A special remarqued signed printer’s proof print (No. 5 of five, the last remarque to be printed) of “Easton” by artist Ronald Frontin is up for bid at the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce Auction. This print has been donated through the generosity of Frontin and  agent Bob Bird.

The one-of-a-kind print is valued at $3,300 and is open for both online bidding as well as bidding at the live auction. The print image is 20-by-32 inches The auction Web site is BiddingforGood.com/PBRCCAuction.

Frontin is a contemporary Maine painter who continues the American realist tradition of Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins with his fastidiously rendered figural images set on the coast and in the countryside. His subjects include the hardworking fisherman and farmers of Maine and his family and friends. Frontin was born in Camden in 1962 and resides in South Thomaston. He only lived out of his home state briefly, while attending the Philadelphia College of Art (1981 through ’85) and while apprenticing in Andalusia, Pa., with noted realist painter Nelson Shanks (1985 through ’88).

Frontin’s outdoor scenes portray the hardy individuals who make their living from the fields, rivers, beaches and bays of Maine. The artist, who enjoys working in the open air, is interested in painting people who are physically engaged with nature and who are unaware that they are being studied; the opposite of posed works, these images convey respect for the grueling and absorbing tasks of outdoor life and capture the particular light and mood of the Maine landscape.

In his portraits, Frontin is inspired by the great art of the past. Whereas many contemporary artists use portraiture to their own ends, Frontin is interested in a traditional approach to the genre in which the artist’s style is subservient to the subject and in which the finished work is true to its sitter. He has created many commissioned portraits, including several depictions of prominent Maine figures, but he also paints subjects of his own choosing.

With their poetic undertones and personal subject matter, Frontin’s paintings have an affinity with those of Andrew Wyeth. Soundly crafted and thoughtfully composed, Frontin’s works reveal his desire not to impose his own point of view on a subject but rather to derive inspiration directly from it, allowing its intrinsic nature to emerge.

Online bidding is open through Monday, Oct. 11 at 9 p.m. There are currently are more than 245 items, valued at more than $43,800, up for bid. The featured item this year is a Fisher HT Series snowplow from Fisher Engineering valued at $5,115.

About 80 items will head to the live auction Friday, Oct. 15 at the Rockland Elks Lodge, 210 Rankin St. The live auction items are clearly identified on the Web site, and absentee bidding will be available for those that cannot attend the live event. Bruce Gamage will be the auctioneer.

For more information, contact Shari Closter at the chamber at 596-0376, ext. 22 or shari@therealmaine.com.

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