Artists will create new works of art and see them sold in a single day in Art du jour, a wet-paint auction event at the downtown Penobscot Marine Museum Saturday, Oct. 8. All artists are welcome to participate, and the public may watch the artists at work and attend the silent auction for free.

Artists in any visual medium will register in the museum’s Old Vestry building between 8 and 9 a.m. on the day of the event. Artists must bring their own tools and materials and may work anywhere in Searsport or vicinity, although the museum encourages them to work on its lovely 2.5-acre campus. Some indoor spaces within the museum exhibits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Artists will begin working as soon as they register and must bring their finished work back to the Old Vestry by 3:30 p.m. There, the works will be matted and prepared for exhibit in the silent auction. Bidding will proceed from 4 to 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served, sponsored by the Capt. A.V. Nickels Inn.

The public will be able to watch the artists as they work, and most will answer questions about their techniques. Museum admission will be free all day as part of Searsport’s annual Fling Into Fall celebration.

“Art du jour will showcase established and aspiring artists while raising funds for museum programs,” said event organizer Lin Calista, manager of the museum’s own picture-framing shop, The Museum Framer.

Already registered are well-known artists such as amateur photographer Wayne Hamilton and professional painters Alan Fishman, Nancy Morgan-Barnes, Stefan Pastuhov and Scott Moore. All professional, student and amateur visual artists are invited. Artists will donate their works to the museum, in appreciation for which the museum will give a discount of 50 percent on any one framing job at The Museum Framer. For more information, contact Calista at 548-0334 or

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