Art for Equality on First Friday

Rockland — Alan Magee, Eric Hopkins, David Scriven Crowley, John Wood, Susan Beebe, Jonathan Frost, Jared Cowan, Alan Clark, Ann Stein-Aaron, David Allen, Nicole Marie and other noted Maine artists have donated artwork to Art for Equality, a silent auction to benefit EqualityMaine’s effort to secure marriage equality in 2012 for gay and lesbian families in Maine.

Art for Equality will be held during the First Friday art walk Aug. 5 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the David Scriven Crowley Gallery, 409 Main St. All are welcome.

Magee is acclaimed for technically astonishing, incandescent work that invites the viewer to look beneath the surface and engage deeply with what is real and awe-inspiring. Hopkins’ bright bold paintings of shore, sea and sky are icons of coastal Maine. Frost is known for paintings of landscape, portraits, Greek myths and deeply felt, luminous representations of events from the Civil Rights era. Beebe paints her environs in Maine’s Islands, species of birds that are vanishing from the Canadian boreal forest, and portraits. Wood is known for skilled watercolors of landscape and seascape.

Crowley, organizer of Art for Equality, said he is happy to host and contribute all funds collected at the Art for Equality Auction at his gallery.

“I am also in debt to all the amazing artists who have donated their work to this worthy cause. If, through our efforts, we can effect change (marriage for gay and lesbian couples), lending the dignity to people’s lives they deserve, we will have succeeded. In addition, if young people feel more respected and included in this world, perhaps lives may be saved,” he said.

Two years ago, Maine was the first state in the nation to pass a marriage bill through the state legislature and have it signed by the governor.  In a subsequent people’s veto, the measure was narrowly defeated. In the intervening years, support for the freedom of gay and lesbian couples to marry has increased. EqualityMaine has initiated a petition drive to put marriage equality on the ballot and secure equality for lesbian and gay families in 2012.

For more information or to donate art, contact Crowley at 594-0733.

EqualityMaine has worked to secure full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Maine since 1984. To make a donation or for information on the effort to win marriage equality in Maine, visit To find out how to help further marriage equality in the Midcoast, contact EqualityMaine board member Lucie Bauer at or at 236-4734.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to


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