerCare of Maine in Brewer and the Edythe Dyer Library in Hampden have displayed her recent paintings this year. Hanson’s brightly colored shelf features peekytoe crabs steaming on a blue and white tin plate bordered by a red-checked oilcloth table covering.
Those unable to attend the auction may place bids in the both the silent and live auctions by filling out and mailing or faxing an absentee bid form posted at the museum website, calling Niles Parkerat 262-7200 or emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Absentee bids will not be valid without credit card information.
In addition to the involvement of Maine artists, Maine Discovery Museum’s benefit auction also depends on the generosity of corporate sponsors Quirk Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep, People’s United Bank, Dead River Company, Hardwood Products Company LLC and the Bangor Daily News.
For more information on the auction and a special preview of the auction items, visit http://mainediscoverymuseum.org. Tickets are $50 per person and the deadline for reservations is Friday, Nov. 11. Shelves are on display at Maine Discovery Museum, 74 Main St. in Bangor, and may be viewed during regular museum hours 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.