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Maine Discovery Museum's Gala Dinner Auction is "Outta Sight!"

What?  MDM's auction of wooden furniture painted, decorated, and enhanced by Maine artists.
When?  Saturday, November 6th, 2010, 5-9:30 pm Where?  Hilton Garden Inn, 250 Haskell Road, Bangor
Preview: at Maine Discovery Museum, 74 Main St., Bangor, during regular museum hours and online at

Maine Discovery Museum’s 8th annual benefit auction features New-England made oak storage bins that have been transformed into elegant, whimsical, and utterly original works of art.  Every year, artists from across the state of Maine donate their time and amazing talents to help the children’s museum raise money for scholarships and the museum’s annual fund. This combination of practicality and fine art has become the trademark of the museum’s gala event.

Each year the Museum provides artists with a small piece of functional furniture to paint.  Past MDM auctions have featured chairs, “treasure” boxes, benches, clocks, mirrors, and occasional tables.  This year’s auction “canvas” is a 24” high storage bin with removable lid. Many artists have chosen a 4-season theme, with a different season depicted on each of the bin’s sides. Animal lovers and collectors of Maine art will find it hard to choose between the many different treatments of Maine animals and landscapes, with something for every room of the house, office, or summer camp.

Two of the auction’s more unusual works were created by Bangor area artist-craftsmen Chick Rauch and Irvin Krupke. The four sides of Rauch’s bin contain intarsia images of Maine wildlife. Intarsia works are pictures constructed from wood pieces in which different shades and colors are obtained by the use of different grains of different types of wood. The deer, eagle, heron and moose featured on this work are crafted from ebony, walnut, aspen, maple, rosewood, and Western redwood with a finely crafted black bear handle on the lid.  Irvin Krupke, for many years an Industrial Arts/Technology Education teacher at Bangor High School, has had a lifetime fascination with the art of stained glass. The four panels of his elegant “Umbrella Tree” bin are constructed using hand-cast glass, with a shining star center of beveled glass and triangular corner pieces made from antique glass from Germany.

Maine Discovery Museum’s benefit auction also depends on the generosity of these corporate sponsors: Quirk Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep, People’s United Bank, Dead River Company, and the Bangor Daily News. 

Further information about the auction – including a link to the auction invitation, online reservations, photos of the items with artist bios and contacts, and information about placing absentee bids – can be found at:

Questions?  Contact Andrea Stark, Executive Director, Maine Discovery Museum: 207-262-7200 #101; or by email at