Community rallies to assist Searsmont artist with medical expenses

Artist Nancy Glassman of Searsmont enjoys a summer day with her husband John Spadola and their grandchildren.
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Artist Nancy Glassman of Searsmont enjoys a summer day with her husband John Spadola and their grandchildren.
Posted Nov. 15, 2011, at 6:02 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 15, 2011, at 10:39 p.m.

CAMDEN, Maine — Organizers of an event, dubbed a “fun-raiser,” to raise funds to assist artist Nancy Glassman of Searsmont, say it will appeal to music lovers, food lovers, auction lovers, art lovers and community lovers. Those answering to that description — and just plain people — will gather from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, at the Camden Congregational Church, 55 Elm St. Glassman, a beloved artist, teacher, community organizer and social activist, is facing a mountain of cancer-related medical expenses.

The afternoon will offer five musical acts, sweet and savory foods and drinks, and an auction that will give bidders the opportunity to snap up a special treasure, work of art, night on the town, service, antique, or a silly or serious gift.

Auction items — so far — include:

• A perennial garden delivered and planted at your residence.

• A Wurlitzer spinet piano, delivery included.

• A custom gourmet local foods party for eight.

• Dog washes at Loyal Biscuit.

• Gift certificates from Cafe Miranda, Darby’s, Coyote Moon, Studio 94 and other businesses.

• Hours of piano, flute or recorder lessons.

• Antiques, including a silver serving fork and spoon, porcelain 19th century dish, lamps and more.

• Herb garden visit, lesson and luncheon.

• Island-raised sheep pelts.

• Original paintings created by Dennis Pinette, Michael Reese, Jack Silverio, Tony Kulik and Nancy Glassman.

• Ceramics crafted by Peter Jones and Randy Fein.

• Jewelry fashioned by Cate Lamb and Cathy Melio.

And that’s just a few highlights of the items up for bid in the auction.

Sushi, Swan’s Way dolcelinos, and other delectable goodies and beverages will be served throughout the afternoon and into the evening.

Tenant’s Harbor musician Steve Lindsay on piano, with vocal accompaniment by Jo Linsday, will provide music in the afternoon.

Glassman’s husband, John Spadola, will perform his own piano arrangement of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”

Shira, the energetic midcoast women’s chorus, will sing world folk and songs for a better world.

The concert also will include the debut performance of The Night Owls, featuring Ed Geis of Camden on guitar and harmonica, Judy MacMahon of Swanville on violin and Will Brown of Lincolnville and David Foley of Northport, both on an array of stringed instruments. The group plays a mix of old and new folk, cowboy songs and world folk instrumentals.

Meteora will feature varied folk singer-songwriter material performed by Kat Logan and Jim Loney of Friendship and Will Brown of Lincolnville.

Admission to the event is a $20 minimum suggested donation. Tickets and auction payments will be by cash or check made out to Friends of Nancy Glassman Fund.

Tickets are available at the door and in Belfast at The Greenstore and Coyote Moon; in Camden at Once a Tree and Planet; in Rockland at Archipelago, Rock City Cafe, Sunfire Mexican Grill; and by mail: c/o Karen Cadbury, P.O. Box 1041, Rockport, ME 04856.

Checks made out to Friends of Nancy Glassman Fund may be mailed to: Camden National Bank, 2 Elm St., Camden, ME 04843 or any branch office.

To donate auction items worth $25, email sperkins@islandinstitute.org or call 594-9209. ext103.

To see and buy Nancy’s paintings, visit Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm St., Rockland, call 594-5935 or visit nancyglassman.com.

For more information about the event, email cadbury@roadrunner.com or call 230-0436.

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