Friends of Sears Island is turning 10 years old, and is planning an exciting event to celebrate! A benefit art auction and reception will be held on August 19th from 5 – 7pm at the Captain A.V. Nickels Inn in Searsport. Enjoy a lovely summer evening celebrating the accomplishments of this hardworking, volunteer-run organization.   

Works to be featured in our auction, from L to R: "Stormy Seas" by Sandi Cirillo, untitled by Archie Barnes, "Close to the Road" by Peg Worth.

Works to be featured in our auction, from L to R: “Stormy Seas” by Sandi Cirillo, untitled by Archie Barnes, “Close to the Road” by Peg Worth.

Tickets can be purchased at the door for $25 per person. The entry fee includes a complimentary glass of wine or beer and appetizers. Over 25 works by Maine artists in media including watercolors, oils, pastels, ceramics, and fiber will be on display, and auctioned off by Mark Bradstreet of Downeast Auctions. Credit cards, cash, or check will all be accepted. The Captain A.V. Nickels Inn is located at 127 East Main Street in Searsport. For more information, please email or call Ashley at 975-3878. All proceeds from this event will support conservation and education programs on Sears Island.

Sears Island is the largest undeveloped island on the Eastern Seaboard connected to the mainland, making it accessible to all. Friends of Sears Island (FOSI) was granted nonprofit status in 2006 and became the designated steward of the 601 acres of the island placed under a permanent conservation easement in 2009. FOSI is committed to preserving and protecting this unique resource, while encouraging low-impact recreational uses and developing educational programs on the island. In the last decade, FOSI has developed a series of trails, built a stairway to the beach, added bridges over wet areas, constructed benches, designed and built an informational kiosk, and worked with Maine Department of Transportation and the Town of Searsport to install a more welcoming entry gate. FOSI also offers guided nature walks which are free and open to all.