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Originally published in Compass, August 2, 2012
Fifty artists create fundraiser for Penobscot East Resource Center

Over 50 artists from as far away as Idaho and as near as 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 many other media, they have all expressed their individual styles by decorating wooden lobster pot buoys. The buoys are to be auctioned off on Tuesday, August 7, at Fisherman’s Friend restaurant in Stonington. 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, Herman Kidder, June Kellogg, Jon Imber, Doug Wilson, Shari Ciomei, Alice Spencer and numerous others.

Now that Styrofoam lobster buoys have become almost universal, the original wooden style once popular in Maine is regarded as a classic or even an antique. They are now valuable in their own right, but decorated with original artwork by these celebrated artists the buoys are expected to raise significant money for Penobscot East whose work supports not only the lobster industry but the groundfish fishery as well, according to a news release.

Currently, many of the buoys are on display at local art galleries, banks and businesses, including Fisherman‘s Friend, Stonington Public Library, Suzy‘s Scissor Shack and Camden National Bank in Stonington, Turtle Gallery and Bar Harbor Bank & Trust in Deer Isle, Blue Hill Library, Camden National Bank and Bar Harbor Bank in Blue Hill, Union River Gallery and Bangor Savings Bank in Ellsworth.

The event begins at 5 p.m. with a cash bar and preview of all the buoys. The auction commences at 6 p.m.

All pot buoys can be previewed at For more information or to place a silent bid before August 6, call Bobbi Billings at 367-2708.