STONINGTON — On Tuesday, Aug. 7, at the Fishermen’s Friend restaurant, there will be an opportunity to bid on a collection of lobster pot buoys and support the Penobscot East Resource Center.
More than 50 artists from Idaho, Washington, D.C., Blue Hill, Deer Isle and surrounding Hancock County towns are contributing their talents to a special fund-raiser on behalf of Penobscot East Resource Center.
Using collage, fabric, paint, ink, metal, wood, rope, photography and other media, they have expressed their individual styles by decorating wooden lobster pot buoys.
The buoys will be auctioned off upstairs at the Fishermen’s Friend. Richard Howe will be the auctioneer.
The contributors, many of whom have national reputations, include Phil Levine, Vaino Kola, Emily Brett-Lukens, Jill Hoy, Fred Woell, Janis Goodman, Frederica Marshall and Herman Kidder, June Kellogg, Jon Imber, Doug Wilson, Shari Ciomei, Alice Spencer and many others.
Now that Styrofoam lobster buoys have become almost universal, the original wooden buoys once popular in Maine are regarded as classics. Some antique buoys are now valuable in their own right.
The buoys decorated with original artwork by these celebrated artists are expected to raise significant money for Penobscot East, whose work supports not only the lobster industry but the groundfish fishery as well. Many of the buoys are already on display at local art galleries, banks and businesses. Minimum bids start at $100.
The auction festivities begin at 5 p.m. when the cash bar opens and patrons can preview all the buoys. The auction begins at 6.
All pot buoys can be previewed online at www.penobscoteast.org.
For more information or to place a silent auction bid before Aug. 6, call 367-2708.