Paint for Preservation 2017


10th Annual Wet Paint Auction Benefit

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

The Home of Tilly Hagen

Breakwater Farm Road

Cape Elizabeth, Maine

“Wet Paint,” works painted en plein air by talented artists on display at Paint for Preservation 2016.

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.

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 the home of Tilly Hagen on Breakwater Farm Road in Cape Elizabeth, 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:

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 Shellenberg, 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.

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.

Tickets and Reservations
Online ticketing will be available on May 5, 2017. In the meantime, you may purchase tickets or make reservations by:

  • Visiting the CELT office, 330 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth
  • Via email to
  • Over the phone by calling 207.767.6054


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

Maine Home + Design


Key Bank

R.M. Davis, Inc.

Inn by the Sea