The Ogunquit Museum of American Art will host the seventh annual Almost Labor Day Auction from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds from the auction benefit the museum.

The preview exhibition of the works for this auction comes across as a very strong show rather than some begged sale of dusty old canvases by over-stretched artists. For example, an edition of Will Barnet’s donated print is currently a featured work at the Portland Museum of Art.

I was heartily impressed by works of emerging artists: Christopher Keister’s circular precision, Brigitte Keller’s subtle geometry, Tanya Fletcher’s subtractive painting of hands against not-so-young knees, Nicole Duennebier’s deliriously high-collared biological abstraction and, most of all, Katherine Doyle’s “Fire Above the Falls” — an ultra-vivid dream of a veiled moment of sexual revelation around a campfire under a night sky.

The auction features about 50 works, virtually all of which are very worthy. It also has a particularly strong set of donations from members of the Ogunquit Art Association, whose current show at the nearby Barn Gallery is a notable element of the statewide Maine Drawing Project.

Reservations start at $50 per person. One-time bids may be made at [email protected].