Paint for Preservation 2017


10th Annual Wet Paint Auction Benefit

Sunday, July 9, 2017 from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Breakwater Farm Road, Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Janet Sutherland paints in her rain boots at the Spurwink River. (photo courtesy of Bob Harrison)

It’s almost here! Join 30 award-winning artists celebrating Cape Elizabeth’s natural beauty and ecological significance at Cape Elizabeth Land Trust’s Paint for Preservation 2017, its tenth annual Wet Paint Auction and reception, to be held on Sunday, July 9, 2017 from 4:00 –7:30 p.m.

Get Tickets Here!

Or, call 207.767.6054 or visit the CELT office, 330 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth

Watch the artists paint at sites around Cape Elizabeth Friday 7/7-Sunday 7/9.   Here is a list and a map of the public places you can go. (Artists may paint during one or all three of the days.)

2017 Paint for Preservation Artist Locations

Participating Artists

Joshua Adam, Castine, ME; Jacalyn Beam, Greenville, DE; MJ Benson, South Portland, ME; Paul Bonneau, Cape Porpoise, ME; Catherine Breer, Freeport, ME; Ken DeWaard, Hope, ME; Marsha H. Donahue, Millinocket, ME; Cooper Dragonette, Cape Elizabeth, ME; Erin McGee Ferrell, Falmouth, ME; Margaret Gerding, Kennebunkport, ME; Roy Germon, Portland, ME; Lindsay Hancock, Gray, ME; Alison Hill, Monhegan, ME; Jill Hoy, Somerville, MA; Marguerite Lawler, Portland, ME; Janet Ledoux, Biddeford, ME; Nathaniel Meyer, South Portland, ME; Caren-Marie Michel, Westbrook, ME; Colin Page, Camden, ME; Edgar Reims, Harpswell, ME; Matthew Russ, Waterville, ME; John Santoro, Portland, ME; Lou Schellenberg, Mount Gretna, PA; Caleb Stone, Rockport, MA; Janet Sutherland, Ipswich, MA; Judy Taylor, Seal Cove, ME; Emily Trenholm, Brunswick, ME; Michael E. Vermette, Indian Island, ME; Graham Wood, Cape Elizabeth, ME; and Peter Yesis, Searsport, ME.

Click here to view samples of the chosen artists’ work.

About Paint for Preservation

As one of the most anticipated Wet Paint Auctions in Maine each summer, Paint for Preservation presents a diverse collection of works by highly accomplished artists. During the weekend of the event, the selected artists will paint en plein air at designated public and private locations chosen to highlight Cape Elizabeth’s natural beauty. The newly painted pieces will be sold in competitive bidding on Sunday evening. Smaller works by the artists will also be sold as Mystery Boxes.

Our venue this year will be a stunning site overlooking Richmond Island. The reception will feature locally-sourced delicacies catered by Cape Elizabeth’s own chef Brett Cary, live music by Cul de Sax, and the efforts of many volunteers from throughout the Cape community. We are grateful to our hostess and to all our event sponsors, listed below!

Congratulations to the 30 artists selected by a jury whose members included Kelley Lehr and John Danos, new owners of Greenhut Galleries, and gallery founder Peggy Greenhut Golden. We’re very thankful for their efforts on our behalf.  This year’s artists include:


Proceeds from the event benefit CELT’s conservation of the shorelands and marshes, farmlands and woodlands that provide scenic beauty, recreational opportunities and important wildlife habitat in Cape Elizabeth.

We are grateful to our event sponsors for their generous support!

People’s Choice Award Sponsors

Bath Savings Bank

Ocean House Gallery & Frame

and Event Sponsors

Brett Cary, Private Chef
Thomaston Place Auction Galleries