Artist Colin Page can often be found painting, en plein air, around Camden and Rockport. His painting Commercial Dock is an example of the local scenes he captures. Contributed photo

The Camden Public Library and artist Colin Page, owner of the Page Gallery on Bay View Street, are working together to design a unique event called “Camden on Canvas.” The event, to be held throughout town July 30 to Aug. 1, will benefit the library’s Campaign for the Future.

Twenty notable New England landscape artists will paint, en plein air, at various times and locations in Camden and the surrounding area from Friday, July 30, until noon Sunday, Aug. 1. A Camden on Canvas information tent will be located in Harbor Park across from the Camden Public Library on Atlantic Avenue. There, the public will be able to find more information about the participating artists and acquire a map to the locations where they may be painting.

Camden artist Marianne W. Smith painting, en plein air, in front of the Camden Public Library. Smith is one of 20 landscape artists who will be painting in and around Camden during the Camden On Canvas event weekend. Contributed photo

The fresh paintings that are created over the weekend will be on exhibit, free and open to the public, from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1, in the Camden Amphitheatre. Everyone is invited to stroll through this scenic National Historic Landmark to view the new works.

Monhegan Island-based artist Alison Hill is one of 20 artists who will be traveling to Camden to participate in the weekend-long Camden On Canvas plein air event to benefit the Camden Public Library. Contributed photo

A ticketed Reception & Live Auction will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1, in the Camden Amphitheatre, when the paintings from the weekend will be sold. Participants can enjoy music by Windfern Ensemble and partake of light hors d’oeuvres by Stone Cove Catering. Auctioneer Kaja Veilleux of Thomaston Place Auction Galleries will kick off the bidding at 5 p.m.

Tickets for the Reception & Live Auction can be purchased online for $75 each at the library’s event website or by calling 207-236-3440.

Artist Colin Page, of Page Gallery in Camden, is one of the Camden On Canvas event organizers, and also one of 20 painters who will be contributing freshly created artwork to the Aug. 1 auction to benefit the Camden Public Library. Contributed photo

Proceeds from Camden on Canvas will be shared equally between the artists and the Camden Public Library’s Campaign for the Future. “The Campaign for the Future will help us ensure that our library remains the vibrant center of our town’s public life, in times of need and times of abundance,” said Nikki Maounis, library director, according to a news release from the library. “We are a community that creates young readers, inspires lifelong learning, and is graced by a building and parks that have earned the distinction of being a National Historic Landmark. We look forward to hosting this vibrant and artistic event at the library.”

A complete list of artists, supporters, and events can be found online at