The Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, a Maine-based nonprofit educational organization, is celebrating its 50th year with an Anniversary Bash. The benefit dinner and art auction will take place Friday evening, Aug. 22, at Point Lookout Resort, 67 Atlantic Highway/Route 1.

Endorsed by renowned art critic and writer Carl Little, the auction will feature artwork from more than 30 notable artists with ties to Maine and HIOBS including Eric Hopkins, one of Maine’s most renowned artists and an alumnus of Outward Bound; Kevin Beers, named one the 60 most important artists in Maine; Joyce Tenneson, considered among the 10 most influential female photographers in the history of photography; Lois Dodd, an elected member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and of the National Academy of Design; and T. Allen Lawson, master landscape artist acknowledged by Plein Air Magazine as an artist certain to show up near the top of lists of painters most admired by other painters.

Other artists and photographers include Joel Babb, Sam Cady, Dan Corey, Phillip Frey, Jill Hoy, Alison Hill, Janice Kasper, Colin Page, John Santoro, Marianne Smith, Emily Trenholm, Susan Headley Van Campen, Greta Van Campen, Jessica Ives, Mary Bourke, Monica Kelly, David Little, Ed Nadeau, Chris Pinchbeck, Peter Ralston, Barbara Goodbody, Rick Perry and Cooper Dragonette.

On Saturday, Aug. 9, about 20 of these artists will participate in the 50th Anniversary Art + Auction Invitational. They will convene on Hurricane Island — the 180-acre Penobscot Bay island where HIOBS was founded by Peter Willauer in 1964 and current home to the Hurricane Island Foundation’s Center for Science and Leadership — to create original work en plein air to be auctioned at the Bash.

The public is invited to purchase tickets ($150) for the Bash and participate in the auction by visiting A silent auction will begin over cocktails at 6 p.m. and continue through much of the evening. The evening will culminate with live bidding for a handful of selected pieces. Proceeds from the artwork will support getting students on HIOBS courses.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or