Cape Elizabeth, Maine Art Auction. Maine Artist EMFerrell

Cape Elizabeth, Maine Art Auction. Maine Artist EMFerrell

Erin McGee Ferrell, Maine Artist. One of thirty Maine Artists Selected to participate in the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust’s 2015 Paint For Preservation.

Photos by Martha Agan.

Paint For Preservation 2015
Photo by Martha Agan
Cape Elizabeth Land Trust

The Cape Elizabeth Land Trust will hold Paint for Preservation 2015, its eighth annual Wet Paint Auction and reception, on Sunday, July 12, 2015 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. The event will be held in a new venue this year – Garrison Field, a beautiful seaside estate overlooking Pulpit Rock in Cape Elizabeth – and will be hosted by Mr. Van Stewart. Enjoy live music, refreshments, catered hors d’oeuvres, art and a lively auction all in a lovely setting.

As one of the most anticipated Wet Paint Auctions in Maine each summer, Paint for Preservation presents a diverse collection of works by highly accomplished artists. Throughout the day, thirty selected artists will paint on site at designated public and private locations chosen to highlight Maine’s natural beauty.

In the evening, a live auction and cocktail reception will be held and the newly painted pieces will be sold in competitive bidding for the unique and beautiful depictions of our natural world. The proceeds benefit the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust’s initiative, Saving Cape’s Great Places, to permanently preserve local strategic conservation land.

This event has sold out for six consecutive years, so early reservations are encouraged. Tickets to the evening auction and reception are $60 each in advance and $70 each on the day of the event (subject to availability).

Cape Elizabeth, Maine Art Auction. Maine Artist EMFerrell

36 x 36 inch. Oil on Wood

Cliff Walk towards Ram’s Island Lighthouse

Erin McGee Ferrell

Private Collection of Dave and Martha Sherman

Cliff Walk to Ram's Island Lighthouse
36 x 36 inches

“This is my second year participating in the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust Paint For Preservation. Last year I created an oil painting depicting the Fort Door in the Cliff at Fort Williams. This year I was intrigued by the New Cliff Walk Gardens and the view to Ram’s Head Island Light House. The spring and summer capturing urban community gardens in Portland in the Whole Foods Sponsored’ “Across The Street Project, “ wet my interest in the arboretum on the Cliff at Portland Headlight, Maine.”


Posted: July 8, 2015


Written by: Bob Keyes – staff writer –

What fun it would be to stop at a Portland gallery and see new work by Marsha Donahue, Michael Vermette, Caleb Stone, Jill Hoy and Michael Boardman. They are among Maine’s top watercolor and oil painters today. Through the refined eyes of an artist, they tell the story of Maine’s beauty and allure with both splashy and muted colors and a range of taste.

On Sunday, they and two dozen more of Maine’s best-known artists come together for Paint for Preservation, a fundraiser for the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust. Thirty artists will spend the day in the fields, on the rocks and in the meadows of Cape Elizabeth, exploring the town’s prettiest properties and vistas and making fresh paintings.

That evening, beginning at 5 p.m., they’ll gather at Van Stewart’s seaside estate at Garrison Field, where the work created during the day will be auctioned. The event raises about $60,000 for the land trust, whose annual operating budget is between $250,000 and $300,000. Proceeds benefit the land trust initiative Saving Cape’s Great Places to preserve conservation land.

In eight years, Paint for Preservation has become a favorite event of Maine artists, who are chosen by jury.

A piece from the artist Erin Ferrell.

The jury process “tends to produce great results in artwork, a show you are proud to be part of,” said painter Marsha Donahue of Millinocket. “The whole day is celebratory, artist to artist, neighbor to neighbor and collector to artist.”

She got involved because she supports the work of the land trust. Before moving to northern Maine, Donahue lived in Cape Elizabeth. Paint for Preservation is the only live painting auction event she says yes to.

Christopher Franklin, executive director of the land trust, said the fundraiser attracts applications from artists across Maine and beyond. The first couple of years, mostly artists from Cape Elizabeth expressed interest.

“We’re pleased to have the attention,” Franklin said. “Having these artists interpret and portray the places we see in our daily lives aligns so well with our mission. These are remarkable places, and that connection between the land and artists is as old as time.”

Garrison Field is a new venue for the event. It’s a seaside estate that overlooks Pulpit Rock, which has long been a destination for painters. The party includes music, refreshments, hors d’oeuvres and the auction.

The event usually attracts about 400 people, said organizer Mary Anne Cary. Its continued success remains a point of pride for members of the organizing committee, who are mindful that it can’t go on forever. Keeping the roster of artists small and encouraging new artists each year helps keep it fresh, she said.


WHEN: 5-8 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Garrison Field, Cape Elizabeth
TICKETS: $60 in advance, $70 on Sunday
MORE INFO: or 207-767-6054

Erin McGee Ferrell

Erin McGee Ferrell is inspired by architecture merging with landscape. The artist notices the spaces of sky and buildings between suspended electrical lines, seeking to paint the moments of sky that occur between the floors of a parking garage. Drawing is the foundation of her work as an artist. McGee Ferrell’s work may scream abstraction, but underneath adheres to visual accuracy and measurement. Addicted to adrenaline, the artist paints in highly public places where she is forced to paint fast and true. Recent work has focused on the merging of urban and coastal architectural structures in Philadelphia and Maine. McGee Ferrell is a natural entrepreneur who is determined to be an influential and important Contemporary American Artist.


Erin McGee Ferrell studied oil painting at Mount Holyoke College, Pennsylvania Academy of Art, University of the Arts Philadelphia, and The University of Louisville, KY. She has studied and created art in Italy and Nigeria. Collectors include TD Ameritrade, AtlantiCare New Jersey, Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, INC. Philadelphia, The Episcopal Diocese of Boston, the CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, professional hockey player Kimmo Timonen, and America’s Cup Winner- Robert James Gale.