Monday, August 10, 2009

2009 Lighthouse Art Raffle

This raffle benefits the restoration efforts of Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse, a chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation. The organization cares for Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse in New Castle, NH, and Whaleback Lighthouse in Kittery, Maine.

The drawing will be on December 12, 2009. Tickets are $5 each, 3 for $10. Click here to buy tickets.

First Prize

Original artwork by artist Randall Peterson depicting Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse, valued at $1600. The original work of art is 8 by 10 inches and is signed by the artist and framed and matted in a 16 by 18-inch frame. The pen used to create the artwork will also be included.

The style and technique used in Peterson’s drawings is called pointillism or stippling. Dots are grouped together to form an image. The closer together the dots are, the darker the tones. Pointillism was first introduced in the 1880 by the French artist Georges-Pierre Seurat.

“With the tragedies and storms that may occur in our personal lives,” says Randall Peterson, “for many people the beacon of light from a lighthouse is a symbol that represents a sense of survival, strength, hope and peace. Today, from my heart, it is more rewarding and an inspiration for me as a person to create artwork that may give an emotional lift to others in finding a calmness in their lives.”

For more on Randall Peterson, visit

Second Prize

A framed artist's proof print of the painting “Endeavour’s Run” by Julia O'Malley Keyes. The 12 by 18-inch print is matted in a 24 by 30-inch frame. The painting depicts the Endeavour, a 130-foot J Class sloop that was commissioned by Sir T.O.M. Sopwith and built by Camper & Nicholson at Gosport England to challenge for the America's Cup.

Ms. O'Malley-Keyes’s paintings are collected extensively in the United States, Europe, and Canada. She was voted as one of the “Top 400” most influential people on Cape Cod and is regarded as one of the most collected marine artists today. She resides in North Falmouth, Massachusetts, where she maintains her studio and art gallery. For more information, visit

Third Prize

A 16 by 20-inch print on canvas of the photograph “Boston Light at Sunset” by Jeremy D’Entremont. D’Entremont is the author of six books on lighthouse history and his photographs have appeared widely in many publications. His web site is

Fourth Prize

2010 Maine Lighthouse Poster Calendar by award-winning graphic artist Alan Claude. Includes a dozen beautiful 11 by 14-inch prints of scenic Maine lighthouses.

Influenced by American realist painter Edward Hopper and European travel posters of the 1920s, Alan Claude's challenge was to create an original series with a certain freshness of expression. The Maine Lighthouse Collection Series is a way to honor these national historical treasures. You can visit Alan's website at:

Fifth Prize

Ten winners will receive signed limited edition prints of Randall Peterson’s pointilist drawing of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse.