ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Public Library will host an online art auction throughout December in order to give regional artists a spacious venue to show and sell their work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Online bidding will start Dec. 1 at www.ellsworthlibrary.net.
The monthlong auction, proceeds from which will partially benefit the library, replaces the library’s year-round program of monthly, in-person shows featuring local Maine artists. Over the years, library patrons have enjoyed seeing diverse artworks as part of the library’s role as a cultural hub for the greater Ellsworth community.
Since COVID-19’s emergence and spread early last spring, the Ellsworth Library has been forced to postpone its live exhibitions, leaving many local artists without a platform to exhibit and sell their work. In response, an arts committee was formed, and the idea for an online auction was born, drawing artists from across Maine to participate, including Alison Rector,Barbara Shelley, Linden O’Ryan and Hugo Diaz, among others.
In addition to being posted on the online platform, the artists’ work will be displayed in various sections of the library building for in-person viewing during this time of limited admission to patrons.
“We are thrilled to highlight the work of talented local artists through this fundraising auction and display in the library,” said the library’s director, Amy Wisehart. “Their generosity is so very appreciated, and we are happy to offer this opportunity to local art lovers who also want to support the library.”
For info on how to submit artwork for the auction, or how to place bids online, contact Community Engagement Librarian Abby Morrow at 667-6363 or [email protected]