The Center for Maine Contemporary Art has begun previewing its 39th annual benefit art auction, featuring the work of 37 leading and emerging artists connected with Maine. Work may be seen online at cmcanow.org/auction; bidding opens at noon Wednesday, Nov. 9.

The CMCA Art Auction has come to be recognized as the premiere contemporary collecting opportunity in the state, attracting buyers from across Maine and beyond. This year, CMCA is partnering with the online auction house, Paddle8, to bring the works for sale to an even wider audience.

“Partnering with Paddle8 allows us to bring the work of artists with connections to Maine to a global collecting market,” said CMCA Director Suzette McAvoy.

The new online platform allows people to preview and bid on works to benefit CMCA, no matter where they are located, “and the Paddle8 site is really straightforward and easy to navigate, with good images and information about each of the works for sale,” McAvoy said.

Artists contributing to the 2016 CMCA Benefit Art Auction are Bo Bartlett, John Bisbee, Katherine Bradford, Emily Brown, Tom Burckhardt, Tom Butler, John Paul Caponigro, Caleb Charland, Ann Craven, David Dewey, Lois Dodd, David Driskell, Betsy Eby, Inka Essenhigh, Linden Frederick, John Goodman, Ken Greenleaf, Peter Halley, Charlie Hewitt, Tanja Hollander, Yvonne Jacquette, Alex Katz, Rollin Leonard, Amy Lowry, Kayla Mohammadi, John Moore, Paul Oberst, Winston Roeth, Kate Russo, Peter Soriano, Aaron Stephan, Joyce Tenneson, Don Voisine, Todd Watts, William Wegman and Dudley Zopp.

Bidding will remain open until 11:55 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23. Following the auction, CMCA will arrange shipment of the works directly to the buyers. All proceeds from the auction support CMCA’s operations, exhibitions and educational programming.

CMCA is the state’s leading contemporary arts institution dedicated to presenting work by national and emerging artists associated with Maine, including many of the best known of our time.

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