Brush with Nature 2022

Brush with Nature: Plein Air Event and Art Auction 2022

Maine Audubon is pleased to announce the return of Brush with Nature: Plein Air Event and Art Auction. We are inviting some of Maine’s finest plein air painters to be inspired by nature at our sanctuaries and create art outdoors to engage visitors in the artistic process. The paintings will be auctioned off, with proceeds benefiting Maine Audubon’s education, conservation, and advocacy programs.  

Juried artists paint at one of the eight Maine Audubon sanctuaries from Saturday, August 20 through Tuesday, September 6, 2022. During Painting Weekend, Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28, the public is invited to watch participating artists work, visit the sanctuaries, and be inspired to create on their own.

September 18: Artist reception 2-4 pm; in-person previews at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center in Falmouth begin.

September 19: Online bidding opens including Buy It Now options. 

How do I bid? Click here for the Bidding FAQ page.

September 29, 5:30 – 8 pm: In-person live and silent auction of select paintings at Gilsland Farm Audubon Sanctuary in Falmouth.

Tickets will not be available at the doors; please purchase tickets online in advance!

Thanks to our event and media sponsors, Down East, Mast Landing Brewing Company, and Devenish Wines!

2022 Participating Artists and their sanctuary assignments

Russel Whitten painting at East Point Sanctuary, Brush with Nature 2021

East Point, Biddeford Pool
M.J. Benson
Bruce McMillan
Chris Reed
Linda Sullivan
Michael E. Vermette

Rebekah Lowell painting at Gilsland Farm in Falmouth, Brush with Nature 2021

Gilsland Farm Audubon Sanctuary, Falmouth:
Mary Brooking
Sara Gray
Rabee Kiwan
Rebekah Lowell
Kerrin Parkinson
Timothy Parks
Patricia Lawrence Ritzo
Russel Whitten

Fields Pond Audubon Sanctuary, Holden
Jennifer Schmitt

Hamilton, West Bath
Christine Cahalane
Matthew Russ
Joyce Smith

Mast Landing, Freeport
Michelle Leavy

Josephine Newman Audubon Sanctuary, Georgetown
Sarah Baskin
Jane Herbert
Lisa Kyle

Scarborough Marsh
Michael Boardman
Michael Brown
Christine Labaree
Marguerite Lawler
Graham Wood

Marguerite Lawler painting at Scarborough Marsh, Brush With Nature 2021

Brush with Nature Details

Who: Open to all full-time and part-time residents of Maine

Medium: Open to all mediums as long as they can safely be used at a wildlife sanctuary. 

Artwork Size: Maximum 36″ x 36″

Benefit: Participating artists donate 50%, 75% or 100% of the selling price of the art to Maine Audubon. The proceeds fund Maine Audubon’s education, conservation, and advocacy programs. 

Location: Art creation will take place  at the eight Maine Audubon sanctuaries. Visit our website for information about each one, including directions, descriptions of the habitat, flora, and fauna, and an aerial tour. Artists will be asked to choose their top three preferred locations. Maine Audubon will not be able to cover any expenses for travel and lodging, but will be available to transport finished works to Gilsland Farm in Falmouth. 

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