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Lisa for Maine Campaign Launches Online Art Auction, Live Event May 21

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Today, Lisa Savage, independent Green candidate for the U.S. Senate, announced the Lisa Savage for U.S. Senate Art Auction, which will serve as a fundraiser for her campaign and a way to support local artists during the pandemic. Starting May 18, people will have an opportunity to bid on a selection of works as part of a silent auction, culminating in a virtual live auction on May 21, conducted by Richard Roberts, starting at 5:30 p.m. The auction can be found at www.LisaforMaine.art.

“Of course,” said Savage, “we’re hoping to raise funds for the campaign, but we’re also hoping to raise awareness of the deep reservoir of artistic excellence we have here in Maine and the struggles that creatives are having during the pandemic. For each work donated, the artist will decide how much of the sale price to receive as an honorarium and we are thrilled they are donating a portion of the results of their skill and labor to our campaign for people, planet, and peace.”

Participating artists include Titi de Baccarat, whose work was suppressed in his native Gabon before he immigrated here to Maine and was able to quickly find supporters eager to engage with his provocative work. Robert Shetterly’s “Americans Who Tell the Truth” series should resonate deeply with those who are fed up with the current state of the country’s leadership, where truth is seemingly an afterthought. Joceyln Lee’s powerful portraits seek to bring attention to the cultural invisibility of mature women. Natasha Mayers is artist-in-residence for Peace Action Maine and a lifelong activist for peace. 

In addition, visitors to the auction will also find non-political pieces by artists who simply support Savage’s campaign policy goals, like Medicare for All, a demilitarized Green New Deal, an end to student debt, and ranked choice voting. 

Richard Brown Lethem’s abstract pieces have been shown in galleries up and down the East Coast. John Alsop is an oil painter steeped in the imagery of Central Maine. Barbara Sullivan is a studio art instructor at the University of Maine-Farmington, working in uniquely shaped frescoes. Abby Shahn is a vivid colorist whose show at Speedwell Projects in Portland was installed, but never opened due to the arrival of the pandemic. 

A full list of works will be available, with minimum bids, at www.LisaForMaine.art. Artists continue to join the effort, now including photographer Maryjane Johnston, painter Susan Hellewell, painter Kenny Cole, visual and performance artist William Hessian, visual artist Tamar Etingen, and painter Gail Pfeifle. 

“I’m honored by this collection of talented artists coming together to help propel our push for the Senate,” said Savage. “I’ve admired many of their works for years. Their support of this campaign is encouraging but not terribly surprising: Maine artists are ever in the forefront of struggles for justice and political transformation. Hopefully, their pieces will find their way onto the walls and into the homes of new admirers who also support our campaign to give the people of Maine a senator who truly represents their hopes, values, and concerns.”

Find information about Lisa Savage, her policy positions, background, and how to support her people-powered campaign at www.LisaforMaine.org.

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