Artists are wanted to paint, decorate, construct and otherwise create original artwork on theme of a birdhouse for a major auction to benefit children’s programs at Lincoln Street Center for Arts and Education and via the Rockland Kiwanis.

The Birdhouse Bonanza Auction and Fundraiser, initiated by John Batty of the Rockland Kiwanis, will begin as a national online auction through BiddingForGood.com. The first artist to submit a birdhouse will be awarded an early bird prize and receive publicity for his or her work.

Those who join this fundraising opportunity will be in good company as local artist Eric Hopkins has committed to creating a birdhouse for the auction. Participating artists have the option to create an original birdhouse from materials of their choice (e.g. blown glass, lobster buoy, driftwood, seashells, fairy houses, etc.) or purchase a standard birdhouse from the Kiwanis for $10.

Bidding will begin June 30 and run through July 23. The birdhouses will be on display at Lincoln Street Center at local businesses throughout that period. The live auction will be held July 24 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Street Center gymnasium. Bruce Gamage will preside as auctioneer. Tickets are $15 in advance and will be $25 at the door.

Fifty percent of the bird house net sales will be used to fund Rockland Kiwanis Community Projects and 50 percent will be used for learning and creative programs for children at the Lincoln Street Center for Arts & Education.

Rockland Kiwanis provides support for children’s programs and needs in the community. Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Now in its 10th year, Lincoln Street Center provides the arts for everyone, offering affordable classes, wide-ranging exhibitions, studio space for working artists and special art-related events and performances.

For more information and online registration, visit biddingforgood.com/birdhousebonanza

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.