Last week in Portland
To mark the diamond anniversary of Down East Magazine, they commissioned six commemorative covers from six of Maine’s top artists. The art was raffled off last Thursday at a gala event in Portland. Down East is donated $10,000 to 6 charities of the artists’ choosing. Five hundred tickets were sold, 6 lucky people went home with wonderful artwork, and 6 charities benefited from all the generosity.
It was a great evening with delicious food, wonderful company, and great art to look at before they were given away. The artists included the following and their chosen charities are listed with them.
- Eric Hopkins – North Haven EMS
- Alex Katz – Colby College Museum of Art
- MECA Emerging Artist Renee Bouchard – Maine College of Art
- Angela Adams – The Locker Project, a Community Partner of The Good Shepherd Food Bank
- William Wegman – Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association
- Barbara Ernst Prey – Bowdoin College Museum of Art
The evening’s festivities were inside the working buildings of the Portland Company Marine Complex where we were surrounded by three dimensional art structures created by Cindy Thompson at Transformit. The mood was further be set by Laurie Andrews Design, and Headlight Audio Visual.
Music included 60 years of hits performed by the Larry Williams Band of Tony Boffa Music followed by a special performance by Gunther Brown.
Several businesses provided delicious food and drink. It was a delight to see Eric Hopkins. Many of you remember him from the statewide arts education conference in 2007 that we held at the Samoset in Rockport. Eric provided an inspirational keynote that day. And, it was a treat to meet William Wegman and one of his Weimaraner’s that was featured in the magazine. The Wegman dogs have been the inspiration for nearly 20 children’s books. Some of you may have seen his dog photos on the Maine Turnpike rest area in Kennebunkport.