The Camden Public Library is so happy to announce that our first-ever Camden on Canvas plein-air event raised more than $40,000 to benefit the library’s Campaign for the Future. These funds will go directly to securing a resilient future for the library. We are grateful to the talented artists, event volunteers, sponsors, and supportive community who came together last weekend in the beautiful Camden Amphitheatre. Together, you helped strengthen the library’s long-term ability to create young readers, foster lifelong learning, and sustain our historic building and parks.

In addition to doing so much good for the library, Camden on Canvas provided our neighbors a long awaited opportunity to gather in one of our town’s most treasured parks – to simply visit with one another and catch up with old friends. Surrounded by gorgeous paintings on a stunning summer afternoon, we were all reminded of how special our Camden community truly is.

The Camden Public Library and artist Colin Page, owner of Page Gallery, are collaborating to present “Camden on Canvas,” a plein-air fundraiser being held in Camden and surrounding communities, July 30 to August 1.

Twenty notable New England landscape artists will paint, en plein air, at multiple local sites from Friday morning, July 30, to noon on Sunday, August 1. The public is invited to visit the Camden on Canvas Information Tent in Harbor Park, across from the library. There, visitors will find information about the participating artists and a map to the locations where they may be painting. The Information Tent will be open from 9 am to 5 pm, Friday and Saturday, and 9 am to noon on Sunday.

The wet paintings will then be displayed during a free exhibit in the historic Camden Amphitheatre, Sunday, August 1, 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

The weekend will culminate with a ticketed Reception and Live Auction in the Amphitheatre, Sunday, August 1, 4:00 to 6:00 pm, when the weekend’s new works will be auctioned. Music will be performed by Windfern Ensemble and light hors d’oeuvres served by Stone Cove Catering. Auctioneer Kaja Veilleux of Thomaston Place Auction Galleries will kick-off the bidding at 5:00 pm. Tickets for the Reception and Live Auction can be purchased online for $75 each (CLICK HERE) or by calling 207-236-3440. Proceeds from the auction will be shared equally between the Library’s Campaign for the Future and the artists.

“After the time that we’ve come through as a community, it is truly a delight to join together outdoors this summer in the spirit of art,” said Nikki Maounis, Library Director. “Those who take part in this fundraiser will not only be supporting local artists, they will be helping the library continue to create young readers; inspire lifelong learning; and care for our historic building and parks for years to come. We are thrilled to be hosting this vibrant and artistic event.”

Special thanks to Lead Sponsor Ken Gardiner, Edward Jones Investments – Camden and Colin Page of Page Gallery for the exceptional support.

Support also provided by Allen Insurance and Financial,
Lyman-Morse, RE/MAX Jaret & Cohn, and Viking, Inc.

Carver Hill Gallery; Finding Our Voices, provided by Jane Johnson;
Harbor Builders Associates; High Mountain Hall; Once A Tree; Page Gallery;
P.G. Wiley & Co.; Rockport Automotive; and Small Wonder Gallery.