Artists have been calling the nonprofit Maine Art Gallery “home” since 1957. It is housed in, and maintains, an airy 1807 two-story brick school building that is part of the historic district in the town; is the oldest seasonal art gallery in the state; and has more than 100 Maine artists join yearly. Some of those original members are still creating and exhibiting work, every year there are many new members as.

The gallery holds workshops for artists and creates monthly changing exhibits, which showcase the artwork of all its members. It is an organization that helps Maine artists grow and flourish via connections between artists and lovers of art, and it does all this without government subsidies.

On the evening of Saturday, Sept. 11, there will be a sale of artworks by Maine artists who are committed to sustaining the nonprofit Maine Art Gallery. Work by Jennifer Litchfield, Jean Kigel, Joan Wright, Tom Hinkle, Katherine Grey, Barbara Vanderbilt , Tony vanHasselt, Camden’s Stell Shevis and many others will be offered with bidding starting at half price in the silent auction, which will take place during a catered reception with desserts by Chocolate Dog Designs. Attendees also will enjoy live Celtic music by Damariscotta violinist Olivia Delisle.

Reception tickets are $20 and may be purchased  at the Maine Art Gallery, 15 Warren St., Tuesdays through Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.; Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; or by contacting any Maine Art Gallery Board member. The original, framed, art works may be previewed at the first floor of the Maine Art Gallery Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 8, 9 and 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fundraising event Saturday, Sept. 11 will begin at 4 p.m. with the final drawing at 6:30 p.m.

A pastel from the estate of a greatly loved Damariscotta artist Natalie Wriggins will be featured in a separate raffle. “Spring Rows” has an appraised value of $750. An accomplished and sensitive artist, she was a graduate of the University of Colorado and her artwork can be found in corporate and private collections throughout the United States.¬† Raffle tickets will be sold for $50, with a minimum of 10 tickets sold for that drawing to take place.

All proceeds will benefit the Maine Art Gallery, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit art organization. For more information, call 882-7511 or visit maineartgallery.org.

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