The Humane Society of Knox County has announced that the 21st annual Art for the Animals Auction fundraiser will take place at Rockland’s Maine Lighthouse Museum, 1 Park Drive. The event will kick off at noon Friday, July 30 and wrap up Sunday, Aug. 1 at 3 p.m.

The new location was selected to increase accessibility and community participation in this annual auction fundraiser that features the donated works of many Maine artists, as well as gift certificates and special items contributed by Midcoast businesses. All proceeds benefit HSKC’s programs to care for homeless and abandoned animals.

Nancie Burton, president of the HSKC board of directors, said the organizers are very excited about the new location at the Lighthouse Museum.

“This will put us ‘where the action is,’ making it easier for people to visit us and the many other great attractions Rockland has to offer. We look forward to working with the Lighthouse Museum team and the Rockland merchants group to make this weekend a win-win for everyone,” Burton said.

As in previous years, Art for the Animals will consist of a three-day silent auction; on Sunday between noon and 2 p.m., there also will be a reception followed by a live auction of selected works of art called by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ auctioneer Kaja Veilleux.

The Humane Society of Knox County was founded in 1989 to provide care, protection, and loving homes for abandoned and homeless companion animals in the Midcoast area. The society operates an animal shelter located between the Dexter Street Extension and Buttermilk Lane in Thomaston that is open between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. every day except Wednesdays.

The Humane Society of Knox County provides animal support services to more than Knox County, serving the towns of Rockland, Thomaston, Warren, Owls Head, St. George (including Port Clyde, Martinsville, and Tenants Harbor), South Thomaston (including Spruce Head), Hope, Union, Appleton, Montville, Searsmont, Cushing, Matinicus, North Haven, Vinalhaven, Stockton Springs, Morrill and Northport.

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