The Birdhouse Bonanza benefit auction, a collaboration of Rockland Kiwanis and Lincoln Street Center, is heading towards conclusion. For months, local artists have been creating a donating unique birdhouses for auction. Proceeds will go toward helping children via the programs of Lincoln Street Center for Arts and Education and Rockland Kiwanis.

Sunday through Tuesday, July 18 through 20, the birdhouses, including Eric Hopkins’ wood and glass relief, will be on view at the 313 Main St. lobby of Mulford Gallery for silent auction. This display will include items that will not be shown online at the event’s Web site,

On Saturday, July 24, the months-long community project will wrap up with a reception for the artists and live auction in the Jean B. Chalmers Art Gallery of Lincoln Street Center for Arts and Education, 24 Lincoln St., from 6 to 9 p.m. Local auctioneer Bruce Gamage will preside, light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served (donations are appreciated) and all proceeds will benefit local children’s programs.

In conjunction with the Birdhouse Bonanza auction, studio members at the Lincoln Street Center be part of a center open house beginning 5 p.m.

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