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Call to Artists – “Artists’s Choice” Exhibition – Deadline April 29

River Arts in Damariscotta is inviting artists throughout Maine to submit artwork for jurying in its upcoming exhibition, “Artists’s”  Choice”. Artists can submit up to three works in any medium including sculpture, photography, collage, painting, ceramics, and fine craft – representational or abstract. Work can be delivered anytime during gallery hours until the deadline, which is Saturday, April 29 at 4 p.m. An opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m., Friday, May 5th  5-7.

The juror for this show will be Charlotte Davenhill, owner of the Tidemark Gallery in Waldoboro. Charlotte has owned the gallery for twelve years. “It’s richly rewarding for me to reflect on our original mission: to serve the artists in our community. Joys and sorrows have been shared. Lessons have been learned. Mainly, it’s truly a labor of love — a work that will never be done as long as there are artists among us with the vision, the courage, the energy and the generosity of spirit to show us what they see. Both the making and the curating of art are about making decisions. For me, this is the meaning behind the words, “Artists’ Choice”.”

Artists may submit up to three works for an entry fee of $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Artists will be notified by email or phone of the juror’s decision. Submissions may not have been shown at River Arts previously. Entry forms are available online at riverartsme.org and at the gallery, at 241 U.S. Route 1 in Damariscotta, when submitting. All work entered must be for sale

Wall-hung work size maximum is 60 inches in height, 42 inches in width; for safety reasons, Plexiglass or other non-glass options  should be used.

All works should be wired securely with picture wire (not floral wire, not string, not fish line).  With the large number of works that are being shown, we are asking that work be presentation ready so that we are not spending so much time with chores such as cleaning the glass, tightening screws, and re-wiring works that are not gallery ready.

All works must be labeled with title and artist’s name on the back.

We want to encourage everyone to frame their works.  Simple, well-constructed frames will give the gallery a more professional appearance. Your individual work will be greatly enhanced with proper framing.  Table top frames do not hang well and we recommend that artists use standard wall frames complete with picture wire.

Queries and requests may be directed to River Arts at 563-1507 or by email at info@riverartsme.org. River Arts is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 to 4, and on Sundays from 10-2. It is closed on Mondays. River Arts is located at 241 US Route 1 in Damariscotta, Maine.

River Arts holds 10 themed, open, juried exhibitions per year—with some of Maine’s most prominent art community members as jurors.  Over 1000 different Maine artists have exhibited in these shows.  The gallery program creates opportunity for artists to have their work selected, participate in the gallery process and sell their work.  Over 7,000 people visited the gallery and participated in events and workshops last year.

The mission of River Arts is to nurture and encourage participation in the arts throughout Maine by providing exhibition, studio and performance spaces, classes and workshops, for people of all ages and abilities and support a wide range of activities in artistic disciplines by partnering with other arts and performance organizations to produce programs.

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