Gone to the Birds Art Preview “Joy”

We are so proud to present the very first birdhouse donated to the Gone to the Birds Gala and Art Auction!



“Joy” Created by Sheila Flathers, Old Orchard Beach, Maine

Artist Statement:

“Last fall I found myself with some additional time on my hands. Now that I am retired, I found doing this project gave me somewhat of a new lease on life. I welcomed the time to spend doing what I love most; creating things to make others happy. I selected a church because my sister and I thought it would be unique.”

About the Artwork:

This gorgeous birdhouse is a replica of a small-town church, with amazing detail, right down to the stained glass windows.

“The roof is an old tin quilting pattern that my mother passed down to me. Most of the other materials used were things I had acquired in my many years of crafts and that had just been sitting around for years. The shingled steeple and columns were added by two of my friends (Jason and Jeff) at the local hardware store.”

Sheila is a retired Advertising Executive who spent time in Texas and Kansas before settling in Maine 11 years ago.

The Gone to the Birds Gala and Art Auction will be held on September 18, 2014 at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in celebration of RCAP Solutions 45th Anniversary.


If you are an artist – would you like to donate a birdhouse or bird-related artwork to the Gone to the Birds Gala?  It’s a fabulous opportunity for promotion, publicity and philanthropy. Your work will be auctioned by the world famous Skinner Auction House to support RCAP Solutions homelessness prevention initiatives in support of family programs in central Mass.  For more information on donating artwork to this exciting event, please click here.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available to fit every budget size.  For more information, please click here.

For more information about the Gone to the Birds Gala, please visit https://www.rcapsolutions.org/gonetothebirds/