However, the third annual Paint Essex Day and Wet Paint Auction, slated for this weekend, allows this opportunity.
"This year, we're doing it as a two-day event," said
Artists are planning to descend on the riverside town on Saturday, Coviello said, adding that they come from all over, not just
"Artists will have the ability to paint anywhere in
According to a merchants group news release, paintings have to be completed by 8 that night. Eramo noted that each artist will put a red bandanna on their easel so people can go watch them paint.
"There were close to 80 (artists) last year," Coveillo said, adding that due to the success of the past two years, the group decided to push the art auction until the next evening. In the barn at the
Art demonstrations are planned to precede it earlier that afternoon with local artist
To kick off the auction, there will be a reception at the reservation, starting at
As an upgrade this year, the
Last year, the event drew in around
"The money goes to promoting
This year, organizers hope even more money will go back to the community and artists than in the past two years.
"This year, we got sponsors to help defray our overhead costs," Coveillo said.
The event had nine sponsors as of the time the news release was written, but Coviello said in the release that more could be added.
Coviello said in the statement that the event is a "perfect fit" for the town.
"There are innumerable natural views, historical settings and enough quirky locations and artifacts to fill a thousand canvases," he wrote.
Coviello said that he believes the
"There's been a very regular group of visitors," he said, adding that trestaurants have done well this summer. "We are poised to be extremely successful."
Artists interested in registering in advance can contact Eramo at the gallery at 978-880-8043 or via email at email@example.com.
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