The Maine Home+Design Midcoast Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 5 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 6 at Point Lookout Resort, Route 1, features an art auction to benefit Habitat for Humanity.

The Constructions for Humanity project, sponsored in part by Cellardoor Winery, offered a unique challenge to nine Maine artists who do assemblage or constructed pieces: create Maine-made art that incorporates elements of the construction trade in new and innovative ways.

The assignment was to take the contents of a box of random materials donated by exhibitors at the Maine Home+Design Midcoast Show and create a piece of original art to be auctioned off to benefit the Midcoast Habitat for Humanity Chapter. Each piece had to be no larger than 3-feet-by-3-feet and as many materials as possible had to be used; each artist was allowed add materials of his or her own. The boxes contained bricks, stones, granite pieces, copper pipe pieces, fabric, used paint brushes, plates, pottery shards, boards, wire mesh, paint sample and a number of other odds and ends.

Artists who created work for the benefit auction are Mark Kelly, Michael Branca, Louise Philbrick, Dan Dowd, Anastasia Weigle, Edward Mackenzie, Jill Dalton, Mike Libby, Nathan Deveau and his daughter, Eva Deveau. Their works may be viewed, bid on and bought now at Those works that have not been purchased by 5 p.m. Saturday will go up for live bid at the show’s evening gala. All proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity.

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