“Acadia,” a framed original watercolor by Robert Steinmetz, will be one of the silent art auction highlights at the Jackson Memorial Library Book Fair Saturday, July 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All artwork for the auction is displayed at the library, 71 Main St./Route 131. Bidding is under way and continues until 2 p.m. on July 16. Bidders are not required to be present to win.

After 27 years as a practicing architect in Connecticut, Steinmetz began painting watercolors when he retired and moved to the coast of Maine in 1990. He is honored to have been chosen recently by his artist peers for Signature Membership status in America’s two most prestigious watercolor societies, the American Watercolor Society in New York and the National Watercolor Society in California. His work is regularly chosen by jurors for inclusion in international and national watercolor exhibitions, and it has been cited for numerous awards as well.

Many local artists have contributed pieces to the art auction and to the art raffle. Included in both are paintings, sculpture, pottery, furniture, prints and fine photography. Artists who have contributed include Joe Holub, Lydia Kaeyer, Lauren Gill, Betsy Johnson, Charlene Vanderslice, Lawrence Murphy, Kathleen Fox, John Rasmussen, Jen Mumford, Mimo Gordon Riley, Ed Botkin, Geoff Bladon, Carmella Yager, Bjorn Runquist, Ann Hritz, Fred Carey, Darlene Cocke, Don Moore, Jessica Dubin, Baxter Smith and Jen Derbyshire.

In addition to art and craft pieces in the raffle, gift certificates and baskets have been donated by local merchants and friends of the library. Raffle tickets are on sale at the library, and raffle drawings will begin at noon on Book Fair day. Winners need not be present to win. There are also thousands of sorted books, homebaked goods and a children's corner. For more information, call the library at 372-8961 or visit jacksonmemoriallibrary.org.

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