BANGOR, Maine — To celebrate its 10th year, the organizers of the Maine Discovery Museum Art Auction decided to go back to basics. For the previous nine years, the organizers asked Maine artists to transform a piece of household furniture (tables, benches, chairs and the like) into a work of art. This year they gave artists free range to create whatever they wished, on a theme of Maine discovery, for the auction and dinner that’s set for 5-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bangor.
“Any medium, however they wanted. And as usual, we’re just astounded by the creativity they come back with,” said Susan Carlisle, who has organized the auction and dinner each year. “It’s been such a great project to work on all these years, and we are so grateful to everyone for their help.”
Some highlights of the original art submitted this year include Bangor craftsman Chick Rauch’s “The Maine Discoverers,” a mixed-media piece that brings a map of Maine to 3-D life. There’s also retired Bangor High School teacher Irvin Krupke’s piece “Ebb and Flow,” a work in stained glass, and paintings created for the Museum by Russell D’Alessio, Jean Deighan, Jeff Haase, Tom Hennessey, JoAnne Houlsen, Jill Hoy, Collette King, Carol Michaud, Paul Thibodeau, Kristborg Whitney, Diana Young and many others. In total, there are 85 pieces up for auction.
“We have jewelry, pottery, woodworking, fabric art, and of course, a lot of paintings,” said Carlisle. “We opened it up to their creativity, so the possibilities are limitless.”
All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Maine Discovery Museum in downtown Bangor. All of the works submitted for the auction will be on display at the Museum during regular hours, which are 10 a.m-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Tickets for the auction and dinner are $50, and absentee bids for auction items can be placed up until the event by calling 262-7200. For information, visit http://mainediscoverymuseum.org.