“Checkmate” by Gabriel McNeil, of Portland, catches the eye if Pat Roy, from Gray, at the open house for the New England School of Metalwork’s’ “Metal: The Art of Force” show and online auction at the Center for Maine Craft in West Gardiner’s travel plaza recently. Bidding goes through October 29 at www.newenglandschoolofmetalwork.com and persons wishing to bid must register with the school for a number. All proceeds benefit the Al Pratt Memorial Scholarship Fund.Amber Waterman/Sun Journal
The second biennial metal art show put on by the New England School of Metalwork of Auburn is on display through Oct. 29 at the Center for Maine Craft at the West Gardiner turnpike plaza.

Works in the “Metal: The Art of Force” exhibit have been donated by more than 25 artists from 11 states. Besides the show, there will be a silent and online auction, with proceeds benefiting the Al Pratt Memorial Scholarship Fund for students in welding and metalsmithing. Scholarship applications are available online and due by Feb. 1.

The silent auction will continue online at www.newenglandschoolofmetalwork.com through midnight Oct. 29, after which winning bidders will be notified directly. Under the direction of the Maine Crafts Association, the Center for Maine Craft includes a retail gallery for handcrafted work by Maine artisans.

“Perennial Flower” by Richard Evens of Bowdoinham

 “Rail Road Spike Novelties” by Clay Spencer, of Somerville, Ala.

“Bow-Tie Sphere” by Jay Sawyer, of Warren.

Detail of “Checkmate” by Gabriel McNeil, of Portland.

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