Every year, benefits from the sale of artwork by the Pemaquid Group of Artists are shared with area residents. A long-standing mission of this group is to foster an appreciation of art in the mid-coast area and to support art education. Funding for this mission comes from commissions on sales, membership fees, the sale of donated artworks and financial donations from visitors.

Each year the group presents checks to local schools and organizations to encourage art education. Past recipients have been Great Salt Bay Community School in Damariscotta, Bristol Consolidated Schools, Healthy Kids, South Bristol School and Lincoln Academy in Newcastle.

Paintings donated by individual gallery artists are offered for sale with all proceeds going to the scholarship fund. This year, paintings by several members have been donated and may be viewed and purchased at the Gallery in Lighthouse Park, Bristol.

In addition, each year a museum pass to the Portland Museum of Art is provided to Skidompha Library for use by community members. The free pass to the museum can be accessed simply by making a reservation at the Library. One pass per day is available. (Note: you do not need to be a library member to access this pass.) The Library is on Main Street in Damariscotta, phone is 207-887-0919.

The Pemaquid Art Gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 11. For more information, call 207-677-2752.

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