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Kimball-Jenkins School throws its second ‘Paint the Town Art Auction’

"Wave Receding" by Bonnie Jensen Halsey is one of the works up for auction.

"Wave Receding" by Bonnie Jensen Halsey is one of the works up for auction.

If you decide to bid on Lisa Hall’s beaded statement necklace or Boyan Moskov’s ceramic vase, you’ll want to consider the craftsmanship and expertise that went into these striking pieces. But it may help to also envision an 8-year-old humming as she strings beads on a piece of jewelry for her mom or a pre-teen discovering the fun of ceramics for the first time.

Last year more than 50 young people applied for art scholarships at Kimball-Jenkins School of Art. Every one of them got assistance, thanks largely to the first annual Paint the Town Art Auction, which raised nearly $40,000 for the school. On top of that, the event helped support local artists and gave art lovers a chance to get quality art for cheap.

Not surprisingly, they’re doing it again. This year’s auction will take place Sept. 6, at 5:30 p.m. in the Carriage House and on the front lawn of the historic Kimball-Jenkins Estate. Organizers hope to raise $50,000 through this year’s event.

“It’s a great night out. The people who came last year said it was a lot of fun,” said Ryan Linehan, executive director of the school, which offers a variety of art classes, after-school programs and summer camps for kids and adults. “You get really good deals on really nice original art too. A lot of people are kind of starting their collections with it.”

This year’s gala includes music, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner and a wine raffle, along with a silent and live auction. More than 70 pieces are up for bid, including numerous paintings by popular area artists, art school instructors and students, as well as jewelry and sculptures. Several of the pieces have been donated, while others are being auctioned off on commission. A ceramic vase by Moskov is expected to cause a stir – “It’s very sought after,” Linehan said – as is an original sculpture by Dan Dustin. “It’s a little rare. He doesn’t do many sculptures,” he said.

Other highlights include a watercolor by Carolyn Sherman and an original piece by Becky Darling. “It’s a beautiful watercolor of Acadia National Park,” Linehan said.

Interested? You don’t have to wait to start bidding. All of the pieces are featured online (go to and click the link to the online auction). The live and silent auctions will begin where the online auctions leave off. If you fall in love with a piece but can’t make it to the event, you can also place an absentee bid that will be placed for you that night.

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