Paint for Preservation - Cape Elizabeth Land Trust

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Paint for Preservation

13th Annual Wet Paint Benefit Auction will be held on Sunday, September 13, 2020

Please click here for more details on the rescheduled event.

“Zeb Cove Point” by Michael Vermette, Paint for Preservation 2019

The Cape Elizabeth Land Trust (CELT) is accepting artist submissions for Paint for Preservation 2020, our 13th annual juried Wet Paint Auction to be held on June 28, 2020. Paint for Preservation is a 3-day event to raise awareness of the natural beauty of Cape Elizabeth and to raise funds to support the conservation of its most special lands.

Juried artists will paint on location from Friday, June 26 to Sunday, June 28, at designated public and private sites chosen to highlight Cape Elizabeth’s natural beauty. The public is invited to watch participating artists work. 

On Sunday afternoon (6/28), the newly painted artwork is auctioned live at a tented cocktail reception held at a beautiful Cape Elizabeth location. Guests may also purchase Mystery Boxes containing smaller works by participating artists. The event sells out with over 400 people each year. See photo gallery from 2019 event!

Artist Prospectus

Artists: Artist entries will be juried by Ruth Greene-McNally, Curator of American Art from the Ogunquit Museum.

Medium: Open to all mediums. Artists working in watercolors and pastels may provide a mat; no frames are permitted.

Artwork Size: Minimum 12″ x 12″; maximum 48″ x 48″

Benefit: Participating artists donate 50%, 75% or 100% of the selling price of the art to the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust. This is a no-reserve auction. Proceeds benefit CELT’s conservation programs.

How to submit:

  • Entry fee of $25 due with application.

Your application will not be considered complete unless Artist Entry Form and payment is received by the deadline of Friday March 13, 2020.


We rely on the generous support of our sponsors, without whose contributions we could not offer this gala. Sponsors reap benefits from the publicity surrounding the event and free tickets for their staff or clients. If your company would like to sponsor please email Bill Luneburg.

Thank you to our 2020 Paint for Preservation Sponsors!


Between 60-70 volunteers contribute to making this event a success. There’s a lot to do — everyone can help out in one way or another. If you’d like to join in the planning or help on the days of the event, Email to help.

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