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Sanford Porchfest Art Auction is LIVE!

Sanford Porchfest 2022 On-Line Auction Gallery on First is excited to announce a virtual auction of over 30 original works of art to benefit Sanford Porchfest 2022. The auction will be open to the public starting TODAY and winning bids will be announced at 5pm on Saturday, 2/26 (day of Porchfest). Proceeds will go to fund art-based scholarships, camp tuition and educational programs for kids in the Sanford community. Artwork will be available to view in person at Park on Park the day of Porchfest. Stop by Gallery on First Thursday, 1/17 from 6-9pm for a preview auction items during Art & Jazz Night or see the entire collection in person during Porchfest (2/26) at Park on Park. Click here to view available artwork and place your bid! For any inquiries, please call or email the gallery. 407-323-2774

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19 6 PM – 9 PM . Every third Saturday of the month the 16 studio artists in residents at Gallery on First welcome art lovers to their Open Studio event from 6-9pm. Enjoy complimentary refreshments and stroll the gallery halls to meet the artists and get a glimpse of their latest work. This event is located in charming Historic Downtown Sanford where brick lined streets are lit by string lights and house dozens of independently owned shops and restaurants.

February’s Featured Artist Mark Seppala Mark was born in Quincy, MA. and grew up in Pembroke, MA. He is a graduate of the New England School of Art and Design, majoring in Advertising Design and Animation. He served in the U.S. Navy for 6 years, and one of those years Mark lived in Keflavik, Iceland, which is now his favorite vacation hideaway. His dream from childhood was to work for Walt Disney.  In 1989, he was hired as General Manager and Character Artist, for Disney Theme Park Merchandise in Orlando, Florida. He grew the Disney Design Group from 5 artists to 40 when he retired in 2013. The design department was responsible for the merchandise for the theme parks, the resorts and the Disney Cruise Line. He continues to do contract work for them on a freelance basis.

His passion now varies from painting and illustrating, to model building and music. In his studio at home, he built a 6-foot model of the RMS Titanic, from scratch, not a kit. It’s now on display at the Gallery on First in Sanford. He also built a replica of the 36” tall Howdy Doody marionette and is currently sculpting his buddy from the Dilly Dally Show. He also restores vintage bass drums and turns them into coffee tables with original hand drawn art on the top of the drumheads. He and his partner, John Sullivan both have a studio space at Gallery on First in Sanford.

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