The Kelpie Gallery, 81 Elm St./Route 73, will present the third annual Wet Paint on the ‘Weskeag plein air art auction Sunday, Aug. 14. The Selection Committee has announced the 30 artists selected to create works to appear in the wet paint auction.

What began two years ago as an innovative idea with only a few weeks to prep has blossomed into an sustainable annual fundraising event celebrating the beauty of the Weskeag and Georges River region through art. The artists will paint at various sites under conservation — for example, along the Weskeag River estuary and marsh — Aug. 12 and 13. The resulting works will be displayed at The Kelpie Gallery  Sunday, Aug. 14, and auctioned off that evening, with the proceeds from the sales split between the artists and Georges River Land Trust. Last year's event grossed nearly $10,000; the land trust’s proceeds benefit its conservation programs.

This year's chosen artists are Tania Amazeen-Jones, Bob Besaw, Kristine Biegel, Midge Coleman, Suzanne deLesseps, Carol Douglas, Sandra Leinonen Dunn, Rachael Eastman, Ken Foster, Kathleen Fox, Stephan Giannini, Lauren Gill, Julie Haskell, Pam Hetherly, Lydia Kaeyer, Jean Kigel, Nancy Lovley, Anna B. McCoy, Maude Robin McCoy, Scott Moore, Ann O'Hara, John David O'Shaughnessy, David Wells Roth, Doug Smith, Holly Smith, Kay Sullivan, Gwen Sylvester, Cali Veilleux, Michael Vermette and Nora West. The artists will work en plein air in a variety of media, from pastels to watercolor to oils.

Beginning at 4 p.m. on Aug. 14, auction attendees will enjoy a cocktail reception and art preview, followed by appetizers and a live auction. The evening will feature dueling auctioneers Bruce Gamage and Kaja Vellieux, starting at 5 p.m. Wet Paint on the Weskeag promises to be a wonderful evening of art, food and friends.

Lead sponsors for this event are Bangor Savings Bank and On the Water Real Estate. Other exclusive business sponsorships are being accepted through Friday, July 15. For opportunities to support art and land conservation, call Megan Williams at the Land Trust, 594-5166.

Georges River Land Trust is committed to protecting the ecosystems and traditional heritage of the Georges River watershed region. For additional activities and more information, visit georgesriver.org.

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