Kelpie Gallery to host wet paint event

Sep 04, 2014
Kelpie Gallery grand opening attendees enjoy a beautiful day outdoors in July. The South Thomaston gallery will host a wet painting benefit event Saturday, Sept. 13.

South Thomaston — The Kelpie Gallery will host Wet Paint on the ‘Weskeag!, a wet paint auction to benefit the Georges River Land Trust, Saturday, Sept. 13. Notable local artists will set up easels along the Weskeag River to create works of art that will be auctioned off that evening at the gallery, 81 Elm St./Route 73.

Guests are welcome to a cocktail reception at 5 p.m. at which the artwork to be auctioned will be on display. The cash bar will feature wines by Savage Oakes Vineyard and Winery of Union and beer by Rock Harbor Pub and Brewery of Rockland. A combo from the Mondaynite Jazz Orchestra will add a musical note to the evening.

The live auction will begin at 6:30 p.m. with Bruce Gamage, auctioneer. There will be no bidding registration fees. Raffle items also will be available, including “River Alewives,” a framed original blind contour ink and watercolor by Susan Lewis Baines; dinner for two at the Hartstone Inn in Camden with a cookbook by renowned Chef Michael Salmon; a one-hour horseback riding lesson at Pepper Hill Farm in South Thomaston; a gift certificate for framing from Primrose Framing in Rockland; and a family membership to the Owls Head Transportation Museum. Raffle tickets are one for $5, six for $20.

The Kelpie Gallery in the Weskeag Village held its grand opening July 19. Gallery owners Susan Baines and Lauren Lewis welcomed approximately 200 people to the five-hour open house event, including many of the exhibiting artists. The cocktail reception was enhanced with music provided by cellist Kristin Miller and the setting, Pepper Hill Farm, charmed first-time visitors.

The gallery’s inaugural show, “The Sky's The Limit,” runs through Sept. 28 and features work by Susan Lewis Baines, Sarah Barnard-Blitz, Allen Bunker, Sandra Leinonen-Dunn, Julie Haskell, Pamela Hetherly and Jill Valliere.

For more information, visit TheKelpieGallery.comor call the gallery at 691-0392 or 691-3416 or the Georges River Land Trust at 594-5166.

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

Gallery owners Lauren Lewis, left, and Susan Lewis Baines take a moment to enjoy the launch of their new venture.
Indoors, gallery attendees enjoy each other's company as well as the fine artwork at the grand opening.
Gallery artist Jill Valliere talks about her creative process with Jamie Wyeth at tKelpie Gallery's grand opening in July.
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