The Selection Committee for the fourth annual Wet Paint on the Weskeag! event has announced 35 artists have been selected to create works to appear in the wet paint auction. The artists will paint at various sites under conservation, for example, along the Weskeag River estuary and marsh, on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 11 and 12. Their works will be on display Sunday, Aug. 13, at The Kelpie Gallery and will be auctioned off that evening with the proceeds from the sales split between the artists and Georges River Land Trust’s conservation programs. Last year's event grossed nearly $16,000.

This year's chosen artists include Tania Amazeen-Jones, Kristine Biegel, Ian Bruce, Ed Buonvecchio, Midge Coleman, Suzanne deLesseps, Carol Douglas, Sandra Leinonen Dunn, Rachel Eastman, Renee Emanuel, Pamela Fenwick, Ken Foster, Stephan Gianini, Lauren Gill, Eric Glass, Julie Haskell, Pamela Hetherly, Dana Jenkins, Lydia Kaeyer, Dick Kelly, Jean Kigel, Nancy Lee Lovley, Anna B. McCoy, Maude Robin McCoy, Scott Moore, John O’Shaughnessy, David Wells Roth, Doug Smith, Holly Smith, Kay Sullivan, Bill Teitsworth, Louise van Keuran, Cali Veilleux, Michael Vermette and Nora West. The artists will work en plein air in a variety of media including pastels, watercolors and oils.

An auction preview and cocktail reception will begin at 4 p.m. that Sunday. Cellardoor Winery, Rock Harbor Brewery and Green Bean Catering will serve to the musical entertainment of bluegrass band Miners Creek as attendees meet the artists and get an up-close view of their Wet Paint works. At 5 p.m. sharp, the animated and entertaining live auction will begin with dueling auctioneers Bruce Gamage and Kaja Veilleux.

Lead sponsors for this event are Bangor Savings Bank, On the Water Real Estate and John Morris Architects. Other exclusive business sponsorships are being accepted through Saturday, July 15. For opportunities to support art and land conservation, call the land trust at 594-5166.

The Georges River Land Trust a 501(c)(3) member-supported nonprofit whose mission is to protect the ecosystems and traditional heritage of the Georges River watershed region. For more information, call; or visit

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