Just in time for Valentine's Day, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art is offering its annual Art You Love benefit auction in partnership with Artsy, the global online art platform. Featuring 50 works of art by leading and emerging artists connected with Maine, the CMCA auction is an opportunity to purchase art and support CMCA's exhibitions and educational programming for all ages.

"We have so many terrific contemporary artists here in Maine and working with Artsy makes it possible for us to introduce their art to collectors, both near and far," said CMCA Director Suzette McAvoy.

Bidding for CMCA's Art You Love auction, at cmcanow.org/auction, opens at noon Thursday, Feb. 14, and runs through 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28. At the close of the auction, successful bidders will be notified by Artsy and CMCA to make arrangements for shipment.

Artists contributing to the 2019 CMCA Benefit Art Auction include Jeff Ackerman, Daniel Anselmi, Bo Bartlett, John Bisbee, Mattina Blue, Katherine Bradford, Jenny Brillhart, Tom Butler, Sam Cady, Ann Craven, Lois Dodd, David Driskell, Betsy Eby, Carol Eisenberg, Jeff Epstein, Inka Essenhigh, Melanie Essex, Donna Festa, Alan Fishman, Thomas Flanagan, Kathleen Florance, Elizabeth Fox, Linden Frederick, Peter Halley, Alison Hildreth, Cassie Jones, Alex Katz, Fred Kellogg, Sal Taylor Kydd, Amy Lowry, Jonathan Mess, K. Min, Kayla Mohammadi, Anne Neely, Ni Rong, Kate Russo, Claire Seidl, Anneli Skaar, Emilie Stark-Menneg, Sara Stites, Barbara Sullivan, Greta Van Campen, Don Voisine, John Walker, SB Walker, William Wegman, Kathy Weinberg, Shoshannah White, James Wolfe and Dudley Zopp.

CMCA has held a benefit fine art auction showcasing work by national and emerging artists associated with Maine for more than 40 years. For assistance or further information on this year's Art You Love auction, call CMCA at 701-5005 or email jkablack@cmcanow.org.

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