Sawyer Free Library is preparing to host its 15th annual art auction next week to raise money for the public library, with the help of local artists who have donated 74 works.
The action begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, with a preview show, including hors d’oeuvres and music on the main floor of the library. The auction starts at 7 p.m.
The Art Advisory Committee members, who organize the art auction, noted that a brief survey of the artists reveals that their works have been exhibited all over the North Shore, throughout the United States, and in galleries as far-flung as Italy and France.
Library director Carol Gray said this is one of the best collections ever and was touched by the support of the art community.
A late addition to the collection came in the form of a donation in honor of the late Margaret Laurie-Abramo, a well-known Gloucester artist who died Sept. 16. Laurie-Abramo was a watercolor artist and teacher whose works are hanging worldwide and have been included in three major international art books.
Organizers want the evening to be a celebration of local art, featuring landscapes, seascapes, still life, in both traditional and modern styles, all presented by a lively auctioneer Jack Good.
Mary Weissblum, one of the planners, encourages residents and visitors to attend even if one is unable to bid because the planners want others to experience the fun of such an event. Proceeds from the auction will be used for the purchase of art books, periodicals and DVDs.
“The evening allows residents to appreciate the beauty and creativity of the Cape Ann art world while supporting the art collection of Sawyer Free Library,” said Weissblum.