The Humane Society of Knox County will presents its 21st annual “Art for the Animals” fundraiser auction Friday through Sunday, July 30, 31 and Aug. 1 at the Maine Lighthouse Museum, 1 Park Drive. There will be a silent three-day auction plus a live auction of selected artworks called by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ auctioneer Kaja Veilleux.

Silent auction viewing and bidding will take place Friday from 2 to 8 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a kick-off reception Friday beginning at 6 p.m., and a live auction of special art pieces will cap things Sunday at 1 p.m.

More than 200 available works by Maine artists, plus many items and gift certificates donated by local businesses, will be available for bidding. Artists and artisans represented at this year’s event will include John Bisignano, Eric Hopkins, David Gray, Maude Robin McCoy, Rebecca Thompson, Barbara Beebe, Lois Rogers, Jeremy Barnard, Jean Kigel, Lyn Donovan, Lydia Kaeyer, Lois Anne, Richard Anzelc, Tom Buescher, Albie Davis, James Pyne, Andrew Wyeth, Thea Nelson, Margaret McCrea, Elaine Warren, Francis Schreiber, Marian Gonsalves McMahon, Richard Anzelc, Elsie Brown, William Crosby, Francis Farley, Rolfe Gerhardt, Susan Gerhardt, Susan Morse, Andy Finkle, Nancy Terrell Hall, Ken Russell, Cali Veilleux, Richard Procopio, Robert Spring, Nancy Fitzgerald, Don Mudd, Jeremy Barnard, Elaine and Richard Whiting, Janet “Bird” Burns, Judith Sala, Eloise Ensor, Peter McCrea, Dan Moore, Greg Pinto, Carol Morris Petillo, Deborah Winship, Stell Shevis, Jessica Smalley, Rock & Roll Stoneworks, Bernadette Hackett, Carol Inouye, Edith LaRoche, Paul Perkins, Daniel Seigel, Francis Kornbluth, Christine Barbetta, Helene Bier, Noble Clay of Tenants Harbor, Morris David Dorenfield, Dan Daly, C.E. Bullard, Julie Stackpole, Judith Rudolph/Holly Cottage Designs, Polly Jones, Bengt Wallstrom, Cheryl Michels and Marilyn Harrington.

A wide variety of artistic media will be represented at this event including painting, fine art prints, woodworking, photography, pottery, sculpture, textiles, glassmaking and jewelry.

Local merchants that have donated items include Admiral’s Buttons, Farnsworth Art Museum, Island Inn/Monhegan, Monhegan Boat Line, Owls Head Transportation Museum, Nobleboro Antique Exchange, Primo Restaurant, Rockland Antiques Marketplace, Safe Harbor Confections, Silver Lane Bistro, Este Underdown and many others.

All auction items also may be viewed online at This event is open to the public with no admission charge. For more information, call 594-4897 or send e-mail to

The Humane Society of Knox County was founded in 1989 to provide care, protection, and loving homes for abandoned and homeless companion animals in the Midcoast area. The Humane Society of Knox County provides animal support services to the towns of Rockland, Thomaston, Warren, Owls Head, St. George (including Port Clyde, Martinsville, and Tenants Harbor), South Thomaston (including Spruce Head), Hope, Union, Appleton, Montville, Searsmont, Cushing, Matinicus, North Haven, Vinalhaven, Stockton Springs, Morrill and Northport.

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