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The beauty and inspiration of Maine's coastal wetlands soon could be hanging on a wall near you.

Twenty-seven plein-air painters will be creating outdoor scenes at wildlife sanctuaries this weekend, during Maine Audubon's second annual Brush with Nature event. The public is encouraged to come watch the artists capture breathtaking scenes from the state's salt marshes, coastal forests, freshwater ponds and more.

Jenn Schmitt, strategic audience engagement manager for Maine Audubon, said visitors can enjoy the outdoors and take some of it home, too.

"We have eight beautiful sanctuaries, and we want people to visit them," Schmitt urged. "Maine is known for its beauty and for its art, and so we thought, Why not invite artists to come to the sanctuaries and paint and then have a fundraiser and auction off the artwork afterwards?"

Art from the Brush with Nature event will be available for online bidding Sept. 18, with in-person live and silent auctions for selected paintings on Sept. 29. Proceeds will benefit Maine Audubon's education, conservation and advocacy programs.

Schmitt noted in addition to watching the artists at work, members of the public are invited to create their own works -- paintings, poetry, drawings, movement -- during their visit. Docents will provide mini-journals, pencils, and ideas for nature sketching. She added the event is designed to introduce Audubon's sanctuaries to people who may think they are only for research.

"It's another access point into what we do for some people who may say they're not science-focused," Schmitt explained. "But there's a lot of ways to be involved with nature and conservation that aren't necessarily directly science related."


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