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September 20, 2012

Ready, set, paint: Art auction set for Sept. 29

Art auction benefits Commission for Diversity and Tolerance

While it’s common to see artists at work, painting scenes of various spots across the city, next Saturday they will be especially hard to miss.

The annual Wet Paint Auction, a benefit for Newburyport’s Commission for Diversity and Tolerance, will be held at Mission Oak Grill’s Steeple Hall on Sept. 29, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The popular fundraiser will feature nearly 40 artists from throughout the Greater Newburyport area, organizer Kathleen Shaw said. They will each spend the day creating a painting to be auctioned that evening. The artists can choose to paint at their studios or “en plein air” (outdoors).

Artists who set up an easel outside to work will hang orange flags or signs stating that he or she is working on a piece for the wet paint auction, Shaw said.

The goal is to pique the interest of passers-by who see the artists at work and draw them into attending the auction to bid on the finished piece, she added.

“It’s amazing what people can create in a day,” Shaw said. “It’s phenomenal.”

Among those set to take part is prominent Newburyport artist Robert Scott Jackson. The internationally known artist has been a member of prestigious art clubs such as The Copley Society Of Boston and is a Copley Master. Jackson is a graduate of Vesper George School of Art in Boston.

“We’re glad he is returning (to the auction),” Shaw said.

He will be joined by fellow artists BJ Beck, Alan Bull, Audrey Bechler, Cynthia Cooper, Christine Molitor Johnson, Karen Jones, Marjet Lesk, Pat Lutz, Beverly Mitchell, Susan Spellman, Ellen Sullivan Taylor and Jacob Towle, among others.

A preview of the paintings, as well as a silent auction, will begin at 6:30 p.m. with entertainment provided by classical guitarist Donna Ricci.

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