BELFAST — A packed house was on hand the evening of June 23 at the United Farmers Market  as part of Waterfall Arts gala fundraiser entitled From the Forest to the Sea.

Those in attendance were there to honor founders Alan and Lorna Crichton, while also bidding on a variety of items in both a live and silent auction to raise funds for Waterfall Arts capital campaign for the completion of the organization’s gallery renovation.

According to Waterfall Arts Marketing Manager Chris Battaglia, the Crichtons founded the organization over 20 years ago and it has grown steadily since its founding.

While the final figures on how much money was raised Thursday night were not available at press time, Battaglia said that there were several higher-ticket items that saw strong bidding during the event, including a luxury vacation home getaway in Manzanill, Mexico; a personal in-home tour with Belfast artist Linden Frederick; a Lois Dodd painting entitled “Quarry at Night” and a personalized pastel portrait by Alan Crichton.

Battaglia said the event was a big success and even included a paddle bidding session at the end where participants bid, not on specific items, but to provide additional donations for the capital campaign.