Camden Falls Gallery invites the public to the first “Plein-Air Wet-Paint Auction to benefit the Camden Windjammer Festival,” 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2. Taking place this Labor Day Weekend, the First Annual Plein Air Wet Paint Auction coincides with the Camden Windjammer Festival, a colorful event that draws thousands of visitors each year.
During the Windjammer Festival, the fleet gathers in picturesque Camden Harbor for festivities reminiscent of the days when hundreds of coastal schooners lined the waterfront. Events include a parade of sail, boatbuilding and nautical exhibitions, live music, dancing, and fireworks. Any or all of which may serve as inspiration for the dozens of artists who will gather to paint in and around the harbor on Friday, Aug. 31 and Saturday, Sept. 1.
Throughout the weekend, the participating artists will be bringing their finished work to the gallery, where it will be made available for viewing. By 11 a.m. on Sunday, all of the final artwork will be on display at Camden Falls Gallery on the Public Landing. The auction will take place on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at the gallery. Local auctioneer Kaja Veilleux of Thomaston Place Auction Galleries will conduct live bidding, and sealed bids will also be accepted. Each painting will also have a “take-it-now” price determined by the individual artist, and a portion of each sale will be donated to the Camden Windjammer Festival.
Internationally acclaimed marine painter Paul Garnett will be painting in Camden en plein air on Friday and Saturday, and has generously offered to donate 100% of the proceeds from the sale of his painting to the Camden Windjammer Festival. Garnett is a self-taught marine painter who is well known for his meticulous renderings of majestic sailing vessels. His artwork has been featured in Nautical World Magazine, Marine Art Quarterly, and Sea History Magazine, and has also graced the covers of several books. Garnett’s paintings have also appeared on A & E’s Sea Tales and The History Channel’s program History’s Mysteries. His work has been exhibited widely in prestigious marine galleries and museums from coast to coast, including the Charlestown Naval Museum, the Union League Club in New York City, the John Stobart Gallery in Boston, the Gallery at Mystic Seaport, and the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. The artist is also a longtime member of the National Maritime Historical Society and a member of the International Society of Marine Painters.
Guy Corriero, who has been teaching and painting en plein air on Monhegan Island every summer for nearly 40 years, will not be able to attend the event this year but has generously donated an original 18” x 24” matted watercolor painting, “Swim Beach, Monhegan Island” with 100% of the selling price donated to the Camden Windjammer Festival.
Other artists who will be participating include: Tania Amazeen-Jones, Todd Bonita, Paul Bonneau, Lee Boynton, Ian Bruce, Daniel Corey, Jan Dearborn, Kathleen Galligan, Eric Glass, Roberta Goschke, Meridith Hicks, Alison Hill, Monique Lazard, Scott Moore, Colin Page, Stefan Pastuhov, Laurie Proctor, Janis Sanders, Judith Schuppien, Tony van Hasselt, Cali Veilleux, and Michael Vermette.
Camden Falls Gallery is also culminating the summer season with “Wood and Water,” a show of work by three marine artists and illustrators who work in a traditional, realist style. Todd Bonita, Paul Garnett and Loretta Krupinski share a fascination with traditional working watercraft and the strength and beauty of the Atlantic Ocean.
“Herring Seining at Night, 1940” by Loretta Krupinski
Krupinski’s painting “Herring Seining at Night, 1940” depicts two fishermen plying their ancient craft in bright moonlight. While the piece sensitively portrays the pre-war simplicity of fishing sans advanced technology, the painting also conveys the strength of the bond between people who engage in grueling, sometimes dangerous manual labor, where they are often at the mercy of elemental forces. Krupinski writes, “I want to honor the working waterfront and the people who left a legacy . . . the coastal settlement is where it all began.”
Camden Falls Gallery invites the public to join in to celebrate Maine’s rich maritime and artistic heritage with these talented artists this Labor Day Weekend. It’s an opportunity to support the Camden Windjammer Festival by bidding on, and taking home one of their latest masterpieces as a unique memento of the event. Camden Falls Gallery is located at 5 Public Landing, for more information call 470-7027 or visit camdenfallsgallery.com.