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Paint for Preservation Wet Paint Auction is

Spurwink River by Cooper Dragonette, Paint for Preservation 2021

Tickets to the auction are already sold out, but you can still tour the artists painting all weekend. See the locations here.

CELT’s 15th Annual Paint for Preservation Wet Paint Auction live again on Sunday July, 17 from 4:00-7:30 p.m.

The Cape Elizabeth Land Trust is pleased to continue its tradition of bringing award-winning plein air artists to Cape Elizabeth for a weekend of painting its iconic land- and seascapes July 15-17, 2022. The weekend culminates on Sunday, July 17 with a benefit auction, which will again be held at a live tented reception at a seaside location in town following two years of being held online. This is the land trust’s only fundraiser each year, and it is well known as one of the premier art sales in Maine.

Thanks to Steve Underwood for this cool video!

Congratulations to the 31 artists selected to participate!

This year’s group of both familiar and new faces will be bringing their award-winning talents to Cape Elizabeth over the weekend of July 15-17. Their work was juried by Kelley Lehr and John Danos, owners of Greenhut Galleries and Cove Street Arts in Portland. See the roster and samples of their work below.

  • Joshua Adam
  • Lyn Asselta
  • Todd Bezold
  • Ken DeWaard
  • Cooper Dragonette
  • Erin McGee Ferrell
  • Margaret Gerding
  • Frank Gregory
  • Lindsay Hancock
  • Alison Hill
  • Jill Hoy
  • Tina Ingraham
  • Anne Ireland
  • Dustan Knight
  • Marguerite Lawler
  • Leo Mancini-Hresko
  • Sharon McGauley
  • Nathaniel Meyer
  • Matthew Meyer
  • John David O’Shaughnessy
  • Colin Page
  • Holly Ready
  • Pamela Lang Redick
  • Kathleen Robbins
  • Bjorn Runquist
  • Matthew Russ
  • John Santoro
  • Janet Sutherland
  • Emily Leonard Trenholm
  • Michael Walek
  • Russel Whitten
  • Graham Wood

All paintings must be made entirely outdoors, with no studio work allowed. All artists donate a portion of their art sales to benefit CELT’s land conservation, trail and habitat stewardship, and community education programs.

Tour their painting locations, meet the artists and watch them work! Here is a list of the public locations and here is a map.

Join us for the Auction and Reception

This year’s reception and auction will be held at a seaside location near the center of Cape Elizabeth. In addition to the live wet paint auction, guests will be able to purchase smaller works by the selected artists as Mystery Boxes — black boxes wrapped in a ribbon with no identification of the artist! It’s a great surprise when you bring it home that night.

The reception will feature jazz music by Cul de Sax (sponsored by Tammaro Landscaping), light hors d’oeuvres served by Bread & Butter Catering Co., and the ever-entertaining Auctioneer Kaja Veilleux of Thomaston Place Auction Galleries (read about Kaja), who will kick-off the bidding at 5:45 pm.

Says CELT Board member Bill Luneburg, “We hope everyone comes out to see these incredible artists at work and participates in the auction on July 17 to show support for protecting the incredible natural areas around us.”

Thank You to our generous Host Committee for providing extra support with their tickets!

  • Margaret Angell & Nate Fick
  • Bob & Linda Ayotte
  • Wyman & Laura Briggs
  • David Briman
  • Edwin Cahill
  • Beth & Hugh Campbell
  • Anne Carney & David Wennberg
  • Chris & Mary Anne Cary
  • Julian & Maryellen Coles
  • Kitty Coughlin & Randall Weill
  • Bob & Joni Daly
  • Brian & Meg Dietz
  • Sarah & Dan Espinal
  • Tom & Anne Gale
  • Lisa & Steve Gent
  • Amy Gilfenbaum
  • Lisa Hallee
  • Kathleen & Herb Janick
  • Louis Kaucic & Billy Merritt
  • Brigitte & Hal Kingsbury
  • Tammy & Adrian Kurre
  • Dennis & Jayne Leiner
  • Brian Livingston
  • Bill Luneburg
  • Nancy & Jim Martin
  • Suzanne & Neil McGinn
  • Liz & Tom Murley
  • Bo Norris & Cathy Houlihan
  • Anne Oliviero
  • Maggie & Moraud Roudsari
  • James & Patricia Staley
  • Andy & Annie Stickney
  • Sue Sturtevant
  • Chris Tullmann & Paige Teller
  • Sherry Turner

Please join us in thanking our business sponsors whose generous support makes this event possible:

Media Sponsor

Preservation Sponsors

Conservation Sponsors

Stewardship Sponsors

Casco Bay Frames & Gallery

Eyecare Medical Group

Huffard House

Knickerbocker Group

Maine Limousine

ReMAX Oceanside

Veterinary and Rehabilitation Center of Cape Elizabeth

Other Sponsors

Music by Cul de Sax brought to you by Tammaro Landscaping.

Breakfast for artists sponsored by Bath Savings Institution.

Parking assistance provided by volunteers from the Rotary Club of South Portland-Cape Elizabeth.

Many thanks to the Strout Family for providing the parking area and upkeep!

Selected Artists and Samples:

Joshua Adam

Cairn & Wave

Lyn Asselta

Kettle Cove

Todd Bezold

North Berwick Farm

Ken DeWaard

Afternoon with the Chickens

Cooper Dragonette

Higgins Sunset

Erin McGee Ferrell

Santorini Greece

Margaret Gerding

Land Trust

Frank Gregory

Town Farm

Lindsay Hancock

Robinson Woods

Alison Hill

Green Sheets

Jill Hoy

Lazygut in Lee

Tina Ingraham

Marshes in the Summer

Anne Ireland

Sweet Spot

Dustan Knight

Salt Marsh

Marguerite Lawler


Leo Mancini-Hresko

Drumlin Fall

Sharon McGauley

Big Cloud

Matthew Meyer


Nathaniel Meyer

Danforth Cove

John David O’Shaughnessy

Wells Tide Receding

Colin Page

Front Porch Garden

Holly Ready

Dawn’s Song

Pamela Lang Redick


Kathleen Robbins

Jordans Farm

Bjorn Runquist

Autumn Blaze

Matthew Russ

East Penobscot Bay

John Santoro

Janet Sutherland

Manship Quarry

Emily Leonard Trenholm

Worm River

Michael Walek

Rolling Surf

Russel Whitten

Fishin’ Hole

Graham Wood

Richmond Island from Two Lights

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