Artists are wanted to paint, decorate, construct and otherwise create original artwork on a birdhouse theme for an upcoming benefit auction event. The Build and Bid to Benefit Kids auction, which will benefit children’s programs in Rockland, will be held in July at Lincoln Street Center for Arts and Education, 24 Lincoln St.

Housed in the former Rockland High School and Junior High, Lincoln Street Center is in its 10th year of hosting theater programs, visual arts, music and fitness for youth. Scholarships are always made available to those who need support.

The Birdhouse Bonanza Auction and Fundraiser, initiated by John Batty of the Rockland Kiwanis, will begin as a national online auction through The first artist to submit a birdhouse will be awarded an “early bird” prize and receive publicity for his or her work. Those who join this fundraising opportunity will be in good company of local artist Eric Hopkins, who has committed to creating a birdhouse for the auction. Participating artists have the option to create an original birdhouse from materials of their choice — blown glass, lobster buoy, driftwood, seashells, fairy houses, etc. — or purchase a standard birdhouse from the Kiwanis for $10.

A selection of birdhouses will be featured in Main Street storefronts leading up to the live auction Saturday, July 24 in the Lincoln Street Center gymnasium. Bruce Gamage will preside as event auctioneer.

For more information and online registration, visit and click on the link to Birdhouse Bonanza Auction and Fundraiser. Rockland Kiwanis provides support for children’s programs and needs in the community. Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time. Lincoln Street Center provides a supportive environment where people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities can study, create, and present all forms of art.

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