“PICKET FENCE,” by Jillian Herrigel, will be one of the works featured at the 10x10 silent auction.

“PICKET FENCE,” by Jillian Herrigel, will be one of the works featured at the 10×10 silent auction.


The 9th Annual 10×10 Benefit Art Exhibit and Sale benefitting Arts Are Elementary will take place Friday from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Curtis Memorial Library’s Morrell Meeting Room and St. Paul’s Church Parish Hall in Brunswick. The event supports Brunswick’s elementary school children and 175 Maine artists showing and selling over 300 original works of art.

Each work of art at the exhibit will sell for $200 with half the proceeds going to Arts Are Elementary and the remainder to the artist. Additional donations will also be accepted. To date the 10×10 efforts have raised $95,000 for AAE.

Three original works will be offered during this year’s silent auction. They are all winners and finalists of the publicity contest from which this year’s poster was designed. Jillian Herrigel’s work, “Picket Fence,” was chosen to represent the event on posters and publicity. Second place winner, Paula Burleson’s “Ship Shapes” and finalist, Patricia Norzow’s “Summer Hay,” will also be offered for bidding.

Artists with the last names beginning from A through J are presented at the Curtis Memorial Library, while artists K-Z are located at the Parish Hall of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Artists are often on hand to chat with art enthusiasts. Buyers enter the venues, go to the work they would like to purchase and raise their hands. A 10×10 helper removes the work and carries it to the cashier where the work is purchased and wrapped for its new home.

The event’s reception is attended by hundreds of people, and refreshments donated by area restaurants are offered to attendees. The Frontier Cafe hosts a cash bar. Many businesses and schools have also provided volunteers and publicity support for the 10×10 Event.

Arts Are Elementary, the non-profit beneficiary of this show, provides an artist residency for every elementary school class in Brunswick. Each visiting artist designs a program to compliment and enhance the class curriculum. Education in the creative arts crosses the boundaries of age, gender and ideology. Since 2008, the AAE program has exposed over 38,200 students to the diversity of the arts including drama, dance, visual arts, creative writing, music and theater. Visit artsareelementary.org to learn more about Arts Are Elementary.

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