NAPLES — The Naples Public Library will hold a Paddle Art Auction from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Naples Country Club.

Twenty-four one-of-a-kind works of art, painted on ash canoe paddles, will be available for bidding. Contributors include talented local hobbyists as well as many professional, widely exhibited artists.

Each paddle features a different Maine-inspired scene, from loons to lupines, puffins to lobsters, and many stops in between. Several different genres will be represented, such as oils, acrylics, wood-burning, collage and gold leafing.

One of the auction highlights will be a lovely landscape wall hanging quilt, available for bidding. This quilt, handmade by local volunteers, interprets a Maine mountain scene as seen through a screen of birch trees. It captures the brilliant colors of the Lakes Region surroundings beautifully.

“We are very excited about this chance to bring our artists’ unique creations into the library and display them for all to see. It’s a wonderful opportunity to bring the community together, have a fun event, and benefit the library all at the same time,” said Christine Powers, director of the Naples Library.

Most of the paddles are on display now at the library.

Tickets to the auction are $10 and may be purchased at the library, the Country Sleigh, the Black Bear Cafe, the Naples Country Club or at the door. Price includes light hors d’oeuvres. A cash bar will be available.

To see all the paddles, visit the library website at

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