The Gathering Gala had a slightly different look and feel in 2016. With the launch of our new strategic plan in the fall of 2015, the Abbe announced big plans for the future: we’re developing a juried art show right here in downtown Bar Harbor. Modeled after markets like the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market and the Santa Fe Indian Market, the Abbe Museum Indian Market will be a multi-day event in May 2018 that will invite Native artists from across North America to participate, with the intention of developing Bar Harbor as THE destination for Northeastern Native Art.

In anticipation of this important new event, we made some changes to the Gathering Gala in 2016 to get us moving in the right direction. The evening kicked off with a red carpet arrival at 6 pm, followed by a cocktail hour outside on the Bar Harbor Club's gorgeous patio. Guests enjoyed gourmet passed hors d'oeuvres and mingling with Native artists who donated items to the live auction before being entertained by a live performance that brought them into the main ballroom for a seated dinner. From there, a festive live auction that was as entertaining as it was successful ended the evening.

Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate the Abbe Museum at our largest annual fundraiser. Your contributions—through auction purchases, the paddle raise, dinner tickets, and additional donations—directly supports our work at the Abbe, which in turn impacts our more than 30,000 visitors, including 3,000 Maine school children.

Photos © by Rogier van Bakel,


Gala Artists & Auction Donors

Jomie Aipeelee

Gina Brooks

Decontie & Brown

Home & Away Gallery

Gabriel Frey

Mahoosuc Guide Service

George Neptune

New England Outdoor Center

Lenny Novak

Jamie Okuma

Emma Soctomah

Molly Neptune Parker

Butch Phillips

Jennifer Pictou

Sarah Sockbeson

Fred Tomah




Andrew Simon, Barn Arts Collective

Nora Miller, previous Abbe staff member and currently at WomanCare Global

Paddle Raise Donors


Erin Allen

Heather & Alf Anderson

Jim & Diane Ash

Gerald & Marie Berlin

Steven Boucher & Jenna Horton Boucher

Michael Brengs

Louise Brodman

John & Emily Brown

Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko & Lawrence Legutko

Doug & Jocelyn Childs

Joseph F. & Alyne K. Cistone

Darron & Karen Collins

Mary Cox Golden

Jeff Dalrymple

David & Susan Edson

Mr. & Mrs. Nathaniel R. Fenton

Elsie Flemings & Richard Cleary

Michael & Caroline Fournier

Wendy Gamble & Carl Kuehn

Joseph & Cathryn Gerstner

Julia & John Gray

William & Nina Horner

Jennifer Hughes

Sonja Johanson

Bethany Johnson

Jennifer Judd-McGee & Sam McGee

Jack & Margaret Kelley

Adam Lee

Beau & Melanie Lisy

Story Litchfield

Matt & Kristina Losquadro

Michael McFarland

Barbara McLeod & David Hales

Roger & Margot Milliken, Jr.

George Neptune

Michael & Ellie Pancoe

Nancy & Dan Poteet

James Mroch & Mary Ratner

Julie Richard & Ed Buonvecchio

Amy & Craig Roebuck

Sunne Savage Neuman

Jill Sawyer

Martha & Tim Searchfield

Patti & Jerry Selig

Kyle & Allison Shank

Mr. & Mrs. Henry D. Sharpe, Jr.

Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Sharpe

Debby Smith

Sheridan & Barbara Steele

Katherine Stroud Bucklin & Michael Bucklin

Joan & Dave Szkutak

Mr. & Mrs. William N. Thorndike, Jr.

Matthias Waddicor

Richard & Christine Wellman

Sandy Wilcox & Jack Russell

Carol Wishcamper

C.J. & Kristen Young

Jeff & Jena Young

Frank & Diane Zito