On Saturday, Aug. 14 from 9 a.m. to dusk, the downtown Farnsworth Art Museum again will host Paint the Town. Back for its seventh year, Paint the Town celebrates both the City of Rockland and the long tradition of landscape painting that has brought so many artists to this beautiful region over the years.

Registration is free and the deadline has been extended to Tuesday, Aug. 10. Those who wish to register as an artist, in order to be guaranteed a box lunch and an event T-shirt, should go online and register at farnsworthmuseum.org or contact Niki Dabrio, Special Events Manager, at ndabrio@farnsworthmuseum.org or 596-6457, ext. 143.

Artists of all levels of experience, age 14 and older, are invited to create their unique views of Rockland in any medium. All artwork will be sold at a silent or live auction to be held from 4 to 6 p.m. The event will have a block party atmosphere, with work displayed at the museum’s Gamble Center on the corner of Grace and Union streets; live auction works displayed in the museum library; food prepared and sold by local restaurant Café Miranda; and folk and jazz music provided by Playin’ Possum and Breakers Jazz.

Everyone is welcome to attend the reception, and there will be a cash bar. Proceeds from Paint the Town support the ongoing preservation of the Farnsworth’s historic downtown properties including the Homestead and its carriage house.

This year, there are several exciting changes to the event. Local galleries have encouraged their represented artists to participate, and many already have made donations of works for the live auction. These artists include Naomi Aho, Nancy Baker, Roberta Baumann Gardullo, Katherine Bradford, Bruce Busko, Irma Cerese, Alan Clark, David Scriven Crowley, Joellyn Duesberry, Judy Glickman, Ken Greenleaf, Eric Hopkins, Kay Jackson, Kathleen James, Frederic Kellogg, Elizabeth Kelley, John LeBlanc, Anna B. McCoy, Greg Mort, Colin Page, Andrea Peters, Carol Rowan, Bjorn Runquist, Tollef Runquist, Ken Sahr, Lyn Snow, Brian Vanden Brink and Abbie Williams, making this year’s Paint the Town a more complete representation of the arts in our community.

The works by these artists are on view in the downtown museum’s auditorium leading up to the live Paint the Town auction. They also may be seen on the museum’s Web site, farnsworthmuseum.org. Printing and mounting of the event poster was done by The Pinnacle Creative Team, Rockland. To  participate as an auction bidder or volunteer, contact Dabrio.

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