More than 40 artists with ties to Maine have created wooden paddle art for Trekkers’ Paddle Art Auction, set for Wednesday, July 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Thomaston’s Watts Hall. The paddles can be viewed at the Maine Lighthouse Museum, 1 Park Drive, Friday, July 1, through the 12th; and online at trekkers.org.

“This is an amazing opportunity to purchase an original, one of kind work of art and support an original, one of a kind program,” said Amie Hutchison, Trekkers’ executive director.

The paddle art auction project, which began in January, was inspired and coordinated by local artists Otty Merrill and Jenifer Mumford, both of whom have paddles up for bid. Industries Manager Ken Lindsey at the Maine State Prison Showroom produced the wooden paddles for the fundraising project.

Paddles for bid include those embellished with collage, fabric, paint, ink, metal, wood, rope and other media (including glow-in-the-dark. The artists participating in this project include Angela Anderson, Annie Bailey, Geoff Bladon, David Blanchard, Kate Braestrup, Wendy Carr, Jenny Carter, Kathleen A. Fox, Jonathan Frost, Lily Hamill, Ann Hritz, Alexis Iammarino, Kris Johnson, Anne Goodale, Mimo Gordon Riley, Lydia Kaeyer, Steve Lindsay, Otty Merrill, Sandra Mason Dickson, Greg Mort, Jon Mort, Chris Moses, Jenifer Mumford, Patsy Munger, Sylvia Murdock, DiTa Ondek, Jordan Parks, George Pearlman, Björn Runquist, Marnie Sinclair, Barbara Sullivan, Sarah Tannebring, Debbie Wheelock, Greta Van Campen, Thomas Whiting, Amy Williams and Lucinda Ziesing. Biographies of each artist are available online.

Tickets for the auction event are $10. There will be music by the Angela Anderson & Mike Whitehead duo, along with beverages and light hors d’oeuvres. There is a minimum bid of $100 on each paddle. Absentee bidding is available; the absentee bid form is on the Trekkers website. Absentee bids must be received by noon Friday, July 8.

Trekkers staff and board members will be at the Maine Lighthouse Museum during July 1st’s First Friday Rockland Art Walk to talk to those who stop in to see the paddles. They will have a paddle catalog and absentee bid forms. For more information, visit the website or the Facebook event page for Trekkers Paddle Art Auction; or call 594-5095. Trekkers is a nonprofit outdoor-based mentoring program that connects young people with caring adults through expeditionary learning, community service and adventure-based education.

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