A family takes a peek at the offerings at Camden on Canvas. Courtesy of the Camden Public Library

CAMDEN — The Camden Public Library and artist Colin Page, owner of the Page Gallery on Bay View Street, are hosting an encore of “Camden on Canvas.” The event, to be held throughout town July 29 through July 31, is to benefit the library’s Campaign for the Future.

Twenty notable New England landscape artists will paint, en plein air, at various times and locations in Camden and the surrounding area from Friday, July 29, until noon on Sunday, July 31. A Camden on Canvas information tent will be located on Atlantic Avenue at the entrance to the Camden Public Library. There, the public will be able to find more information about the participating artists and where they may be painting in and around town.

A bidder at the live auction at Camden on Canvas. Courtesy of the Camden Public Library

The fresh paintings that are created over the weekend will be on exhibit, free and open to the public, Sunday, July 31, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Camden Amphitheatre. Everyone is invited to stroll through this scenic National Historic Landmark to view the new works.

A ticketed reception and live auction will be held in the Camden Amphitheatre Sunday, July 31, from 4 to 6 p.m., when the paintings from the weekend will be sold. Participants will enjoy light hors d’oeuvres by Stone Cove Catering and view the wet paintings. Auctioneer Kaja Veilleux of Thomaston Place Auction Galleries will kick-off the bidding at 5 p.m. Tickets for the reception and live auction can be purchased online for $75 each at the library’s event website, librarycamden.org/CamdenOnCanvas, or by calling 207-236-3440. In case of rain on Sunday, July 31, the reception and auction will be moved indoors.

A view of the live auction in the Camden Amphitheatre at Camden on Canvas. Courtesy of the Camden Public Library

Proceeds from Camden on Canvas will be shared equally between the artists and the Camden Public Library’s Campaign for the Future. “The Campaign for the Future will help us ensure that our library remains the vibrant center of our town’s public life, in times of need and times of abundance,” said Nikki Maounis, library director. “We are a community that creates young readers, inspires lifelong learning, and is graced by a building and parks that have earned the distinction of being a National Historic Landmark. We look forward to hosting this vibrant and artistic event at the library.”

Special thanks to Magnum Opus Lead Sponsor Ken Gardiner, Edward Jones Investments – Camden, and Colin Page of Page Gallery for the exceptional support. The library is also grateful to Masterpiece sponsors Lyman-Morse Camden Classic Cup and RE/MAX Jaret & Cohn. A complete list of artists, supporters and events can be found at librarycamden.org/CamdenOnCanvas.

Jill Hoy creates a colorful Camden Harbor while painting en plein air on the harbor. Courtesy of the Camden Public Library

George Van Hook paints en plein air at the top of Mount Battie for Camden on Canvas. Courtesy of the Camden Public Library