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Sawyer Free Library Art Auction Begins Friday | New

More than 50 works of art will be auctioned off at the Friends of Sawyer’s annual Free Library Art Auction, the proceeds of which will be donated to the library.

The works, which have been on display in the Matz Gallery in the library’s main hall throughout September, will be sold in an online auction, which runs from October 1-5 in sawyerfreelibrary.org.

Works of art come in all sizes and include paintings, drawings and mixed media. Iconic scenes from Cape Ann are always included, showcasing historic architecture and seascapes, as well as whimsical designs.

Friends of the Sawyer Free Library are eager to hold the auction this year as the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the cancellation of last year’s live festive event, which brings together many regular attendees and a tradition for over 20 years.

But due to public health concerns related to the persistent pandemic, the decision was made to create an online auction.

“The Friends Art Committee is very grateful to the talented and generous artists of Cape Ann who donate their art, time and talent to make this library fundraiser a success. Renowned local artists such as Coco Berkman, Ray Crane, David Curtis, Carol Loiacono, Peter Tysver, Jeff Weaver and many more have donated again to this important benefit, demonstrating their commitment to the community and the mission of the library, ”according to a statement from the library.

The money raised supports special programs offered throughout the year for children, adolescents and adults, as well as museum passes that are made available to the community, among other requests. The mission of the Friends organization is to support culturally rich and diverse library programs.

“This group of dedicated volunteers believe that a vibrant library is the cornerstone of an educated, caring and nurturing community environment,” according to an art auction statement.

For details on the Art Auction, the Friends of Sawyer’s free library, and how to get involved, visit www.sawyerfreelibrary.org.

You can reach Gail McCarthy at 978-675-2706 or at [email protected]

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